|Object ID Number||2009.35.1|
|Collection||Mason, Edward Collection|
|Scope & Content||L. E. Waterman Fountain Pen Catalog. Circa 1908. The eighty-three page catalog has thick paper front and back covers. The beginning of the catalog features several pages concerning the history of the Waterman pen, along with depictions of medals received worldwide from 1884 through 1908. The following pages describe the various parts of Waterman pens including nib sizes. There is also a page explaining some of the Waterman numbering systems. The pens shown in this catalog include straight cap, taper cap, and cone cap holders in red, mottled, black, and chased hard rubber. Also shown are vest pocket pens, pump fillers, and desk pens. Many pens are shown in different variations such as chased and/or plain gold filled bands. Many overlay pens are shown in gold, gold filled, and sterling silver. Several special Waterman pens are shown in this catalog. For example, the Heavy Rose and Heavy Lily (No. 214) pens are shown. The Indian Scroll and Rose Wreath pens are shown, as are some No. 404 repoussé pens. Of special interest is page 35, which shows the No. 424 Snake pen, and page 36, which shows the Pineapple pen in models No. 424, No. 0524, and No. 524. The catalog also shows the Majestic, Pansy, Golph, Puritan, Chatelaine, check book pen, various safety pens, and the solid gold Grecian Scroll. Near the back of the catalog is a page on emblem mountings with depictions of emblem pens. Also shown are gift sets with custom ink bottles. Following this is a page showing samples of custom ordered pens with various designs and precious stones. There are then several pages explaining nib variations as well as holder and cap styles. The last twenty-five pages are mainly for dealer use (e.g. dealing with shipping boxes, pen tools, repairs, inks, display cases, and various advertising, sales methods, shipping, discounts, and terms). Also, inside is a 5 ¾" x 4" brown one-sided sheet instructing the pen dealer to, "Put this catalog in your show case drawer" and, "File discount sheet separately." The catalog measures 10 ½ inches tall and 6 7/8 inches wide.|
Waterman, L. E.