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As Waterman progressed into the modern era, it produced many of the pens that are still available today including the Edson, the Exception, the Philéas, the Hémisphère, the Expert, the Harmonie, the Charleston, the Ici et Là, the Audace, the Sérénité, the Liaison and the Carène.Waterman is one of the big three American pen makers of the 20th Century, and we feature them heavily in our catalog.By the later 1920s, Waterman was attempting to catch up; it continued to struggle through and beyond World War II before finally shutting down in 1954.Waterman's French subsidiary, Waterman-JIF (Jules-Isidore Fagard) later Waterman S.A., continued to prosper and eventually absorbed what remained of the American company and its British arm.The Waterman company was acquired by the Bic company which went public in 1958 with a reverse merger; Bic would later sell off the Waterman division.Bottom half advert for Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pen and this ad shows some very high end and hard to find Waterman fountain pens.
From early on, precious metal trim and overlays were offered.Additional ads for Higgins Photo Mount Paste and High Class Writing Papers.WAT-200 Waterman - Higgins Ink eclectic advertisement from August 1900. Top right quarter is the Permit Me add for Higgins' Eternal Ink.Many are still in use today, and their nibs are prized for their smoothness and flexibility. 1900 on means that vintage examples are comparatively easy to find today.The most common models from the hard rubber era are the #12 slip-cap eyedropper, the #52 screw-cap lever-filler, and the #42 retracting-nib safety pen.
In 1908 Waterman released their first retractable-nib "safety" pen.