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Crusader 517

Maker: Waterman.

Another of Waterman’s warlike model names (although introduced post-war), the Crusader was a model aimed a little more at the popular market than the swarm of slightly-expensive pens that made up the bulk of the company’s offering in the 1940s (like the Citation).  As the model number indicates, it is the full-length version of the Conquest.  Most examples of the Crusader have rather attractive anodized caps (although some catalogues show a relatively plain one matching that on the Conquest), although in many current examples that statement must be in the past tense; time is not kind to the caps of Crusaders.

Taperite and standard points were available for this model.

Production Run: c. 1946 – c. 1953.

Cost When New: $5.00 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: 13.0 cm long capped in all variants;

  • Rounded section- 15.2 cm posted, 12.0 cm uncapped.
  • Taperite- 16.0 cm posted, 12.1 cm uncapped.
  • Hourglass section- 15.1 cm posted, 11.9 cm uncapped.

Point: 14k gold

Body: Plastic.

Filler: Lever, capacity approx. 1.1 ml.

Waterman Crusader – despite what I say above, most of the caps I’ve actually been in the room with have been in rather good shape

Waterman Crusader Taperite – they did actually come in other colours than black

Comparing this to the two above, one might think it was the oldest. This shape of section, though, was showing up in ads in 1953.

The early iterations of the breed have an uncoloured cap; note the incised "band" decor.

The early iterations of the breed have an uncoloured cap; note the incised “band” decor.

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