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Maker: Waterman.

The Medalist is very nearly a Hundred Year Pen.  It mounts a point inscribed “Emblem Pen”, which until recently this was considered descriptive of a model.  However, some recent scholarship indicates that the point impression is not entirely definitive, as ads of the time show the point in the Medalist pen.  Keeping in mind the slightly loose usage of the word “pen”, in that it can describe the point alone as well as the entire assembly, it is not completely wrong to think of it as an Emblem pen in a Medalist body, but that does stress one’s limits of tolerance for ambiguity.

Sticking with pen as assembled object, the Medalist is a large pen, in many ways similar to the Hundred Year, even to the extent of being intermittently available in a ribbed form.  Not quite the top of the line, it is another pen of Waterman’s 1940s output that occupied a broad price-point plateau of slightly-high cost.  I suspect that this model was not offered in a Taperite variant, as ads and catalogues show it only with the traditional point.

Production Run: 1945 – c. 1952.

Cost When New: $8.75 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: X cm long capped, 14.8 cm posted, Z cm uncapped (this will remain slightly mysterious until a repair is made to the tail “gum drop”).

Point: 14k Gold

Body: Celluloid

Filler: Lever, capacity approx. X ml (see previous; why put in a new sac before an intrusive repair?)

Waterman Medalist

Waterman’s Emblem Point, the source of confusion



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