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Garland 1357V

Maker: Waterman.

Another of the pile of roughly similar pens Waterman was making during its final full decade as a US pen-maker, the Garland is a truncated version of the Stateleigh.  As the distaff (according to Waterman’s marketing department) version of that model, it is raised somewhat above the cost/status plateau that most of Waterman’s output of that time stood upon by the application of a gold-filled cap.  It might also be considered an escalation of the Conquest, the other of the “Ladies’ pens” the company introduced in 1947, as the only difference between them was the material of the cap.  Both were noted in the catalogue as the first feminine Taperites to be offered, and as with that pen, this one’s model number contains the holdover suffix from the old numbering system indicating a vest-pocket pen.

Production Run: 1947 – c. 1953 (this dating is a little at odds with what appears on the my entry for the Conquest; one of them is wrong, but I can’t say which yet, so I hedge my bets).

Cost When New: $13.50 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: 11.6 cm long capped, 13.0 cm posted, 10.5 cm uncapped.

Point: 14k gold.

Body: Plastic.

Filler: Lever, capacity approx. 0.8 ml

Waterman Garland; as is so often the case, a photo does little justice to a big shiny lump of gold. There is a decoration at the mouth of the cap, in the form a a repeated pattern of what could be called “wavy chevrons” or “very distant seagulls”.  This is, despite appearances, a brown example; it’s very dark, but it’s not black.



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