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Capitol Cabinet

Maker: Aikin-Lambert

Apart from the impressions on barrel and clip, the only substantial difference between this and the Waterman 52 is the way the lever is mounted– unlike Waterman’s lever-box, this mechanism is rather more like older Sheaffers, with the lever held in by a pin driven through the barrel, although it works a pressure bar very much in the Waterman pattern, without a j-bar or spring and relying on the sac itself to return the lever to starting point.  I expect that it was trying to make up for the (justifiable) perception as a lesser marque than Waterman by appealing to patriotism with a model name like that.

Production Run: Uncertain, but likely to have started after Waterman’s purchase of the company.

Size: 13.6cm long capped, 17.3cm posted.

Point: 14k gold.

Body: Black hard rubber.

Filler: Lever, capacity approx. 1.5 ml.

Aiken-Lambert Capitol Cabinet (not to scale with other portraits, and taken with my old miserable camera)

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