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The practice to enrich models with semi precious overlays was very common in Italy from the 1920s till the late 1940's.

Ebonite Waterman pens such as safeties (42s, 44s etc), lever fillers ( 52s, 54s, 56s etc) and eyedropper fillers (72s) became much easier to sell with a decorative overlay.

The range of decorations used on Waterman pens is very very wide, almost impossible to be catalogued. Overlays were commissioned by the Italian Agent to various workshops and they exist with varying designs of clips, cap tops and decorations.

For more details about this very interesting chapter of the history of Italian fountain pens, please check the blog.

This Waterman 42 has a very rich high relief floral overlay with the addition of two bands decorated with meandros on a dark background. It dates back to the mid 1920's

The pen is in excellent condition and has no damages. There is only a minimal oxidization of the ebonite of the turning knob.

The nib is a very flexible Waterman Nr. 2.