WATERMAN'S: Unique "Three Snakes" Sterling Silver Fountain Pen, c.1888-98
Sterling silver barrel & cap entwined with three snakes, two around the barrel, one on the cap, each with two emerald eyes, Waterman 4 nib. Later clip, possibly later feed and nib, some wear to silver at end of pen, thin crack to cap.
A sensational pen both aesthetically and historically. This pen was unknown to collectors prior to its accidental discovery in 1993. It is not only one of the earliest Waterman Snake pens, but also the only example featuring three snakes. Since its discovery 20 years ago, no other examples have surfaced, and it seems safe to say that this phenomenal pen is the only example in existence.
Provenance: Originally sold to Mr. Saragga in Bonhams Fountain Pens & Pencils sale, Chelsea, Oct. 2, 1998. The estimate was £12,000-18,000; the hammer price was £17,000 ($27,000+).
1. Don Lavin, "National News" in Pen World, Volume 2 issue 4, Summer 1989.
2. Don Lavin, "Up Front" in Pen World, Volume 6 Issue 4, March/April 1993. Includes a photograph and description of this pen and its discovery.
3. L. Michael Fultz, "Succumbing To Snakes: Slithering Into the 20th Century" in Pen World International, Volume 8 issue 6, July/August 1995.
4. Fred Plewa, "Snakes" in Pen World International, Volume 8 issue 6, July/August 1995.
5. Bonhams, "Fine and Rare Vintage Fountain Pens", Auction Catalogue, 30th September 1994.
6. Andreas Lambrou, "Fountain Pens Of The World," pp 28-29, Classic Pens Ltd, 1995.