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Vintage Pens: 1069 Sheaffer 3-25
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 1069: Sheaffer: 3-25
Real abalone shells were lacquered into the finish on this Sheaffer 3-25 fountain pen. Click the headline to see the nib close up. The 3-25 meant it was a $3 (back in the day) with a 25-year guarantee. That 14k gold nib writes a nice extra-fine line! We've given this pen a fresh ink sac. The section is made of ebonite, as you can tell by the slight chocolate hazing. The pen has seen some wear as a daily user. The cap has a lot of bite marks. Moderate wear on the rest of the cap and barrel. There is just a little brassing on the cap band. No cracks! Strong imprint. 13.6cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1403 Sheaffer 875
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 1403: Sheaffer: 875
You don't see these every day. The Sheaffer 875 (also might be known as a Sheaffer Craftsman) was only made for about 18 months with a two-tone 14k "Triumph" nib and a lever-filler system. Most of the pens that look like this have a Vacuum piston filler. Our has been fully restored with a fresh ink sac. The pen looks great in this straited golden pearl design. Because it still has so much luster, you have a hard time seeing that it did get a little banged up over the years. Some scratches and dimples but no cracks or brassing. The section was a little loose, so we put a drop or two of orange shellac on it, just as the original Sheaffer repair manuals recommend. (If you replace the sac one day, just be sure to soak it well.) There is a tiny sliver missing from a quarter-inch portion of the threads. Strong imprint. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine line. Click the headline to see it better. 12.6cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1382 Sheaffer Craftsman
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1382: Sheaffer: Craftsman
Sheaffer Craftsman pens were a partial product of wartime shortages, as the thin cap band and small nib will attest. This vintage pen is fully restored with a new ink sac. The ink viewing window is still its perfect light-green clarity. The cap and barrel are nearly perfect except for a nearly quarter-inch scratch leading out from the threads. No cracks, minimal surface wear, strong imprint. The top of the "33" 14k gold nib has some scratches on it, but the nib writes a smooth medium line. No brassing. 12.8cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1395 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 1395: Sheaffer: Balance
Another stickered oversized Sheaffer Balance Lifetime declares itself "S-Medium." Click the headline font for a closer look at the slightly squared nib. It is a smooth writing beauty but there is no line variation as the S for stub implies. Still, it is a great writing, hard-to-find stickered vintage pen. Closer to New Old Stock than the extra fine version below, there is much less surface wear. It was filled at least once in yesteryear, as we noticed in the resaccing process. Fully restored, no brassing, no cracks, strong imprint. Minimal shop wear from the past 80-odd years. Cap marks above the threads and faintly around the tail. Original 14k gold nib writes like a dream. We offset the section, keeping the nib from being perfectly aligned with the lever, to get a firmer grip between the section and barrel. The right edge of the sticker is torn, but you can see the complete "S-Medium." Great for a museum or use. 14.1cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1394 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 1394: Sheaffer: Balance
So, you only like extra-fine nibs and can't find them on a vintage pen? Your ship has come in! Our oversized Sheaffer Balance Lifetime as just such a nib...and it still sports its original STICKER! It's a handsome pen, but we don't think it is true New Old Stock. There is a feint ring around the tail where the cap posted. The pen has some light wear and a small little scuff on the back of the cap. When we restored it with a new ink sac, we saw it had been inked. All of that said, it is still shiny black with no brassing or cracks and a strong imprint. Did we mention it has its original nib sticker?! The right edge of the sticker is torn, but you can see the complete "Extra Fine." The original 14k nib writes a satisfyingly smooth extra-fine line. Not quite as razor thin as some Japanese nibs, but it is about as good as it gets for a factory nib. We have set the section just a little out of line with the lever to eliminate a little slippage. 14.1cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1013 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 1013: Parker: Duofold
Beautiful but short lived, the Parker Duofold "True Blue" came out just as the American economy went into free-fall in 1929. It didn't last in production for very long, but it is still a great pen. Ours is particularly unique for having been made in Toronto, Canada. The strong imprint and original nib say as much. Sadly, the barrel is discolored far more than the cap. The pen has some wear (including faded bite marks on the blind cap), but you can't see it at arm's length. We have restored the pen with a new ink sac. The original Christmas tree inkfeed and 14k gold nib write a smooth fine line with a very light touch. Pressure equals a little feedback but still generally smooth writing experience. It is a junior size pen with a little brassing on the cap bands and clip. The rubber cap topper might have been from a Lady Duofold, as there is a tassie hole in its center. 11.3cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1369 Wahl-Eversharp Skyline Moire
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 1369: Wahl-Eversharp: Skyline Moire
The irony of the Eversharp Skyline Moire pens is that they were considered less desirable in the 1940s. They are now among the most sought after pens this year! This junior-sized grey pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. It looks great at arm's length, but you can see some wear on it up close. The Eversharp clip only has brassing around the lower edges. The 14k gold nib looks like a needle point but writes like a smooth medium. There's a little tarnished scoring at the base of the nib, which you can see in a close up if you click the headline font. The dome seems to be on tightly. 12.1cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1267 Conklin IV
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $45.00
Vintage Pens: 1267: Conklin: IV
Round out your vintage Conklin collection with this silver-plated Conklin IV pencil. Although it hasn't any lead, you can see the mechanism move up and down when you twist the nose cone. The pencil has an attractive chevron patter. You can see it and some of the wear better when you click the headline photo. There are no dents in the barrel, but the nose cone has some pitting and dings. The plating has some dark patches that don't seem to want to polish up nicely. The imprint on the tail are strong. The blind cap reveals the eroded remains of the hardened eraser. 13.4cm.

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