Sheaffer
Pens and Ephemera

William A. Sheaffer founded the Sheaffer Pen Company in 1912. His invention of the lever-filling fountain pen that year revolutionized how fountain pens were filled, and by the 1920s Sheaffer became one of the world's most dominant pen companies. Always innovating filling systems, Sheaffer also created a Vacuum-Fil pen, pneumatic TouchDown filler and pneumatic Snorkel filler that made for the first truly mess-free bottled-ink filling system. Started in Fort Madison, Iowa, the Sheaffer Pen Company today is owned by its one-time rival A.T. Cross.
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Vintage Pens: 5145 Sheaffer Tuckaway Crest
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 5145: Sheaffer: Tuckaway Crest
Burgundy doesn't always photograph as nicely as it looks in real life. However, that is the true story for this Sheaffer Tuckaway Crest fountain pen. It is a handsome early TouchDown filler from the 1940s. We restored it with a new ink sac and O-ring. Designed to be discreetly hidden in a pocket or purse, these are clever little pens. This vintage pen was well loved and used with some regularity. You can see lots of fine wear marks on the cap and barrel, but there are no cracks, scratches or dents. Click the headline to see the two-tone 14k gold nib. You will write an acceptably scratchy medium line. The ink viewing window is darkened, but you can still see the factory looking green-yellow of the section sides not effected by ink staining. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5144 Sheaffer Tuckaway Crest
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 5144: Sheaffer: Tuckaway Crest
After World War II, Sheaffer combined genius with a little more genius to create the Sheaffer Tuckaway Crest fountain pen. Using its newly invented TouchDown filler, a pneumatic filler that used air pressure to fill a pen, Sheaffer shrank the pen to fit any pocket or handbag. The end result is this incredible vintage pen. We restored it with a new ink sac and O-ring. It shows a little wear from use, but there are no dents or deep scratches, except for a couple little dents where the pen was likely dropped on the point of the cap. Click the headline to see its 14k gold nib. You will write a wet medium line with little bit of scratch. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5130 Sheaffer Balance Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $75.00
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 5130: Sheaffer: Balance Lifetime
Paging Dr. Tonne. Who knows how many lives this pen might have helped save. All those prescriptions written, records maintained, maybe even research papers drafted. We restored this workhorse pen with a new ink sac. As you can see, it is proudly engraved. It might be harder to see in the photo, but the pen has moderate to heavy wear. No cracks in the lip of the cap but a tiny, shallow chip. There might be a tiny crack under the pocket clip, but we aren't sure. Ample brassing on the cap band and pocket clip. Still, this makes for a good daily driver. You will write a complicated mostly smooth, slightly scratchy line with its juicy, medium nib made of two-tone 14k gold. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5118 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $59.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 5118: Sheaffer: Balance
Good things come in small packages, they say, and we couldn't agree more when it comes to this Sheaffer Balance 875. Carmine is one of the rarer colors of the Balance line. Our vintage pen is free of cracks or significant scratches. There is some wear from use, including some brassing on the clip, lever and cap band, which has an obvious little hill of brassing on the band in the back. It is fully restored with a new ink sac. Nice deep imprint, except for the 875, which is legible but shallow. You can barely see through the ambered ink window. Yet, the star of this pen is its almost buttery smooth extra-fine, two-tone 14k gold nib! Short and slender at 12.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5093 Sheaffer Statesman
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $199.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 5093: Sheaffer: Statesman
Sheaffer first released the snorkel lines of pens in 1952. You can always tell a first-year pen by its 14k gold snorkel. This still-stickered Sheaffer Statesman has a gold snorkel. Aside from maybe a little shop wear, this pastel blue vintage pen looks nearly perfect. This pen has been restored with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. Its matching pencil still works with a twist of the tail cap. It has a hardened blue original eraser and a spare .9mm lead. The fountain pen's nib is made of palladium and writes a medium line. It is firm with a little feedback.
Vintage Pens: 5092 Sheaffer Admiral
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5092: Sheaffer: Admiral
Not as rare as Periwinkle or Mandarin, Buckskin Tan is rarer than black, pastel blue and pastel green. Our Sheaffer Admiral is fully restored with a new ink sac, point seal and O-ring. Sheaffer considered its open nibs inferior to its Triumph nibs, but we think they write much better. This one has a firm, smooth 14k gold nib with an extra-fine point. The pen and pencil are in excellent condition with no cracks and no deep scratches. Light wear from gentle use is the worst you'll find on these vintage writing instruments. Its matching .9mm pencil works great. Twist the tail cap to advance and retract the lead. Under the tail cap appears to be a fresh original blue eraser and a couple spare leads. Pen measures 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5077 Sheaffer 41 Autograph
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $649.99
Vintage Pens: 5077: Sheaffer: 41 Autograph
You can't get much closer to perfection on the hard rubber cap and barrel on a rare Sheaffer 41 Autograph model pen than this. Its chasing and imprint are as crisp as the day it was made. Zero chocolate hazing. Its 41 imprint in the flat tail has orange paint or chalk in it, which apparently isn't original. Not a trace of brassing on its extra-wide gold-plated cap band, clip and lever. The ONLY flaw is the teeniest, tiniest little dimple a 25% turn to the left of the clip in the center of the cap band. That's it, and you'll miss it if you don't specifically look for it. Our vintage pen is fully restored with a new ink sac. It has a replacement 14k gold Lifetime nib without the serial number AND an original spear-point inkfeed. You will write a fine line with a little feedback, but we don't think most people will be making such a beautiful specimen a frequent writer. It is an impressive vintage pen, especially in this condition. Click the headline for close-ups. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5114 Sheaffer Balance Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 5114: Sheaffer: Balance Lifetime
The genius of Sheaffer is evident in its Sheaffer Balance pens. Modern, streamlined, simple to use and yet enduring craftsmanship that has a 90-year-old pen working as good as new! Our oversized vintage pen is nearly perfect. No cracks, scratches or brassing. You have to feel its only imperfection, which is a slight bulge around the inner-ring that serves as a hinge for the lever. Fully restored with a new ink sac, this pen is both ready for use or a museum display. Its two-tone 14k gold nib is perfect and only slightly rare side of life. You will write a smooth, firm extra-fine line with it, feeling perfect contact with the paper. The ink-viewing window in the section is darkly ambered but perfectly fine. 14.2cm capped.
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