Pens and Ephemera

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Vintage Pens: 3930 Sheaffer Valiant
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 3930: Sheaffer: Valiant
Sheaffer launched a new filling system in 1949 called the TouchDown filler. It was a pneumatic filler that used air pressure to empty and fill a rubber ink sac inside the pen. Our Sheaffer Valiant TM (Thin Model) is one such TouchDown-filling vintage pen from the very early 1950s. It has been restored with a new ink sac and O-ring. Just unscrew the tail blind cap counterclockwise and pull back to prime the pen. It is the down stroke that fills the pen, even if that might seem counter-intuitive. There's a little ink viewing window to let you know if it is almost empty. It is ambered, but you can still see through it. The pen has some wear from use, but nothing that is hideous, especially if you plan to make it a daily driver. Its firm conical nib made of 14k gold writes a fine line with a little feedback. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3996 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 3996: Sheaffer: Balance
It is difficult to find a jade Sheaffer Balance set that isn't mostly discolored, but we think you are going to like this fully restored vintage pen and pencil. Click the headline for close-ups. The pen is two or three thin shades browner than the pencil, but you still see mostly green. Crisp imprint and no cracks. The clip shows brassing on the top, hump and ball. There's a little brassing on the cap band, too. It has a new ink sac. Its 14k gold Lifetime nib writes a very nice extra-fine line with only a little feedback. The pencil is a larger model pencil than we normally see. It looks to be in mint condition with a working refill that still advances and retracts with ease. There's a spare 1.1mm lead under the old, hardened eraser. Pen measures 14.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3995 Sheaffer Milady Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 3995: Sheaffer: Milady Balance
As far as rose glow Sheaffers go, this is one of the rose glowiest we've seen. Rotate this Sheaffer Milady Balance set under a strong light and you'll see a great diversity of shadings between dusty pink and an almost burgundy pink, as well as delightful runs of grey in the rare celluloid. The fountain pen sports a new ink sac, and you can still see through the slightly clouded viewing window. No cracks, a spot of brassing on the cap band and just a little bit of wear from use. A nice crisp imprint on the pen and pencil. The pencil has some deeper nicks on the cap, but they are really hard to see unless intentionally looking for them. No brassing or cracks. Plus, the 1.1mm pencil works well, has extra leads and a hardened eraser under the cap. You'll write a fine line with a little feedback AND a little flex with the 14k gold nib. Slender pen measures 12.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3994 Sheaffer 5-30 Combo
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 3994: Sheaffer: 5-30 Combo
Color perfection is almost achieved by this somewhat rare Sheaffer 5-30 Combo. Half fountain pen and half pencil, this is a great, all-purpose writing instrument. The combo writing instrument craze really was going strong in the 1930s and '40s, but Sheaffer mostly stayed out of it. We are glad to report only a small amount of discoloration on the otherwise perfect pearl & black model. It has some light wear but no cracks or serious scratches. The lever seems a little con-caved on one corner. 1 little clamp line on each side of section. A teeny bit of brassing at the end of the pencil cone. The pen is fully restored with a new ink sac, and the pencil is in working order with a lead inside it, as well as an eraser. The 5-30 meant it was a $5 instrument with a 30-year guarantee. You'll write a very smooth extra-fine line with its original 14k gold nib that also has a razor's edge as you write. Almost not quite feedback, just a smooth, sharp point. 15.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3963 Sheaffer Lady Skripsert
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 3963: Sheaffer: Lady Skripsert
We need the glamour of the 1950s more than ever, and our Sheaffer Lady Skripsert pen in Brocade Silver with Brilliants is a great way to light the way. Suitable for a princess, we offer this classic vintage pen complete with its original box. The box is marked "Xmas 1959 from Kelly" on the back in beautiful cursive writing. The cap of the pen is nearly perfect except for a mark on the very top where it might have been dropped. The barrel has a couple black spots and wear on the tip of the back end. All of the "brilliants" are accounted for, but one is much darker than the others. Its 14k gold nib is marked F9, and it writes a very firm, thick fine line with a bit of feedback. These pens used a slimmer version of the Sheaffer cartridge that is no longer in production today. However, the pen comes with a used cartridge that you can refill with a syringe. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1075 Sheaffer Crest
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 1075: Sheaffer: Crest
Sheaffer Crest fountain pens are easily identified by their gold-filled caps on normal Sheaffer Snorkel pens. This vintage pen sports a nice pastel green barrel. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac, O-ring and snorkel gasket. The snorkel itself is a rare 14k gold tube, which means this is a first-year pen from 1952. Just wait until you write with it. Its two-tone 14k gold nib writes a super-smooth, medium line. There's only a little wear an light scratching on the body. The cap is free of scratches and dents, except directly under the clip, which is a little off kilter. Filing it under "Nobody's Perfect," the skirted nib has a little seepage where the gold meets the plastic. We have tried sealing it with rubber cement to no avail. As it is a great writer, be sure just not to hold it that low, and you'll be fine. When full, keep it nib up when not in use, and that will also minimize seepage. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3893 Sheaffer Craftsman PARTS
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3893: Sheaffer: Craftsman PARTS
Just getting into vintage pens? Maybe this Sheaffer Craftsman from the 1940s will be a good starter. It has heavy wear on the cap and barrel, but we gave it a nice new ink sac. There is a crack in the top of the threads, which you can see if you click the headline for close-ups. It has a nice extra-fine, two-tone 14k gold nib, a clear section and lever-filling system for harvesting. If you want to break all the rules, you can super glue the section into the barrel and make it a daily driver that you can never again open without breaking. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3552 Sheaffer Targa
Filling Mechanism: Rollerball
Era: 1980-present
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3552: Sheaffer: Targa
Yep. We are calling it. In our humble world view, Sheaffer Targas are now vintage pens. The early ones are more than 40 years old, and the design looks handsome as it is. We love Targas, to be sure. Vintage is a title of distinction, and this Sheaffer Targa rollerball pen, electroplated in gold, is distinguished. No dents or deep scratches, only light wear from use. Well, that is until you get to the very discolored black section. We tried polishing it out without success. No cracks, just discolored. It uses Sheaffer rollerball refills, but we are, unfortunately, out of them. 13.5cm capped.
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