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: 4835 Sheaffer Valiant
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 4835: Sheaffer: Valiant
Why on earth did Sheaffer give up on Persian Blue? This color looks so much better than the pastel blue they used on the snorkel pens. Made in 1950 or '51, this is the earlier Sheaffer Valiant TouchDown model. We restored its pneumatic filler with a new ink sac and O-ring. Click the headline for close-ups. You will see mild wear from past use but no cracks, deep scratches or dings. Barrel clarity lets you know if you are almost out of ink. You will write a wet, firm extra-fine line with a touch of feedback when making the most of its two-tone, 14k gold Triumph nib. 13.5cm capped.
Pencil: 4834 Sheaffer Imperial
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $75.00
Pencil: 4834: Sheaffer: Imperial
We love the diamond pattern in the solid sterling silver Sheaffer Imperial pencil. It is in great working order. Twist the tail cap to extend and retract the .9mm lead. No dents but a little tarnish. You'll find the clip has the initials "S.R.M." A hardened eraser and spare lead are under the cap. 12.6cm.
Vintage Pens: 4833 Sheaffer Clipper
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 4833: Sheaffer: Clipper
The snorkel filler was the last brilliant new filling system from the venerable pen maker. Designed to be the mess-free competition to the ballpoint, this Sheaffer Clipper is a first-year snorkel. Click the headline to see close-ups for the nib and 14k gold snorkel tube. The nib is an extra-fine made of palladium silver. We restore this vintage pen with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. The pen has a some wear from use. No dents or cracks. 14.1cm capped.
Pencil: 4831 Sheaffer Titan
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $69.99
Pencil: 4831: Sheaffer: Titan
Sheaffer Titan pencils were the oversized models. This is a black-and-pearl model that is still showing good color. It works well advancing and retracting the 1.1mm lead. All it takes is a twist of the gold-plated tail cap. Unfortunately, somebody dropped this one years ago. One side of the tail piece is scrunched down a little in a few places. There's a little ding in the nose cone. You also can't miss the engraved name of "E.W. Miller." Spare leads are found under the tail cap. Nevertheless, it still works and writes great! 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4828 Sheaffer Imperial
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 4828: Sheaffer: Imperial
Class up your cartridge pen collection with the Sheaffer Imperial Lifetime. This early cartridge-filling pen sports a great 14k gold inlaid nib. You will write a firm fine line with it. Check out the clip by clicking on the headline for a close-up. It has "Lifetime" engraved in the pocket clip. We sonic cleaned the nib, but we don't seem to have gotten all of the ink out. It takes modern Sheaffer ink cartridges. The pen is crack-free. However, it has moderate wear from use. 13.4cm capped.
Pencil: 4827 Sheaffer Tear Drop Golf Pencil
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
Pencil: 4827: Sheaffer: Tear Drop Golf Pencil
A busy day on the links means you don't want to spend a lot of time tracking your pencil. As such, Sheaffer made these beautiful teardrop golf pencils with a tassie ring to keep the pencil on a necklace of watch fob. Our vintage pencil works well, and looks great. It hasn't any 1.1mm lead, but you can see the lead-pushing mechanism work with a twist of the golden nose cone. It has a hardened eraser in the tail. No brassing, cracks or deep scratches, but you can see some light wear close-up. Click the headline for a close-up look. Tiny. A discreet 6.6cm.
Vintage Pens: 4816 Sheaffer Daily Driver
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 4816: Sheaffer: Daily Driver
Sheaffer famously made a "transition" pen that paired spare flat-top barrels with Balance caps. The trouble is, unless you have the original receipt for the pen, it is nearly impossible to tell if you have an original pen or a pen-repairman's Frankenpen. We found this Sheaffer pen in this condition from somebody who got this pen in this condition. Yet, they got it about 80 years after it was first made, so we can't guarantee this is a true, original pen. We can confirm it has a working new ink sac. Its barrel is more discolored than its cap. Click the headline to see the nib up close. You will write a firm, extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. Junior sized. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4803 Sheaffer PFM-I
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 4803: Sheaffer: PFM-I
Not just for men any more, Sheaffer "Pen for Men" pens are a very stylistic and spectacular pen. We love the inlaid palladium nib and snorkel filling system. If you have larger hands or arthritis, the wide-bodied section and barrel are very comfortable to hold for a longer period of time. Our pen is from a dedicated pen collector who had it restored a few years ago. Its ink sac is still supple. All we had to do was add a little silicone grease to the filling tube. You will write a firm, smooth fine line that leans toward the extra-fine side. Click the headline for close-ups. The cap and pen are in great shape. No cracks! Some light wear and scratches but nothing too shabby. 13.7cm capped.
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