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Vintage Pens: 2773 Sheaffer Admiral Statesman
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 2773: Sheaffer: Admiral Statesman
She was an Admiral and he was a Statesman, together they made the power couple of the 1950s in pastel blue. Our Sheaffer Snorkel is a married pair, but it is an impressive one. The Sheaffer Statesman half is the barrel side, which was a FIRST YEAR vintage pen from 1952. Click the headline for a close-up of the "palladium silver" Triumph nib and 14K gold snorkel! The cap came from a Sheaffer Admiral. The pastel blues match perfectly. We wet sanded both to a glossy shine, but you can still see a few little imperfections. Its nib writes a nice extra-fine to fine line with a touch of feedback. We restored the pen with a new ink sac, point seal and O-ring. The pocket it clip is a little loose, so be careful with it. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2770 Sheaffer Sentinel Deluxe
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2770: Sheaffer: Sentinel Deluxe
In 1949, Sheaffer introduced the world to TouchDowns, a revolutionary new system of pneumatic filler. They only ran their initial wide-bodied design for one year. This is one of those original 1949 Sheaffer Sentinel Deluxe pens. We restored the pen with a new ink sac and O-ring. We also wet sanded this pen's barrel and blind cap to a glossy shine. Unfortunately, you'll see a series of small pits in the barrel. We don't know what caused them, but they don't go all the way through the barrel. The restored filler works great. The original two-tone 14k gold nib writes a nice fine line. It is a firm nib, but it seems to have a little line variation to medium, depending on your hand angle and style. The polished stainless steel cap shows moderate wear with little dents in the top, and the off-center clip has 80% brassing that we've polished. There is some brassing in the cap band, too. This was somebody's well-loved work horse. It is ready for many more years of service. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2769 Sheaffer Craftsman
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2769: Sheaffer: Craftsman
We've never spent this much time before polishing a $50 pen, but we knew that under all the heavy wear lay a beautiful Prussian blue that could be restored to a glassy finish. It probably took 2 hours of wet sanding, but it was worth it. There are still a few faded deep scratches and reduced bite marks, but those won't be easily noticed for the casual observer. We also restored this pen with a new ink sac and O-ring. The TouchDown filler works great. One last quirk is that it is an American made cap and barrel with a Canadian Sheaffer 14k gold nib that writes a nice medium line. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2768 Sheaffer Statesman
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
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Vintage Pens: 2768: Sheaffer: Statesman
In our humble opinion, there was no cooler vintage pen filling mechanism than the Rube Goldberg-esque Sheaffer Snorkel. Except for a nasty scratch on the section, this Sheaffer Statesman fountain pen looks as if it came directly from the factory in Ft. Madison, Iowa. We restored this pen with a fresh ink sac, point seal and O-ring. It works well. The "palladium silver" Triumph nib writes a firm fine line. Click the headline for a close-up. To fill it, unscrew the blind cap in the tail counterclockwise, while pushing in until it clicks. This locks the snorkel in place. Pull back on the blind cap. Dip the snorkel in ink. Push down the blind cap and wait a couple seconds. Turn the blind cap clockwise to retract the snorkel, and you're ready to write! 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2767 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2767: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-2556
Vintage pen fans are always on the prowl for a great red pen, as it was universally the rarest color of most pen lines. This is not only a rare Esterbrook Icicle pen, it is a red one. Better yet, it has an imprint that wraps around the barrel instead of running up and done it lengthwise. No cracks. Fresh ink sac. BUT, look closely and you might notice something substantially out of place. Check out the lever. It has serious brassing, and we aren't aware of Esterbrook every using brass parts. It fits perfectly and works well, but we suspect it was cannibalized from a different pen. ALSO, the section looks too small, as if it came from an Esterbrook Purse Pen. The inside friction-fitting part of the section has definitely been shaved for a good fit. The pen works well, and the steel 2556 upgrade nib writes a very dry, extra-fine line that has a little feedback. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2766 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2766: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Copper is one of the most sought after Esterbrook colors, and now we have an Esterbrook Icicle in copper! New Old Stock, you can see it comes with its original sticker. It has been restored with a fresh ink sac and is ready for display or use. If you look closely there is a tiny bit of schmutz just below the sticker around the cap band that won't come off. The rest of the pen is immaculate. The imprint is clear but a little weak on the bottom. It comes with the steel 1555 Gregg nib that was intended for use with the Gregg handwriting method that was popular in business at the time. This particular nib writes a Japanese extra-fine line with surprisingly little feedback. It has a touch but not much. This is an LJ model, which is long and slender. (We incorrectly used to ID the LJ's as short. We had gotten some bad info early on. Sorry.) 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2765 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2765: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Green was the only color to vary from the regular Esterbrook J-series to the Icicle models. Our Esterbrook LJ Icicle comes in a brilliant emerald green. It is New Old Stock with its original cap sticker and now ink on the inner cap! It has been restored with a fresh ink sac. The section is a little loose. If you like, we can add a drop of sac shellac to seal it up, but some people don't like that as it might one day damage the pen. There's only a little light wear on the pen, nothing serious. Great imprint. A seemingly unused 1555 Gregg nib writes a remarkably smooth extra-fine to fine line. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2764 Esterbrook LJ Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2764: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle
Seemingly straight from the Esterbrook factory in New Jersey is this new old stock Esterbrook LJ Icicle. This is the first grey Icicle model we've ever carried, and it is practically flawless. It has a new ink sac, no cracks AND the inner cap is entirely free of ink. The cap has its original sticker, which you can see when you click the headline. Crisp, clean imprint. Just a little light surface wear from being on this earth for the past 60-odd years, but nothing to get excited about. It comes with a steel 2668 nib that writes a nice extra-fine to fine line. Due to an incorrect article we read years ago, we've only recently learned that these LJ models are the long skinny ones and the SJ are the short models. This is the long and skinny at 12.8cm capped.
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