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All pens shown are restored, in nice working order.  Just fill the pen and write!

They are of course backed by our standard warranty

Details about each pen will be provided below.  
Prices do not include shipping.

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Note that pens are not shown to scale.   

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Pen #1983       Parker Vacumatic Major      $167

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
Point:  extra fine Imprint:  excellent
                4th quarter 1946
Size:  5"
COMMENTS:   Parker introduced the Vacumatic in the mid 1930s,  and by the end of the decade had started to transition  to the second generation Vacs  which were thinner, more streamlined, and a little longer.  The Junior and  Major were nearly identical - the barrel parts including the filler are interchangeable.  The big differences  though were that the Major had a larger nib and feed, blue diamond clip and  wide cap band with the chevron pattern.  This is the silver stripe pattern, with  nickel trim.   The condition of the pen is typical for this color - a bit darkened, with the trim with a bit of haze to the finish.  No brassing or dings,  but  neither is it perfect.  Still a nice pen and nice writing too.

Pen #1994               Sheaffer Balance - Jr size                 $87

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  extra fine Flaws: name in barrel Filler:  lever
Point:  extra fine Imprint: excellent Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS:    A Jr. size Balance - more of a ladys size pen.  Decent clarity to the section,  bright plating on the nib,  clean trim.  Name in the barrel - Lizzie Nichols.  A little to deep to even contemplate removing it - not that I'm inclined to do that anyway.

Pen #1985             Montblanc Boheme          $417      

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material:  plastic

Nib condition
:  excellent
Flaws: none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point:  fine  Imprint:  EZ1059305 Size:  5.5"
COMMENTS:   From my collection....  Montblanc Boheme.  Large size, non-retracting, green stone.  A very nice pen, but a little too wide for my tastes and I don't want to change the nib.  

Pen #1991           Sheaffer 1003 Targa         $147

Overall Grade:  near mint
Metal:  gold plated Material:  lacquer over brass

Nib condition
:  excellent
Flaws: none Filler: cartridge/converter
    converter included
Point:  medium (stamped into plastic) Imprint Size:   5"
COMMENTS:  I still have the stainless Targa that I bought 33 years ago before we got married at Penn Traffic in DuBois.  I didn't have the money, but the pen was calling to me....  I still have several Targas, and still think that they're an iconic Sheaffer.  One of the pens that you have to have at some point as a collector.   The  Sheaffer Targa  website has a table that reveals a dizzying array of finishes and colors released over the years.  Be careful - they're addicting!  This one is a great one to start with.  I'd mark it as mint except that I'm sure it has been inked.  The finish is a pleasing matte black, no damage to the paint on the corners of the ends.  The cap clutch still clicks nicely.  I've installed a fresh red end (synthetic sac) converter.  In the box as shown, no papers.

Pen #1984           Parker Vacumatic Jr              $147

Overall Grade:excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material - celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: a bit of staining (green)
        on the barrel threads
Filler:  vacumatic
Point:   extra fine Imprint:  excellent
                 2nd quarter 1947
Size:  5" 
COMMENTS:   This Vacumatic, a Jr, is in excellent condition.  The trim is bright, the nib is a smooth extra fine with a bit of spring to it.  Not enough to call it a flex nib - but enough to make it interesting to write with.    One of the pens that we picked up at the Raleigh Show, it's just been restored and is ready to use.....

Pen #1959       Sheaffer Balance II            $177

Overall Grade:  NOS
Metal: gold plated Material - plastic
Nib condition:  mint Flaws:  none Filler: cartridge/converter
             converter included
Point:   medium Imprint:excellent Size:   5.5"
COMMENTS:    The Balance II was voted pen of the year by a popular pen magazine when it first came out, and it is a great pen.  Unfortunately the more expensive marbled pens were made out of a compressed  acrylic that proved to be prone to cracking.  Beautiful pens, but....  The solid color pens are much more stable.  I never did figure out why the high pens got the two tone nib marled "Feather Touch" and the lower end solid color pens got the "Lifetime" nibs, when it was the other way around with the original  Balance - the more expensive pens got the Lifetime nib.  Go  figure.....   Whatever the case, THIS pen has the  correct Lifetime nib,  a new converter and a box.  No papers with the pen.  The back of the nib is marked with the gold  M.  Priced just a bit above what just the price of a replacement nib (let alone the pen and converter) from Sheaffer.    This pen has not been filled.   If you want me to test the pen, please tell me when you  place your order.
 
Pen #1978         Sheaffer Craftsman        $87

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal: gold plated Material - plastic
Nib condition:  excellent  Flaws:  none Filler: plunger/vacuum
Point:   fine  #33 Imprint: extra fine Size: 4.8"
COMMENTS:   In the plastic (Forticel)  made after 1947.  Very much like the Admiral, but with a #33 nib instead of the larger #5 Feather Touch nib.  Touchdown filler, restored.  Not a flashy pen, but like most Sheaffers,  well made and nice writing.  

Pen #1878         Sheaffer Statesman       $137

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal: gold plated Material - plastic
Nib condition:  excellent - clean bright
            plating on the nib
Flaws:  none Filler: plunger/vacuum
Point:   extra fine Imprint:excellent Size: 5"
COMMENTS:   This is a Statesman, about the same diameter as a Crest,  open nib, plunger filler from the pre-snorkel days.  The pen has what I call the "cartridge" style where the section and filler are the one unit that screws into the barrel.  No white dot of course, because when  these were made Sheaffer was reserving the white dot for the Triumph nib pens, which were considered to be the "premier" pens, even though most of the parts used were the same.  In excellent condition with an exceptional imprint, no brassing and of course restored using our high grade, long life materials for the packing unit and head gasket.
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Pen #1934                Sheaffer Legacy 2 RB                      $117

Overall Grade:  CRISP
Metal: palladium  plated Material - satin chrome plating
Nib condition:  NA Flaws:  none Filler: rollerball refill
          1 refill included
Point:  NA Imprint: Size:  5 1/4"
COMMENTS:   Emperors Silver palladium trim with  an hourglass pattern.  Made in  2002.   This can be converted to a fountain pen if you pull the spring in the end of the barrel and install a nib assembly.   The fountain pens were originally sold with a palladium plated nib.  

Girologio pen cases

  Girologio pen  cases.  Beautiful rosewood pen cases, in your choice of 24 or 36 pens.  These cases are very well made, with glass tops, and velvet lined trays. The deep slots in the trays will hold even your oversize pens.   Click here  to see more pictures and  for pricing information.

GOT INK??
We carry all colors of Sheaffer ink....
black, navy (blue black), blue, red, green,  brown,  turquoise,    and purple.

NEW!   We also stock Aurora ink in the two colors available - blue and black.

Sheaffer ink - $8/bottle
Aurora ink - $14 /bottle



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