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The first firm "I wants it!" gets the pen.

Pen #2535        Streamlined Duofold Jr    $157

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  button
Point: fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  4.72"
COMMENTS This is a streamlined Duofold Jr from the 1930s....   the style that Parker copied when they made their  Big Red in the 1970s.   I find that I prefer the streamlined design over the flat tops of the 20s.  The Jr is a comfortable size pen for every day, general writing - not too big, not too thin.  The curved section is comfortable to grip, and the cap posts firmly.  The clip is an original clip, no brassing on the clip or cap band.  The nib is a smooth fine, Vacumatic style nib, and the pen has a vacumatic style feed.   Some wear in the middle of the imprint, but still quite readable.   

Pen #2567       1085   Amber Moire' Sheaffer Targa      $297
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material: amber laque over brass
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  NOE
Filler: Cartridge/converter
               converter included
Point:  fine
Imprint:   Size:   5.3"
COMMENTS 1994-1996    Hard to find pens in an absolutely gorgeous pen, in perfect condition.   Hands down one of the prettiest, most attractive Sheaffers I've handled.    Only the green one, which I am NOT selling, is more attractive.  The nib in the pen as shown is a fine nib.  A broad nib is available for $35 more, or  you can have the broad nib ground to a custom nib for $65 more.

Pen #2559       Parker Vacumatic Jr.       $157

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
Point:    extra fine
Imprint:  excellent
              1st quarter 1946
Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS  The Parker Vacumatic Jr is the same size as a Major, but the Major difference (pun intended) is from the neck up - the Jr  feed is smaller, the nib is smaller, the cap has two bands instead of the wider band - and no blue diamond.  Even the diameter of the section is the same.  Comfortable pens to write with, posted or unpasted, though I usually post the cap on these pens.  The trim on this pen is in excellent condition, no brassing or dings, no tooth marks,  and a deep, crisp imprint. There is some transparency to the barrel - I think because the clear bands on the pen are closer together than you find with some others.   Freshly restored.

Pen #2525       Parker Vacumatic Jr.       $157

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
Point:    extra fine
Imprint:  excellent
              2nd  quarter 1943
Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS  Parker wasn't as bad as Sheaffer in reusing names, but the Jr of the 1st generation pens is quite different from the Jr of pens like this one from the 2nd generation of Vacumatics.  As noted elsewhere, the physical size of the pen is the same as the Major, whereas the first generation Jr was a tad shorter than the e band Standard.  It has the two bands on the cap, smaller nib and feed, and of course no blue diamond on the clip, which the Major and Oversize have.  This is a nice pen with a nice writing nib.  The trim on this pen is in excellent condition, no brassing or dings, no tooth marks,  and a deep, crisp imprint. Nice transparency in the barrel which you can see in the picture.   Not minty clear, but better than most.   The lighter bands on the cap are there - just rotated out of position in this picture.    Freshly restored.  No need to repair the pen yourself, or send it off to someone and wait for its turn in the queue.   Instead instant gratification - buy the pen, receive it,  ink it and off you  go pen Nirvana.  OK, maybe the last parts  a bit of a stretch, but it is a nice writing pen.

Pen #2526      Parker Vacumatic Major   Medium flex nib     $197

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
Point:  medium flex
Imprint:   extra fine - number a bit
       worn but readable -  1st quarter  19540  
Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS  I honestly forgot about this pen .  The number tells you its been in the trays for a while, but  I missed it when listing pens.  Nice pen - the date code is 1940, but it is as found with the plastic pump VS Speedline pump, and single jewel  blind cap.  Unusual nib - medium and flexible.  Not wet noodle, but not just a bit of spring either.  Fully restored.

Pen #2564               Parker 51                 $157

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see notes Filler:  vacumatic
Point:    extra fine
Imprint Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS  A nice smooth writing Parker 51.  Freshly restored, no brassing, no dings in the cap.  No date code, but no evidence of  it having worn off.  I've had the pen so  long that I can offer no explanation.  Reproduction jewel.

Pen #2564 or 2565       Fantasy  Connaisseur       $397
Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: cartridge/converter
              squeeze converter included
Point:     extra fine,  on all pens
Imprint:   Size: 5.5"
COMMENTS:  To my knowledge, Sheaffer never sold this pen in these colors, though they do show up in the images on the Sheaffer Targa site's Connaisseur page.  If you haven't seen it already, its well worth taking the time to read Richard Binder's article on the Sheaffer Connaisseur.    The red pen is the one shown in the article.  The pens started marbled Vintage No Nonsense  pens, and using original hardware from a Connaisseur, were converted to what you see in the picture.  Even the white dot came from Sheaffer stock.  I have to date, sold only one other of these "fantasy" pens.  It has the clear ends that were used on the Sheaffer Seas Red Sea pens.  Any others that  I make (IF I make any)  will have solid color ends.   The nibs are  original Connaisseur nib.  Your chance to own a unique and gorgeous fountain pen.

Specify color and pen number  when you order :              
blue - #2564
                                                        green - #2565

Pen #2562       Sheaffer Grand Connaisseur       SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: see comments Filler: cartridge/converter
            NOS converter included
Point:    extra fine 18K
     optional  factory stub available
      - see notes
Imprint:   Size:  5.5"
COMMENTS:  The Grand Connaisseur is dressed up in a metal overlay - gold plated, sterling silver or a laque tortoise shell finish.   This is the gold finish pen.  No brassing, no dents.  It came to me with the barrel end missing, so one has been made out of brass, polished and gold plated.  The nib in the pen is a  standard two tone Connaisseur nib.   I have a NOS, CHALK MARKED FACTORY STUB  Grand Connaisseur nib  available that can be swapped into the pen  for an additional $145.

Pen #2560      Sheaffer  Roseglow Balance jewelers band Set      $147
Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: see comments Filler: plunger
Point:  extra fine #5 Feather Touch
Imprint:   excellent Size: 5.3"
COMMENTS I've had a couple of the Roseglow Balance pens.  The very first one was a plunger filler that I bought here in Beaver Falls  back in 2006, and was the first plunger filler I restored.  This one has a jewelers band on both the pen and pencil.  The nib is a nice smooth extra fine, with plating that is excellent.  The clip has a couple of small flea bites.  Neither the pen nor pencil have brassing on the trim.  The initials R.E.H. are engraved on the back of the band.  The color of the pencil and pen cap is excellent.  The color of the barrel is as you see it.    The pen is fully restored.

Pen #2533       Sheaffer Balance Set   MINT!    $147

Overall Grade:  MINT
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: none  Filler: lever
Point:  fine
Imprint:   CRISP Size: 5.6"
COMMENTS Here's a real gem that we came across recently.   Otto apparently wasn't a fountain pen user.  The pen was never inked, and is in absolutely mint condition.  Crisp imprint, perfect trim, the sticker still on the pencil.   The section is as clear and bright as you'll ever find one, the plating on the nib perfect.    Its sad really, because the nib feels like  the pen will be a nice writer.   The box is in nearly perfect condition too.    But there's the name in the barrel.  You can look at it as a pen that belonged to someone else, or you can say that the pen is named Otto Sneider.   Whatever the case, its an exceptionally clean set, and you can be the first one to ink it.... unless you decide that you want me to fill it and test it before we end it out to you.  Just let me know when you write to order the set.

Pen #2540       Sheaffer  22 Student Special       $147

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: BCHR
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: Lever
Point:  fine 22 student special
Imprint:  excellent Size:  4.4"
COMMENTS  I don't think that I have had a chance to handle one of these before, let alone have one to offer for sale.  The nib is marked "22 Student Special".  The pen is black chased hard rubber, the color is original - the pen has not been blackened.  The no cracks,  trim is clean, no brassing, and while not crisp,  the chasing on the pen is still  sharp and deep.  The nib is a smooth fine.  

Pen #2552        Sheaffer 676  Feather Pattern Targa Ballpoint      $47

Overall Grade:  NOS
Metal:  excellent Material: lacquer over brass
Nib condition:   Flaws:  none Filler:  BP
Point: BP
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS  NOS Sheaffer Targa 676 feather pattern ballpoint.  This is one of the more unusual finishes for the Targa line,and not seen very often.   The pattern is engraved in the barrel, with a clear lacquer finish applied so that the surface of the pen is smooth.   As near as we can tell the pens were made between 1986 and 1993.   A new blue refill has been put in the pen.  No box

Pen #2525       Parker Vacumatic Jr       $157

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  vacumatic
Point:  fine
Imprint:  excellent
     2nd quarter 1943
Size: 5.1"
COMMENTS  A very clean Vacumatic Jr.  Clean trim, clean clip, no tooth marks,  and as you can see in the picture, very nice transparency in the barrel.   The imprint is nice and deep.  Freshly restored.

Pen #2554      clipless  Sheaffer Tuckaway     $147

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:   excellent Flaws: see description Filler:  plunger
Point: extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  4.5"
COMMENTS  The war time Triumph pens have a short section and the wide cap band.  The Tuckaway is usually found without a clip, as is the case with this one. The caps for the full size pen fit if you want a clip on your pen.  The barrel on this one has nice transparency and a clean imprint.. There is a small dimple on the cap band.  No brassing.  Fully restored with our high grade, long life rubber materials

Pen #2547    Sheaffer 1003  Matte Black Targa           $147
   custom ground 1mm stub nib

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: lacquer over brass
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point:  custom ground 1mm cursive italic
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTSThis version of the black Targa dates from around 1990.  The plastic barrel liner has been replaced by a more durable metal thread bushing and  the end has the metal trim ring to prevent the end of the barrel getting chipped.  The nib is a custom ground 1mm stub - 1mm down stroke, 0.4mm horizontal.   I think that the pen is NOS, but there is a little sheen from posting to the matte finish on the barrel.  Even on NOS pens the cap clutch compresses and loosens over time, so I've installed a new cap clutch so that the cap closes with a firm, crisp SNAP!  In the box with the original papers.  There is a new converter in the pen, and we'll throw in a cartridge of whatever color we come up with .  

Pen #2538        Sheaffer Targa  1005 set      $167

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: gold plated
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point: fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS This Sheaffer Targa set is the classic gold plated fluted pattern.  No dents,  no dings, the BP  has a good black refill, the FP has a piston converter.  The pen has been cleaned and serviced.  In the original box with papers and an unopened package with 2 cartridges.   The cap has a new cap clutch, so it closes with a satisfying "snap!"

Pen #2507        Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel      $137

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  initials  JLL engraved
              on the cap band.
Filler: snorkel
Point:  medium
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.6"
COMMENTS  The Sheaffer Saratoga was one of three open nib model pens.   Sheaffer was pushing their Triumph nib pens, so the open nib pens didn't get a white dot, though everything except the nib unit and snorkel tube was the same.  The same.  ...except no dot.    This pen is in excellent condition, fully restored, and of course a PVC sac has been installed instead of latex, so it won't fail and leak if you use a fancy ink in it.   It should last a good long time even if you don't!   

Pen #2531      short  Sheaffer Balance        $147

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  lever
Point:  fine
Imprint:  Crisp Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS This is a standard diameter  Balance, but a bit shorter - just a tad under 5"  It fits well in a polo shirt pocket.  (I don't suggest carrying pens in pants pockets.  Ouch!)  Very clean with no brassing, crisp threads, crisp imprint, and a nice fine nib.  Fully restored.   

Pen #2460             Sheaffer Military Clip Balance       $137

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: plunger
Point: fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS:  A brown Military clip Balance.  Military clip not because its short, but because it is a standard clip turned upside down and folded over the top instead of  on the side of the cap so that the cap could sit low in the pocket, and the flap of a military shirt pocket could be buttoned closed. least that was the argument.  I still smile to myself when I look at the picture of a couple of Jimmy Doolittle's crew looking at a globe, and there's the Sheaffer Balance proudly sticking up and displacing the pocket flap in a military publicity picture.  Someone no doubt had a cow when they saw that.  The  pen is clean, no cracks,  a nice smooth nib,  good imprint, and of course fully restored using our high grade rubber materials.

Pen #2435             Sheaffer Military clip Balance           SOLD

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler:  plunger
Point: fine #5 Feather Touch
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:  This military clip Balance is exceptionally clean.  No brassing, excellent imprint, a nice smooth #5 nib.  Though not the bright green color of a NOS barrel, there is nice transparency in the celluloid.  Except for the absence of the white dot and a lifetime nib, the parts are identical to the Lifetime version of the pen, but they cost (both past and present) a little less than the white dot version.    Fully restored using our high grade synthetic rubber products.

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