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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 #2534       Sheaffer Sentinel  TM Touchdown    SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: NONE Filler: Touchdown
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.6"
COMMENTS  For those of you who like the basic design of the Sheaffer Snorkel, but don't like the snorkel filling system, we present this Sheaffer Thin Model (TM) Touchdown Sentinel.  This would be the third use of the  Sentinel name, the others being the plunger fill version, then the "fat" Touchdown pen.    The nib is an extra fine, the cap chrome plated with gold plated trim.  NO dents in the cap, and really good plating on the nib.  Fully restored with a PVC  sac installed.

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.  ...and they didn't put a white dot on the cap.     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 #2463            Sheaffer Admiral  Balance            SOLD

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  extra fine Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see notes Filler:  lever
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS:  The standard version of the Sheaffer Balance - standard size like the  two military clip versions we've had on the site.  Nice and clean with a good XF nib, and the mask on the nib is a nice bright silver color.  Note the clean, bright section.  A good choice for a gift  or to be used as a daily writer.

Pen #2531      short  Sheaffer Balance        $137

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 diameterBalance, 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 inprint, and a nice fine nib.  Fully restored.   

Pen #2460             Sheaffer Military Clip Balance       $147

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.   ...at 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           $137

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.

Pen #2499      Sheaffer Junior       SOLD

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler: lever
Point:   extra  fine - see comments
Imprint:  excellent Size:  5.5"
COMMENTS  Green striped Sheaffer Jr.  The  pen is the same length as a standard Sheaffer Balance, but it thinner.  It  has been restored, and has the appropriate Jr. nib.  While I wouldn't cal the nib flexible, these nibs often have a nice bit of spring to them which allows for some line variation.   The clip and lever are a nice shiny white chrome.  The cap band shows a little wear.  Over all, a clean attractive pen.

Pen #2505        Parker  Milleraies  75       $197

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 The  Milleraies finish is gold plated with  fine vertical lines.  Both the nib and pen are made in  France - thus the round section and the "fat feed" nib assembly.   The converter is the old style red/blue plastic twist converter.  No dings, no dents, no brassing.

Pen #2437             Parker Vacumatic Jr       SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: vacumatic
Point: fine
Imprint:  excellent
               first quarter 1947
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:  By 1947 Parker was working  to phase out the Vacumatic after a very successful run of 13 or 14 years.  Newer designs were catching the publics eye.  Parker's 51 had been in production for 6 years and was an overwhelming success, the VS (Vacumatic Successor?)  was into its second (and last)  year of production with the 21 just over the horizon.   You don't see many Vacumatics with the 1947 date code, and the model was discontinued in 1948.   This pen is exceptionally clean.  No brassing on the clip or cap band, nice transparency to the barrel, no marks on the barrel or cap.  The nib is a smooth fine.  The darker rings in the cap are just that the celluloid in that area did not have the lighter color, not staining of the celluloid.  It's not uncommon to see an area running the length of the pen, less common to go around the pen, but you do see it on occasion.

Pen #2489             Double Jewel  Vacumatic Major     $237

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal::  extra fine Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  replated tassie Filler: vacumatic
Point: fine
Imprint:  fine
       4th quarter 1941
Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS:   This double jewel Vacumatic was made in the 4th quarter of 1941, just as Parker was getting ready to phase out the double jewel pens.  The tassie is pressed on, so the blind cap has a "faux" jewel,  or bulleseye jewel.  Later vacumatics used a removable jewel to hold the tassie in place.  The imprint is somewhat worn, but readable.  The nib is a nice, smooth fine.  No brassing or dents on the clip or cap band.   The filler is a clean (and correct) Speedline filler.
   Fully restored

Pen #2521        Oversize Parker Vacumatic        $397

Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: vacumatic
Point: broad
Imprint:  worn but readable
                  2nd quarter 1935
Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS The Oversize (OS) Parker Vacumatic was the largest of the first generation Vacumatics from the 1930s.  It  has the largest pump, the largest ink capacity, largest nib.  In short a big pen, comparable in size to the streamlined Duofold Sr.   This pen also has a big hunk of iridium on the nib - may have been retipped, though that is only a guess.  If a broad nib is too much for you, the nib can be ground to a stub or italic for an additional fee.    The pen has a very clean chrome plated lockdown filler, the pen was  just restored too.  Striped jewel on the cap top, black jewel on the blind cap.  I have repaired a small cap crack, but if you know my work you know that it isreally  hard to find.  No brassing on cap bands, clip or tassie.

Pen #2519        Montblanc 234 1/2         $497

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  piston
Point: med stub steel 4 1/2
Imprint:   excellent Size:  5.0"
COMMENTS  This is a WWII era Montblanc 234 1/2 .  Quite the contrast to the pens made in the USA in the same time period.  The pen is celluloid, but bandless, with a stamped ring in both the barrel and blind cap. The filler is marked D.P.R. with a serial number following.    Because of the shortage of gold in Germany in the era, the common nib was a  4 1/2 steel nib.   The pen is marked BB, but I would describe this nib as more of a slightly left oblique medium.  No cracks,  chips or tooth marks, the star on top is intact.  The pen has been restored with the proper cork material.   A gold extra fine 4 1/2  nib is available and can be installed for an additional $50.

Pen #2529          Parker 75  Flighter    #98  BROAD ITALIC  nib      SOLD

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: stainless steel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point: #98 broad italic
Imprint:   Size:  5.1"
COMMENTS  This is a very clean Parker 75 Flighter.  The pen is USA made with a triangular seciton, and thin feed nib nib unit, with crisp frosting on the cap and barrel.  The long inner cap has been replaced with a short inner cap and metal clutch fingers meaning that the cap closes properly, and shouldn't wear out as the long inner cap with the integral clutch does.  Then there's the nib.  Spectacular is the word.  This is the first #98 nib I've ever seen.    Lee Chait's website describes the 98 as "Heavy extra broad italic.  With a flat and broad edged point, this nib was especially designed for italic writing with contact to the paper typically at an angle of 45 degrees."    The crisp feel has been softened a bit, but it is still an italic with a very broad nib.   No dents or dings, or wear to the clip.
 
Pen #2515        Sheaffer Balance II nib with pen attached      $167

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point:  medium 14K
Imprint:   Size:  5.65"
COMMENTS  OK, so the description is a bit tongue in cheek,  but  the nibs by themselves list for $155 and they're not making any more, and the rollerballs I've had,  have sold for $35.  The nib in the pen is a nice, smooth medium - a solid 0.6mm line.  A little wide for my tastes, but it is a nice writing pen.   

Pen #2506         Parker Thuya Laque 75 set      $177

Overall Grade:  mint
Metal:  excellent Material: lacquer over brass
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  cartridge/converter
              converter included   
Point:  18K fine
Imprint:   Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS  This is a mint Thuya Lacque Parker 75 pen and ballpoint set, both made in France,  dating from 1981-1990.   The nib 18K is marked France, and has the "fat feed."  The cap of course has the longer plastic inner cap, and closes tightly.  The converter is an earlier metal converter with a PVC sac installed.    The lines in the ballpoint are a bit darker than the fountain pen.  

Pen #2409           WASP  Addipoint            $87


Overall Grade:  extra fine
Metal: excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  lever
Point:  Fine Line 341 (fine)
and WASP Gregg Shorthand nib - see notes below
Imprint:  crisp Size:  5.1'
COMMENTS:   Take a look again brother, it  ain't  an Esterbrook, though you would be forgiven if you took it for one as Robyn did when she first saw the pen!  The WASP  pen was a sub brand of Sheaffer, and acronym for Walter A Sheaffer Pen.  Sheaffer seemed to use the line for products that they wanted to market test without putting their name on the pen.  For instance, the first plunger fillers were WASP pens, not Sheaffer, and the design was tweaked before it was released bearing the Sheaffer name.   The Addipoint was designed to go head to head with Esterbrooks when it was introduced in 1939, and featured similar plastics, chrome trim, and interchangeable nib units.  But unlike the Esterbrook where you could change just the nib, you had to change out the entire section with a sac attached...  and the quality of the trim wasn't as good either.  The pen was out of production by the time the USA entered WWII.  

This pen is in excellent condition with clean trim, no damage to the celluloid and a crisp imprint.  I'm supplying two nibs with the pen - one is an original WASP Gregg Shorthand nib with the tube (and a new sac).  A bit toothy, but it is an original nib.  The other is the section and feed originally in the pen, but with a later Fine Line XF nib, which is rather nice writing.   


 







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