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We've accumulated quite a few Sheaffers lately, with a good number picked up at the Raleigh show.
Check back frequently - we'll be listing them as we get them repaired.  
There are a number of other pens scattered through the page, so don't assume they're all Sheaffers!

Pen #2266   Sheaffer Ebonized Pearl  Balance       $217

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  minor brassing on cap band Filler:  lever
Point:  extra fine Imprint: excellent Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS:   There are just a few pens that I consider to be truly iconic.  Pens that changed the industry when they were introduced.  The Parker Duofold was one of them, and its still the most copied pen of all time.  The Sheaffer Balance is another.  Introduced at the start of the streamlined craze, once it was introduced all other pens were outdated.  Even Parker had to change the design of their Duofolds, and the basic cigar shape of the Balance is also copied today.     The Ebonized pearl pens are some would argue, the most beautiful of the pens with the chips of mother of pearl embedded in the celluloid.   The color on this one is quite bright, with the chips showing their colors, not muddied as you often find them.  Beautiful pen.

Pen #2252         Sheaffer Balance jewelers band cap     $157
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  replated cap band Filler: lever
Point:  fine lifetime
Imprint:  excellent Size:   5.4"
COMMENTS:  Black pens have class.   Like putting on a tux and black tie.  I'm never afraid to carry a black pen,  gold or white trim, though gold I think is classier.  This is a standard size Balance, lifetime, with a jewelers cap band.  The band had some wear, so it has been replated with a barrier layer of nickel under the gold.    This pen has the removable end that screws into the barrel that allowed the pen to be converted into a desk pen.  Sheaffer glued some of these on - this one comes off, which means that if you found the right socket and a taper, you could use it as a desk pen.

Pen #2262  Carmine   Sheaffer  Jr Size  Balance      $137

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler:  lever
Point:  fine to extra fine. Imprint: excellent Size:  4.8"
COMMENTS:   I don't care what the size of the pen is,  a Carmine Balance is a gorgeous pen.  While some may argue that the Ebonized Pearl Balance is the prettiest, there is a healthy segment of the population that says that Carmine tops it.  This one is in very clean condition with bright clean trim with no brassing,  and great color.  

Pen #2268    Sheaffer Lifetime Ebonized Pearl slender Balance      $147

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  plunger
Point:  extra fine Imprint: excellent (see picture!) Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS:   The same length as a standard Balance, but thinner.  This pen is in excellent condition with a strong imprint (you can see it in the picture), Lifetime nib with excellent plating,  crisp knurling on the blind cap.   Fully restored with our long life, high grade rubber materials.
Pen #2265   Demi Parker 51 aerometric      $127

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent  chrome plated,
               Lustraloy cap
Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler:  aerometric
Point:  extra fine Imprint: worn Size:   5.1"
COMMENTS:   When Parker made the first generation of 51 pens, they made a "demi" version, which meant that the barrel was shorter, but all of the other parts were the same - cap size, diameter, blind cap....  But when they introduced the Aerometric 51 pens, demi translated into a pen what smaller all around.  not only shorter but thinner, with even a smaller collector because the section was smaller.  Its shorter than a standard 51 by about 3/8", and smaller in diameter at the clutch by about 1.1mm.     This is the teal version .  The  sensor can't get the color right, so leans more towards blue than green in the picture.  The cap is clean and dent free,  it has a new, clear synthetic sac, original jewel.

Pen #2267    Navy Gray Parker aerometric 51       $147

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  chrome plated Material: Lucite
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  reproduction jewel Filler:  aerometric
Point:  extra fine Imprint Size:  5"
COMMENTS:   The Parker 51 was at one time the worlds most sought after pen.  They're still  one of the most sought after fountain pens, and we rather quickly sell every one that we list.  This isn't the flashiest pen, but very clean.  It has a clean filler, and a clear sac.  The frosting on the cap is very good  with just a couple of scuff marts - you can see them in the picture.  New breather tube.  

Pen #2220           Parker Royal Challenger      $237
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see notes Filler: button
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:  extra fine
              2nd quarter 1939
Size:   5.2"
COMMENTS:   Parker Royal Challenger in the silver herringbone pattern.   The color of the celluloid really is pretty good.  The picture is fairly accurate.  The clip is clean and bright, the cap band has been replated with rhodium with a solution that holds up very well.  There is some  hazing on the tassie.   Fully restored.

Pen #2220           Sheaffer Jr size Flat Top      $137
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: button
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:   4.6"
COMMENTS:  This is a sweet little pen.  About the size of a Parker Duofold Jr,   its short enough to fit in to a polo shirt pocket (or pants pocket, though I think its too nice for that!) but is a comfortable length when posted.  Its an exceptionally clean pen with clean trim, no cracks, not tooth marks, no name imprinted on it.  As found with a  #5 Feather Touch nib.

Pen #2243    Sheaffer Touchdown Imperial        $97

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material:  Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: Touchdown,
       synthetic sac installed
Point:   medium
Imprint:  excellent Size:   5.3"
COMMENTS:  The Imperial  followed Sheaffers PFM in the development of inlaid nibs - a feature that only Sheaffer used, and knew how to make properly.  The PFM was a much larger pen released in 1959, the Imperial followed  4 years later, and was made into the 1970s, first with the Touchdown filler, later with the cartridge/converter system.  The inlaid nib was used in the Targa, Legacy and Valor pens.  This pen is  clean as a whistle, no brassing,  fully restored and a new synthetic sac installed

Pen #2246     Sheaffer Imperial        $87

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material:  Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: cartridge/converter
              converter included
Point:   medium
Imprint:  excellent Size:   5.1"
COMMENTS:   This is a later iteration of the Imperial -  same basic profile, but with a cartridge filling system rather than the touchdown filler.    The cartridge version is just a tad shorter than the TD,  the section threads in this case are metal.  Note the nice, deep imprint on the barrel.   A converter is included, and if you need one to get started we can add a black cartridge.  Just remind us when you order.

Pen #2258    Parker 45 set     $77

Overall Grade: MINT
Metal: excellent Material:  plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see comments Filler: cartridge/converter
   both cartridge and converter included
Point:  fine 14K
Imprint Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS:  The Parker 45 was developed as a student pen.  They're rugged, reliable, and easily cleaned.  The nib unscrews and you can pop the nib off of the mount if you need to.  They were made for quite a while.  This one comes in the original box, with the papers, and original converter and cartridge.   The sticker on the lid was for a "loss insurance offer."   Parker was offering insurance for Parker 45 and Super 21 pens purchased during 1966.  The insurance form is still inside.  Sorry - you had to register before Dec. 31, 1967.  The pen is absolutely mint, including the converter.  The only flaw is a slight indentation from the clutch fingers on the section, not the usual puckering.  There is a crack on the lid of the case, but no damage beyond that.

Pen #2235   Sheaffer  Snorkel "Special"     $97
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  snorkel
Point:  medium Imprint: excellent Size:  5.6"
COMMENTS:   I had to dig a bit to find the right name for this pen.   This has a Palladium nib instead of a 14K nib.   Clean as a whistle, the pen isn't mint, but its darn (that's D A R N  in case you're wondering if I can't spell and left off the N)  close.  Just as clean inside as outside.  It had been inked, so I've gone through and restored everything, cleaned and tested to make sure that it writes.  The sticker is original.  I'll leave it up to you to decide whether to take the sticker off or not.  

Pen #2221         Parker Challenger      $147
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler: button
Point:   XF  Vac nib
Imprint:  extra fine
               4th quarter 1938
Size:   5.1"
COMMENTS:   I like the size of the 1930s Parkers.  The diameter of the Challenger is just a bit chunkier than that of the Royal Challenger, and so more comfortable to hold.  The color of the silver chips in the celluloid in the picture is pretty accurate.  The trim while not shiny bright is clean with no brassing.  No dings or cracks.  The imprint while not deep is quite good and all there.  Fully restored.

Pen #2205      Sheaffer  Sentential Deluxe         $157
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none
Filler: snorkel
Point:   fine
Imprint Size:   5.4"
COMMENTS The Sheaffer snorkels were popular pens, made between 1952 and 1959.  The sheer numbers in which they are still found in the wild attests to how popular the were.  I  will admit that I can not keep the snorkel models straight.  If it weren't for Fred Plewa's Pen Clips in Pen World a couple of decades ago, I'd never have it right.  This is the Sheaffer Sentinel Deluxe - two tone 14K nib, chrome cap with gold trim.  Even though they're the same except for the nib unit and the snorkel tube, only the Triumph nib pens got the white dot, never the open nib pens.   Fully restored with a synthetic sac installed (IMO the only way to go) and ready to write, and write, and write.  

Pen #2204  Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel   $137
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  
Filler: snorkel
Point:  medium  - marked M4
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS A very clean Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel.  No dings, no brassing, clean threads and barrel band.  The imprint has W    W A Sheaffer.    Quite original, and obviously a goof on Sheaffer's part,  and it made it through quality control.  Quite interesting, though I don't think it impacts the value quite like an inverted Jenny....
Pen #2203   Burgundy Sheaffer Saratoga     $127
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:   Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   some wear to the plating on
       the barrel threads
Filler: snorkel
Point:  fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:   5.4"
COMMENTS:  The nibs on the open nib snorkels were #5  nibs, or #74.  Not marked #5 Feather Touch, one assumes that this is a 74.  Nice nib whatever the case, marked  14K  Fully restored.    The sac is synthetic (PVC) to  avoid the sac failure that seems to be more common with the latex sacs than they were 10 or 15 years ago.  I doubt that you'll have to have the pen restored as long as the point holder gasket and 0- ring (both synthetic rubber too!) hold out.   These pens are nice, reliable writers.

Pen #2244       Sheaffer Tuckaway set            $137

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  perfect  Material:  Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   none Filler: plunger
Point:  fine
Imprint: excellent Size:  4.5"
COMMENTS:  Pants pen?  Vest pocket pen?  Polo shirt pen?  You decide.  Tuckies are short in the pocket but comfortable to write with when  posted.  Some people love them, some hate them.The pen has the cartridge style filler unit (as in the section unscrews and the whole filler comes out of the body with the section).  The pencil is working and has some leads (thin leads) in it.      Restored and ready to use.

Pen #2230        Sheaffer Sovereign      $147
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler:  lever
Point:   fine
Imprint:  excellent Size:   5.2"
COMMENTS:   I've often referred to Sheaffers as the "Chevrolet of the pen world."  Reliable, steady, well made, affordable, and recognized by everybody - about the same definition you would use for Chevys of  the era.  They were the working mans pen. Sheaffer started to transition from their celluloid pens to pens made of  an injection molded plastic that they called Forticel.  The earlier pens like this, up through 1947  were made of Celluloid.  In 1948 Sheaffer switched to an open nib, and Forticel.  Still a quality pen.    The plating mask on the nib is in excellent condition, as is the trim.  Some transparency to the celluloid of the section, restored and ready for you to use on a daily basis!

Pen #2260         Sheaffer Jr Size Balance     $97
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler: lever
Point:   XF   #3 nib
Imprint:  excellent Size:   4.8"
COMMENTS:  There's a reason why I  keep referring to pens as "Jr  size Balance"  Sheaffer made a Sheaffer Jr. nearly identical in size, without the white dot etc. for a while, with Sheaffer JR stamped on the clip, and a nib marked  Junior in the nib.  These are the smaller  Sheaffer Balances - bigger than a vest pocket pen, but smaller than the slender Balance, made for a smaller hand.  These fit into that category,  but of course don't have the JR markings.  Well made pens as were all of the pens that had the Sheaffer name, the parts often interchangeable.  This pen has the earlier #3 (VS 33) nib.  No tooth marks, no cracks, no brassing.  Fully restored.

Pen #2261     Sheaffer  Marine Green  Balance      SOLD

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  replated clip and cap band Filler:  lever
Point:  extra fine Imprint: excellent Size:  5.3"
COMMENTS:   This is a standard size early Marine Green Balance - large dot,  long humped clip, flat feed, short section.....  The color in the picture is just a tad brighter than in real life - tilt your LCD monitor back and it'll be about right.   These are gorgeous pens, and  I've had lots of requests for one since we put the OS version on the home page over a decade ago.   No cracks, chips, tooth marks.

NOS Parker VP nibs       $67

COMMENTS:   Parker VP nibs.  We believe that these are new old stock.  All are clean and in perfect condition.  These nibs are untested so that they remain mint.  The nibs are not returnable.  Some are in boxes or sales packaging, some are loose.  You're buying the nib, not the packaging,  so no choice in loose or in the box.  The number of nibs per size are listed below.  Specify nib size when ordering.   Price above is  for  XF, F and medium nibs.
XF Fine Medium
6 2 4
We have one exotic VP nib available:
 - One #79 medium left oblique nib ( nib slants to the right). Nib is for left handed users.   $97.

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