Pens and Ephemera

William A. Sheaffer founded the Sheaffer Pen Company in 1912. His invention of the lever-filling fountain pen that year revolutionized how fountain pens were filled, and by the 1920s Sheaffer became one of the world's most dominant pen companies. Always innovating filling systems, Sheaffer also created a Vacuum-Fil pen, pneumatic TouchDown filler and pneumatic Snorkel filler that made for the first truly mess-free bottled-ink filling system. Started in Fort Madison, Iowa, the Sheaffer Pen Company today is owned by India's William Penn Company.
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Vintage Pens: 5458 Sheaffer PFM-IV
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $449.99
Vintage Pens: 5458: Sheaffer: PFM-IV
Simultaneously luxurious while also designed for intense daily use. The Sheaffer PFM-IV was the last great pen released while the Sheaffer family still owned the company. Ironically, it wasn't the hit then that it is today. Nevertheless, this vintage pen remains a masterpiece in form and function. Our pen has been fully restored and is ready for more action. Yes, it shows a little light wear and light scratching, but there are no dents or cracks. It is a pretty handsome pen, if we do say so ourselves. You might really love its 14k gold inlaid nib that writes a smooth fine line. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5453 Sheaffer PFM-III
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $649.99
Vintage Pens: 5453: Sheaffer: PFM-III
The rarest among the standard colors of Sheaffer Pen for Men was the grey. Our guess is that the men of the late 1950s and early '60s wanted a pen that contrasted with their grey-flannel suits. Nevertheless, this Sheaffer PFM-III set was quite the luxurious writing instrument of its day. It has been fully restored to great working order. The fountain pen is free of cracks and deep scratches. There is only light wear from use. You will write a very pleasingly smooth fine line with its inlaid 14k gold nib. Its matching vintage pencil is almost new old stock! The remains of a pricing "chalk" mark is still on the barrel. No cracks or scratches. Just light shop wear. Advance and retract the lead with a twist of the tail cap. It comes loaded with a lead but has no spares. Its original blue eraser still feels fresh!
Pencil: 5451 Sheaffer PFM V
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $149.99
Pencil: 5451: Sheaffer: PFM V
Sheaffer PFM V pencils were the pinnacle of the line. One of the rarest colors of PFMs is gray. Our vintage pencil has the bonus of being ALMOST New Old Stock. Click the headline photo to see where we turn over the pencil to reveal its pricing sticker! Maybe NOT QUITE NOS, the eraser seems to have been completely worn down. Nevertheless the pencil shows little more than shop wear and works great. 13cm.
Vintage Pens: 5433 Sheaffer Special
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 5433: Sheaffer: Special
Enjoy this taste of burgundy with our premium reserve New Old Stock Sheaffer Special. This vintage pen and pencil set is new in the box with its original papers under the pad. There is a nib sticker indicating a medium point on the underside of the section, not photographed here. Amazingly, we tested this pen with water, and if feels and fills just like new. We didn't have to replace anything. This is the palladium silver nib marked M6. Click the headline for close-ups. The pencil is in great working order, too. We even think there is still some life left in its original blue eraser!
Vintage Pens: 5424 Sheaffer Targa
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5424: Sheaffer: Targa
We're gonna make someone mad by declaring Sheaffer Targa's vintage, once again. We waffle on this debate all the time, with the design being nearly 50 years old. Either way, this is a beautiful pen. We aren't sure if this is the 1970s "Gold Checked" model or the 1990s "Geometric" model. Each was given the same model number of 1007. Each was basically the same pen. Our vintage pen is in good working order with an original Sheaffer aerometric-style converter that works. We flushed the pen and gave the nib a sonic cleaning, but a little hint of black ink refuses to leave the converter entirely. Its nib writes a very nice extra-fine to fine line that seems a little dry to us. There is a hint of feedback, but we don't find it too distracting. Click the headline for close-ups. The pen looks good with only a few little traces of wear from us. The black section/grip shows more wear than the gold-plated cap and barrel. 13.5cm capped.
Pencil: 5348 Sheaffer Titan
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $99.99
Pencil: 5348: Sheaffer: Titan
Sheaffer Titans were the company's flagship oversized pencils of the 1920s. Our vintage pencil is in great working order. Twist the tail topper to advance and retract the 1.1mm lead. It comes with spare leads and a hardened eraser. There's a little knick in the top of the cap and some wear to the clip and nose cone...but not especially damning. The celluloid barrel looks pretty good with only a trace of discoloring. 13.5cm.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5343 Sheaffer Targa
Filling Mechanism: Rollerball
Era: 1980-present
Price: $75.00
Pre-Owned Pens: 5343: Sheaffer: Targa
Sheaffer's first real hit in the post-Golden Age of pens came in the 1970s with the Sheaffer Targa. Its design screams 1970s and '80s. Bold, modern, a cylindrical body squared off on the top and bottom. Our pen has a matte-black finish with gold plated trim. An excellent rollerball pen, its refill is a real tanker. There is an old refill in it now, but we have just ordered some new ones, which we will include with it, as soon as they arrive. Minimal, if any, wear. 13.7cm capped.
Pencil: 5215 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $39.99
Pencil: 5215: Sheaffer: Balance
So sleek, the Sheaffer Balance pencil looks as if it going 100 mph while just sitting on your desk. The classic golden brown striation design adds some masculine elegance with the gold-plated trim. Twist the tail cap to the left or right to retract or extend the 1.1mm lead. Under the tail cap is a hardened original eraser and spare lead. Only light wear from use. Guaranteed to make math, crosswords, sudoku and other puzzles more fun. 13.4cm.
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