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Vintage Pens: 5255 Sheaffer Imperial
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 5255: Sheaffer: Imperial
Sheaffer Imperial fountain pen were probably the last of the golden era fountain pens made for every use by Sheaffer. They appeared in the 1960s and continued in production into the 1980s. This vintage pen might not count as vintage to all, but it is a lovely writer. Its 14k gold inlaid nib writes a smooth fine line. The gold plated trim is a little pitted all over and worn by the cap posting on the tail. A very small dent on the top of the cap likely came from a long ago drop. This pen fills with modern Sheaffer cartridges or converters but comes with neither. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5247 Sheaffer Clipper
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 5247: Sheaffer: Clipper
It isn't common to find 70-year-old pens with their nib stickers still on them, but that is exactly what you'll find on this Sheaffer Clipper. Clearly, it has seen a little ink, but it was recently restored with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. The black and chrome look has a bit of a tuxedo feel. Its palladium-silver Triumph nib writes a fine line, like the sticker says. You will feel it is firm with a little feedback, too, which was common in the Triumph nibs. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5246 Parker Fish Desk Base
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 5246: Parker: Fish Desk Base
We don't know what you'll love more about this Parker Desk Pen set, the carved fish base or the flexi-nibbed Parker Duofold Jr. Desk Pen. Both are pretty amazing. This pen is not the original pen to the Parker Desk Base. We restored it with a new ink sac. Hopefully, you will be dazzled by the pen's original 14k gold nib. You will write from a wet fine-medium to a slightly more than 1mm wide line! The pen is the lapis model that is very dark with discoloration but still very sound of body. The desk base looks to be in pretty good condition to us. No major scratches or chips. The pen fits nicely in the trumpet. You can see the Parker logo on the back edge. Unfortunately, the paper sticker on the felt bottom is missing. These are great and creative bases for desk, and the pen remains a fantastic writer with a rare nib.
Vintage Pens: 5244 Parker 61 First Edition
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 5244: Parker: 61 First Edition
In our humble opinions, the last great golden era of fountain pen design filling system innovation was the capillary filler by Parker. A Teflon tube filled with a material that messlessly drew ink from a bottle was genius. Unlike Sheaffer's overengineered Snorkels, this pen required no mechanical movement at all. We flushed this first edition Parker 61 until it ran clear. It had blue-black ink in it before, and there might still be some lurking within, in spite of the flushing clear. The only trouble with these pens is that it is very challenging to change ink colors. Its 14k gold nib writes a smooth medium line. Click the headline for a close up. Only light to moderate wear from previous use. No cracks. A couple little pits or dings in the steel cap. 13.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5243 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5243: Parker: 51
Parker 51 fountain pens remain popular 80 years after their introduction. Due to a small mark on the barrel, we aren't 100% sure if this is a 1945 or '46 model. It is in good working order. We got it from a long-time vintage pen collector who gave it to us in good working order. The pen shows some light wear on the cap and barrel. You can see the marks in the lustraloy cap pretty easily in the photo. You will write a fine to medium with its 14k gold nib. We don't know how else to describe it, but there's a bit of feedback as you write. We smoothed it out, but there is still a sensation as you write. Sorry that sounds vague, but it is a vague feeling. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5241 Sheaffer Sentinel
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5241: Sheaffer: Sentinel
Sheaffer Snorkels are our favorite overengineered fountain pens. They are tons of fun, and we have a good time restoring them. We restored this Sheaffer Sentinel with a new ink sac, point seal, O-ring and tail blind cap. You will write a smooth medium line with its two-tone 14k gold Triumph nib that is marked M5. Our vintage pen has a few quirks. There's a spot of scuffing on the front of the barrel near the nib, which you can see in the photo if you look closely. When you fill the pen, you will need to push the snorkel back out about 1/16th of an inch after you retract it all the way. Everything else is working well. No dents or cracks. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5239 Sheaffer Cadet
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5239: Sheaffer: Cadet
Starting a new school year with a Sheaffer Cadet fountain pen would be way cooler than just a box of #2 pencils. We restored this late Touchdown filling pen with a new ink sac and O-ring. What isn't to love about the simple pneumatic filler? The cap and barrel look pretty good with just a little wear from use. The biggest flaw is the "brassing" on the cap band, which is significant. Best of all, you will write as close to a buttery smooth fine line as a Sheaffer steel F1 nib can get. This is a seriously impressive daily driver for a bargain pen. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5237 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5237: Sheaffer: Balance
Sheaffer Balance pens were what hooked us for the first time on vintage pens. This fully restored Sheaffer Balance Lifetime has a beautiful black-and-pearl barrel without much discoloration. Unfortunately, its cap didn't escape the discoloration. Nevertheless, this pen has a new ink sac and is ready for action. The cap band and pocket clip also have some severe brassing, as well as a hairline crack in the lip of the cap. You will write a nice extra-fine line with its original 14k gold nib and later 1930s' inkfeed. (This pen was likely a 1930s model with an original inkfeed.) You'll notice it is a firm nib with a little feedback, but it is a true-blue writer. This vintage pen is a shade shorter than we are used to for a "standard" size model, but it isn't really short enough to be a "junior" either. 13.7cm capped.
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