Vintage Pens: 2793 Sheaffer Sovereign
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Do you know how to tell a first-year snorkel from any other? It comes with a 14k gold snorkel tube! This is one such Sheaffer Sovereign fountain pen. We restored this delightfully overcomplicated Rube Goldberg-esque vintage pen with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. We also wet sanded its pastel blue barrel, which removed most traces of wear. The cap, however, has lots of light, shallow surface scratches. Click the headline to see. It is nice, in that it is a rarer cap style for the snorkel line. The two-tone 14k gold nib writes a really nice, almost wet, extra-fine line! Those not familiar with extra-fine nibs might think it has feedback, but it really doesn't for those in the know. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2789 Parker Maxima
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Parker grew with great success in the United Kingdom after WWII. It created lines of pens that were never available here in the U.S. This big, lovely black vintage pen is a Parker Maxima. They used the size name of the American Parker Vacumatic, but this is NOT a Vacumatic. It is a large aerometric-filler with an open nib from the 1950s. In the U.S. Vacumatic production ended in 1948, as 51s became the dominant pen in the Parker lineup. This UK Parker Maxima uses the new Aerometric filling system that 51s adopted in 1949. The unrestored filler works very well. Click the headline to see the nib better. Yes, it looks a little wonky, but it writes a very nice fine-medium line. We think it is smooth at our handwriting angle, but others might find a shadow of a hint of feedback at a different angle. There's brassing on the cap band. A wear ring has formed here the lip of the cap rubs against the barrel when screwed on properly. Otherwise, just light wear and no cracks. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2785 Parker 51 Demonstrator
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Talk about your grail pens! Here's a 1948 Parker 51 Demonstrator. Only given to sales reps and stores to show all of the inner workings of a Parker 51, this pen is one of the cleanest we've seen. We got it from a dedicated Parker collector who put in a fresh diaphragm and breather tube. The lucite barrel and hood had some slight yellowing but very little compared to others we've seen. After hours of staring at it, we noticed two tiny fractals in the inner layer of the barrel. The blind cap has a little blue staining. The ink collector fins are yellowed but clean. Everything appears to work but we didn't dare fill it to keep it looking clean. The 14k gold nib looks like a fine, but we haven't written with it. This is a museum-quality pen that you are welcome to fill...or just display and make your friends jealous. Barrel imprint reads "Parker 51 / Made in U.S.A." It has an 8 with 3 dots. No cracks. Cap has scratches. Barrel has big scuff in center. Otherwise just trace wear.
Vintage Pens: 2787 Parker 75
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Parker 75s were one of the last great pens of the fountain pen era put into daily use. This vintage pen and pencil set comes with its original box and papers. Made of sterling silver, this was the pen that brought the ciselé design on Parker pens for the next 50 years! The red ring in the photo shows a little dent. The pencil has two smaller dents in it barrel. The fountain pen's inkfeed is marked "66." The section collar has hash marks to help you line up the nib just right to make the triangular section grip fit your hand perfectly. (Sadly, the nib wrench is missing.) The end caps have 4 rings and flat ends (no dinner plates). The section screws into the sterling barrel with plastic threads. This pen comes with a working original converter, but it will use a modern converter and cartridges. The nib writes a smooth fine line at some angles and with a little feedback at other angles. The pencil works well and comes with spare .9mm leads in the tail. The eraser is hardened.
Vintage Pens: 2788 Sheaffer Sentinel TM
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
In 1950 Sheaffer updated its TouchDown line of pens with the famed "TM" line or "Thin Model." This Sheaffer Sentinel TM is among the primo pens of its era. It had the upgraded stainless steel cap with plated gold trim and a "Lifetime" white dot, although the company was no longer allowed to have a lifetime warranty. We restored this pen with a new O-ring and ink sac. The cap shows a lot of really light, shallow surface wear. We wet sanded most of the wear out of the barrel, but you can still see the engraving for "M. J. Edwardson" below the Sheaffer imprint. The two-tone 14k gold nib writes a firm medium line. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2780 Sheaffer Stately Admiral
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Sage green is one of the rarer Sheaffer Snorkel colors. Frankenstein's monster was painted green, even though the Boris Karloff classic was filmed in black and white. So what do you do when you have a box full of green parts? Frankenpen! It's alive! It's alive! We restored a nearly perfect Sheaffer Admiral body with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. Then we slapped a lonely Sheaffer Statesman cap on it. All of it got the loving wet sanding treatment! Except for a barely visible hairline crack in the cap near the left top side of the clip, this vintage Frankenpen doesn't have any scars or bolts or...well, it does have an aversion to fire. Fire bad! The 14k gold open nib writes a buttery smooth fine line! What's not to love?! 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2778 Winchester Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Winchester fountain pens are new to us, but we suspect that they are third-tier pen made by the famed gunmakers. Unfortunately, it isn't as high caliber. The cap band is missing and the section is badly discolored. The 14k gold plating is coming of the nib. Nevertheless, we restored this pen with a new ink sac to bring it back to working order. We wish we knew who Florence Miles was, but this was clearly her pen. The nib writes a surprisingly nice extra fine line. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2776 Parker 45
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Man had yet to step on the moon when the handsome Parker 45 was introduced. Sputnik had beat it into production. However, the Parker 45 remains a classic pen of the space age. Ours is a handsome model in rare "Matador Red." You can't see it on a casual glance, but the cap and barrel have moderate wear. The pen is in great working order with an early Parker converter using a squeezable ink sac. The great part is that when this converter eventually gives out, modern Parker converters will fit! So will cartridges! The pen comes with a steel nib that is marked medium and writes a smooth medium line. 13.6cm capped.