Vintage Pens: 3107 Sheaffer Sentinel
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
TouchDown-filling vintage pens, such as this Sheaffer Sentinel, are among the hottest selling pens on our site these days. We just can't keep them in stock. It likely has something to do with the amazingly inventive filling system and affordability. This model comes complete with a working ink sac and O-ring. The ink-view window is remarkably clear. There's some light-to-moderate wear on the barrel and cap, but there are no cracks and it is in great working order. Sheaffer considered this a "TM" or "Thin Model." It has a two-tone 14k gold nib that writes an extra-fine line with a little feedback. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3100 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Hip, hip, hooray! The class of 1942 celebrated in style with this first-year 1941 Parker 51! Well, partly first year 51. Marketing material for the grand release of the Parker 51 in 1941 said that the pen was 10 years ahead of its time, which is why it was called the 51. Only first-year pens were given the aluminum tail jewel in the blind cap. Although the imprint seems to have worn off, the "Class of '42" engraving seems to be a nice verification of age. We are a little perplexed that the pen looks more teal blue than cedar blue, as would be appropriate. The sterling silver cap, which is in great condition, is a later model replacement cap. It still has a blue-diamond clip, but the jewel is plastic grey pearl--not aluminum. This vintage pen's diaphragm has been replaced, and it is in good working order. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine line. Light wear can be found in all the usual places. No cracks or dents. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3098 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Before they notice anything else, Parker Vacumatic (Major) hounds will jump on the fact this pen has a rarer "stacked coins" cap band. Golden Pearl stripes make up for some of the scratches. They also partially conceal the engraved "Edward McAuliffe" in gold letters. Its date code states it was made in 1945. We restored the vacumatic filler with a new diaphragm. No cracks blemish this pen. The clip is on tightly, and the blue diamond indicated the pen was guaranteed for the life of the original owner. Barrel clarity is poor but still possible at the right angle for light to pass through. Click the headline for a close-up of the original 14k gold nib. It writes an extra-fine to fine line with a hint of vibration but not bad at all for such a nib. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1033 Senator Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Piston Filler
This vintage fountain pen by Senator is in good working order, unrestored by us. The pen still fills with a twist of the piston in the tail. The viewing window is still mostly clean and green. This is a wider bodied large model. It has a plated iridium nib. Click the headline font to see it up close. You will notice a little separation of the tines. It still writes a reasonably smooth medium to medium-broad line. The pen has some wear and a couple little scuffs, but there are no cracks. There is a little discoloration on the pocket clip. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1075 Sheaffer Crest
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Sheaffer Crest fountain pens are easily identified by their gold-filled caps on normal Sheaffer Snorkel pens. This vintage pen sports a nice pastel green barrel. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac, O-ring and snorkel gasket. The snorkel itself is a rare 14k gold tube, which means this is a first-year pen from 1952. Just wait until you write with it. Its two-tone 14k gold nib writes a super-smooth, medium line. There's only a little wear an light scratching on the body. The cap is free of scratches and dents, except directly under the clip, which is a little off kilter. Filing it under "Nobody's Perfect," the skirted nib has a little seepage where the gold meets the plastic. We have tried sealing it with rubber cement to no avail. As it is a great writer, be sure just not to hold it that low, and you'll be fine. When full, keep it nib up when not in use, and that will also minimize seepage. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0034 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
We think this is quite possibly one of the prototypes for the Parker Duofold Jr. desk pen made c. 1925 or '26. We cannot guarantee it, but the aluminum swivel holder is the main clue, as Parker never mass produced it. It is not marked, and it was most likely custom machined. The hard rubber version of it went into production in 1926. The hard-rubber Parker Duofold Jr. desk pen is in great condition. The imprint is practically perfect, except for fading out on the very far right side. The ink feed is a "Christmas Tree." The 14k nib writes a fine-medium line. The tail is in perfect condition, and there is no brassing on its gold ring. The gold button shows no brassing. The pen base has no chips or cracks that we can see. The felt on the bottom was replaced. The pen holder is a chocolatey brown but in good working order. The spring underneath it still pushes back. This pen has been fully restored and works wonderfully. The pen measures 19cm, and the base measures 15cm X 9cm X 2cm.
Vintage Pens: 3085 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
So revolutionary, it was considered 10 years ahead of its time when it was released in 1941...hence it was called the Parker 51. Using Vacumatic technology and a hooded nib, this pen held more ink than just about any pen in its day, and it was far less likely to dry out. Our Parker 51 is from the mid- to late '40s. We restored its Vacumatic filler with a new diaphragm. The blue diamond on its clip meant that it had a warranty for the lifetime of its original owner. Its gold-filled cap has a couple shallow dimples and is in good overall condition. The dove grey pen shows more wear, including some obvious scratches and scars on the nib hood or cowling. The 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine line with a little feedback. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3086 Sheaffer FA 600
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Straited grey lines shoot down the length of this companion pencil to the Sheaffer Craftsman fountain pen. This pencil is marked as a Sheaffer FA 600. The 600 refers to the writing instrument's original $6 price. Inflation hasn't hit it too badly. The cap ring was only made in 1945 to the best of our knowledge. Thus, this pencil was made just before or after WWII ended. The nickel trim was a result of the gold shortage caused by war rationing. Twist the tail cap to extend the .9mm lead. The lead only retracts with a little help from your thumb or table top as you twist the tail cap in the opposite direction. A petrified eraser remains, but there are no spare leads remaining. Those are easy enough to find. A daily user, this pencil shows some wear. 12.4cm.