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Welcome to the Sheaffer: Best of the 1950s sales page. Sheaffer  TM TD, Snorkel, PFM. Other 1950s Sheaffer pens can be found on the "Laste Sheaffer'" page..  Modern Parkers (recent Duofold) can be found in the Duofold and "Other Late Parker" pages. Please note that this website has no sales cart. Most pens shown are singletons, and I sometimes lag with updates noting completed sales.   Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50




The high line  models of 1951-1960's, Thin Model Touchdown, Snorkel, and Pen-for-Men are popular amongst collectors.  Given the high volume of pens available, as of March 2010, this section is divided for the three featured pens, with Snorkel following TM Touchdown and PFM as usually the Snorkel section generally houses the most pens. Too, it is likely that at times no TM Touchdown pens will be available.  Snorks now are sorted first into a cluster of  "high-end" models followed by clusters based on color.

I've been dabbling with a somewhat overwrought web-profile on Snorkel. Hard to squeeze in all the nuances best left to interactive discussion or to lengthy book chapters, but feel free to take a look.   It needs major editing yet.



Sheaffer  Thin Model (TM) Touchdown: The "Pre-Snorkel": 1951

Plonked between 1948-1950  "Fat" injection-molded plastic pens (Wire-Fillers, Lever Fillers and Touchdowns)  and the nearly decade long run of the Snorkel starting in 1952, is the  one year-ish model TM (Thin Model) Touchdown.  

The  1951 TM Touchdown looks like a slightly short Snorkel. The plastic cap looks like that of the Snorkel  but has a flush white dot instead of raised white dot. Trim and model name differences exist. The metal white dot caps  are identical to Snorkel's.   TM Touchdown features partially transparent celluloid gripping sections, something not found with Snorkel.

TM Touchdown can be found in colors never used for Snorkel, carrying over the colors of the original  chubbier Touchdown pens from 1949-1950.   TM Touchdown is well  more scarce than Snorkel, but tends to fly a bit under collectors' collective radar.





Tray 1007: Sheaffer Thin Model Touchdown 1951
All with Special Nibs

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COMMENTS:  Vacumania makes a large market in the 1952-9 Sheaffer Snorkel. The Thin Model Touchdown (TM TD) preceded Snorkel by a year, looking quite similar, but lacking the snorkel itself.  Exotic nibs for Snorkel and for TM TD attract attention, both for their appeal to the scribe-oriented hobbyists, and for their scarcity. Flex Triumph and Flex two-tone open nibs can be identified by lack of a stamped divider lines between the plated and gold portions.  I had the good fortune to buy two collections of special-nib pens at the Washington DC Pen Show last year. A couple never made it home with me and a couple sold at the Los Angeles Pen Show last month. There are some neat items in this bunch.


LEFT to RIGHT
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Tray
Slot
Item # Model/Color:
Details
Nib: Price:  
1
3680 TM TD Valiant Black (Triumph Nib) 
Nearmint-Mint
STUB Triumph nib.
$245
SOLD
2 3681 TM TD Valiant Black (Triumph Nib)  Nearmint-Mint
Broad Triumph nib. $225
3 3682 TM TD Statesman Black Nearmint-Mint Broad+
$210
4 3683 TM TD Valiant Black (Triumph Nib) NM-M
Flex-Fine Triumph nib
$295
SOLD
5 3684 TM TD Valiant Black NM-M
Semi-Flex Stub. Flex indicated by lack of divider line between the two colors on the nib, but this one really is semi-flex, not full flex. Scarce nib $255
6 3685 TM TD Statesman Black NM-M
Double Broad Flex. Sorry, sold at the LA Pen Show.
$260
SOLD
7 3686 TM TD Blue. Canadian Excellent
Oblique Broad (Right Hand). Scarce Nib
$235
SOLD
8 3687 TM TD Green. Canadian Excellent
Medium+, High Flex. Scarce Nib
$265
SOLD
9 3688 STM TD Crest. Blue Excellent
Canadian, with chiseled double-broad oblique nib with marked italic features.  The only Triumph nib of this sort I've ever seen. (Sold at the LA Pen Show)
$300
SOLD


Pen 3534 mf: Sheaffer Thin Model Touchdown  $175
Touchdown Prussian Blue. 1951. Gregg (Writing School) Point with Marked Section.

Overall Grade: Exc.
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine (GREGG) Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE$175
COMMENTSWith similar look to the subsequent Sheaffer Snorkel, theTM (Thin Model) Touchdown was a one year series, running between the 1949-1950 (fat) Touchdown series and the 1952-1959 Snorkel.   The TM TD's blue was not used with Snorkel. This set is in clean shape. The cap-bands have personalization, obviously. The partially transparent gripping section (not found with Snorkel, of course) carries the double crescent Gregg Writing School Hallmark, indicating a Gregg point on the nib.



Pen 3367   Sheaffer TM Touchdown Sovereign II 1951
Jet Black  $125

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:  Exc (section)
Point: Medium Imprint:  NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $124
COMMENTSTM (Thin Model) Touchdown preceded Snorkel by a year, and saw a roughly one year production run vs. Snorkel's nine years. Model names and trim/nib arrangements  varied a bit from what would be found with Snorkel. Colors, too.   Sovereign II (Not to be confused with Snorkel Sovereign, which has metal cap with white dot and which has conical nib) is similar in look to what, for Snorkel, would be Saratoga. SUperb condition

Pen 3369   Sheaffer TM Touchdown Sentinel    $145 SOLD
Blue (Prussian?)  

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:   Exc
Point: Fine to XF. Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $145
COMMENTS:  TM (Thin Model) Touchdown preceded Snorkel by a year, and saw a roughly one year production run vs. Snorkel's nine years. Model names and trim/nib arrangements  varied a bit from what would be found with Snorkel. Colors, too. This blue was not used for Snorkel, but I'm still sorting rumors that more than one shade of blue was used for TM Touchdown, only one of which is "Prussian". Clean pen


PFM: 1959-1963 for most models, with stragglers through perhaps 1968. PFM is the "Fat" (Oversized) snorkel-filler pen, introduced about the time Snorkel, proper, was phasing out. It intoduced  the inlaid nib to Sheaffer's line, a feature used even today.


Sept 2015 Update: Sheaffer Pen For Men (PFM). The PFM series is the oversized pen which employs Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. Most models ran 1959-1963. The PFM I and II had steel trim and PdAg Nibs. III, IV and V had gold-filled trim and gold nib. IV and V additionally had a blind cap gold-filled end plate.

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Pen 3898 :  Sheaffer PFM II (Pen for Men- Model 2) Burgundy $365 SOLD
Near MIntcondition with original chalk marks

Overall Grade: Near Mint
Trim: Nearmint Color:  NA
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Nib condition: NM
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Fine to Fine-Med Imprint: NA
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $365
COMMENTSThe PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

PFM II has brushed steel cap and PdAg nib. It's less often seen than I, III and V.  This one is superb, with original chalk marks still present The cap is superb, far better than is usually seen.  It has met ink, and I tested it as well, noting it writes a smooth wet fine line.


Pen 3899:  Sheaffer PFM III (Pen for Men- Model 3) Black  $355
Exc-to-Near Mint with Partial Original Chalk Marks 

Overall Grade: Exc-to-NM
Trim: Perfect Color:  NA
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Nib condition: NM
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Extra Fine (nearly "accountant") Imprint: Perfect
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $355
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

The PFM III is the entry-to-gold-nib model. Gold Filled Trim. This one is very well preserved indeed. It is not mint and has met ink, but has residual of the original chalk marks noting model number. "Fine" is preserved on barrel but only a hint of the preceding "Extra" still is there. The nib is the finest point PFM I've handled. Though barrel marked Extra Fine, to my eye it is on ultra-fine/"accountant" side of that. Great for really little/detailed writing.


Pen 3900 :  Sheaffer PFM II (Pen for Men- Model 2) Set.  Green  $415 SOLD
As-Mint condition with original chalk marks

Overall Grade: Near Mint
Trim: Perfect Color:  NA
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Nib condition: NM
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: NA Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $415
COMMENTS: The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

PFM II has brushed steel cap and PdAg nib. It's less often seen than I, III and V.  This one is superb. As-mint condition. Original chalk marks present. it has met ink, so I did test it after it was restored. It writes a wet smooth medium line. Far better than most PFM II pens.



Pen 3901:  Sheaffer PFM V (Pen for Men- Model 5) Set.  Black  $460 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Trim: Exc Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc
Size: 5 3/8" 13.8cm
PRICE: $460
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

PFM V was the top line model for most years in Sheaffer's catalogues. Gold-filled cap. Gold Nib. Bottom End Plate.  This one is nice but not near mint.  Clean pen which writes a nice fine line.


Pen 3902 :  Sheaffer PFM II (Pen for Men- Model 4).  Black  $ SOLD


Overall Grade: Exc+
Trim: Exc Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Perfect
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: Perfect
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $ SOLD
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

PFM IV is the most difficult to find of the five models that were made during all of the 1959-1963 core production era.  This one is very clean and writes a plump medium line. It sold to a want list before I could finish the website update.


Pen 3903 :  Sheaffer PFM III (Pen for Men- Model 3). Black  $265 SOLD
Note that barrel has been personalized (name stamped) "Paul C. Baughman II"

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Trim: Extra Fine
Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: NA Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

This one is in pretty clean and is a superb writer, with a smooth fine line and with good ink flow.  No brassing. 1 pin-sized ding on cap-band on opposite side from clip. The barrel obviously is name-stamped. Priced down for this.  Very nice pen for daily use.


Pen 3904 :  Sheaffer PFM III (Pen for Men- Model 3). Blue $340 SOLD


Overall Grade: Exc+
Trim: Exc Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Fine to Fine-Med Imprint: Perfect
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $340
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

This one is all there. Clean condition. Excellent writer with fairly fine point. The sort I use at work routinely.


Pen 3906 :  Sheaffer PFM I (Pen for Men- Model 1). Black  $255 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc+
Trim: Exc Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Extra Fine Imprint: Perfect
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $255
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

PFM 1 is the entry level FPM. White Trim. Palladium-Silver nib. Non-White Dot.  This one is quite clean and writes a smooth very fine line.


Pen 3907 :  Sheaffer PFM V (Pen for Men- Model 5). Burgundy  $395
The Celebry series ran 1997-2007

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Trim: Extra Fine Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Fine- Fine-Med Imprint: NA Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $395
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

PFM V was the top line model for most years in Sheaffer's catalogues. Gold-filled cap. Gold Nib. Bottom End Plate.  This one is nice but not near mint.  There is light wear to the cap and a few light marks to barrel. The bottom end plate is brassed, as is commonly seen on PFM IV and V. Nice writer.


Pen 3905 :  Sheaffer PFM III (Pen for Men- Model 3). Blue $265 Sold

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Trim: Extra Fine Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: XF-F Imprint: Perfect Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.

Very little overall wear. No brassing. There is shallow ding in cap-band in line with the clip (you can sort of see a distoration of the reflection line in the photo). T


Pen 3908 :  Sheaffer PFM III (Pen for Men- Model 3). Black  $290 Delayed for ink-flow adjustment

Overall Grade: NM/M Tagged
Trim: Perfect Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Perfect
Clutch Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: NA Size: 5 5/8" 14.3cm
PRICE: $290
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice or he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing.


SHEAFFER SNORKEL: 1952-1959:

To start, consider some high-end models, those with gold-filled caps, gold-filled caps and barrels, and solid gold trim.  The high end comprises Crest, Signature, Autograph, Triumph and Masterpiece.  High end models are not always the most expensive pens today, as scarce color often outvalues fancy trim that contributed to high original cost.



Pen 3530 MF  Sheaffer Snorkel Masterpiece  $1200 SOLD
Solid 14k Gold Snorkel

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  XF-Fine Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE$1200
COMMENTS:  Since stumbling into the Snorkel market (and collecting, with about 13 prime examples in my own collection) a few years ago, I've owned a total of just three Masterpieces.  One is in my permanent collection. One sold to a private collector via standing want list. This one is... available. Well better than average. Clean metal, triple hallmarked of course, imprinted "E.a. Wittener" in nice script.  Arguably the King of the American Snorks, though I suppose a certain red pen gives it run for money.



SHEAFFER SNORKEL Continued: 1952-1959:
Special  Nibs.
A brief interlude from stratification by original price point and by color,  to peek at couple "Special Nib" pens. Most Sheaffer Snorkel nibs are firm Fine or Medium, some Extra Fine. Stubs and Accountant (ultra-fine , marked "A")  nibs are well less common. Music Nibs (flex and firm), and marked Flexible  nibs (lacking impressed divider line between the two metal finishes on the two tone nibs) are scarce and of high collector demand.  I have a couple minty special-nib pens for your consideration.


Special Nib Thin Model Touchdown pens can be above. Snork Special Nib pens
should appear late Spring 2014 at latest.

SHEAFFER SNORKEL Continued: 1952-1959:
Colors of High Cachet
Today, with some exceptions, Snorkel color dominates value, usually overwhelming difference in model/trim.  6 colors are considered relatively rare and desirable: Fern, Periwinkle, Peacock, Mandarin,  Fiesta and Vermilion. It is believed they were introduced just before the series discontinued. One can go to ten pen shows in a year and be lucky to find a couple-few amongst the hundreds or thousands of Snorks spotted. They command a price premium, though not in proportion to rarity vs the "common" colors. I'm happy to offer a quite nice array of pens.



Pen 3270 -MF Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  Set Nearmint-in-Box  $225 SOLD
Fiesta Red:  A "High-Cachet" Color
Clipper:  White Dot, 2-tone Metal Cap, Pd-Ag Conical (Triumph) Nib.
NOTE: Metal Cap is personalized (perhaps part of the "Award")
Spare can be provided at nominal cost

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  Perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Imprint:  Nearmint Size 5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $225
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. These two competitors dominated the American quality pen scene throughout the 1950's.  A color of high-cachet,   Fiesta Red looks like a mildly desaturated Vermilion.

This is a neat pen, in terms of historical context, and noting that the cap is name stamped ( see very few cap-personalized pens with the steel caps). Cap is lightly and neatly engraved  "Mickey Johnson". The box citing a town (S.C. ?) in Iowa (Sheaffer of course based in Iowa) mentions a  big band prize and has a 1959-1960 date that correlates to "conventional wisdom" in pendom that the "rare" color Snorks are late issue.  While I could have swapped steel caps for this better color Snork, I felt it best to leave this original package as is, as I found it in the (relative) wild.   I can provide a spare unpersonalized cap at nominal fee if that is sought.  The pen grades nearmint, in superb shape still with nib-grade sticker "FINE" on the gripping section. Smooth fine nib with classic Sheaffer "Waverley" upturned point


SHEAFFER SNORKEL Continued: 1952-1959:
Colors of Intermediate Cachet
The intermediate level colors comprise Buckskin Tan (pink) and Sage Green. I do offer my observation, having hunted Snorks for the website in aggressive fashion for  years, that Buckskin seems markedly more scarce than Sage.  



Pen 3618 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Sage Green  $185
Nib Adjusted by Nib-Meister, Mike Masuyama

Overall Grade: Excellent+
Metal: nearmint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $185
COMMENTS Excellent Snork in a better color (Pastel Green is the common green).  Smooth upturned (Waverly-style) Palladium-Silver nib writes a nice fine line, having recently undergone treatment by nib-meister Mike Masuyama.



Pen 3532 MF Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Set. Buckskin  $230
Nearmint.
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Overall Grade: NearMint
Metal: Mint Color:  MInt CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  Perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Med Imprint:  Mint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$230
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Superb set in box (the "prop" box in the photo is included with this set). Pencil is mint. Pen is as-mint but has met ink.  Less common variant with Sheaffer imprint on cap. Nice smooth wet line.


Pen 3535 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $225
Buckskin Tan (pink)- An "Intermediate" Color
Admiral: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Nearmint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Med  Imprint: Nearmint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTS The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Superb set that has met ink. Smooth line is on the fine side of medium.


Pen 3466 M:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Sage Green $190

Overall Grade: Nearmint/Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: Perfect Size: 5 5/8" 14 cm
PRICE: $190
COMMENTS: Sage is color  "intermediate" cachet.  Admiral has open monotone gold nib. Nice medium point. Superb condition

Pen 3295MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $130 
Buckskin Tan (pink)- An "Intermediate" Color
Admiral: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Med  Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $130
COMMENTS The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. These two competitors dominated the American quality pen scene throughout the 1950's.   Buckskin is considered one of the intermediate colors, along with Sage. My few years hunting Snorks suggests it gives "High Cachet" Fiesta a run in the rarity race and that it is well less common than Sage. Matching gripping section adds a bit of "oomph" to the look, though I am uncertain that Buckskin was offered any other way.

Overall clean pen, there are (eep!) couple light toothies in the blind cap only. I downgraded pen from Exc+ (otherwise). So it goes. Nice responsive medium point, verging on a bit of tine separation with pressure, not enough though to bump label to "semi-flex"

Pen 2041 Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral SAGE (not Pastel) Green   $95

Overall Grade: VG- Fine
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  XF Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE$95
COMMENTS:  Sage Green is a middling color, well more desirable than Black, Gray, Burgundy, Pastel Green and Pastel Blue.  This one has speckled brassing covering the clip, as per the picture. The back of the cap has a small (2-3mm) "flea bite" in the plastic. A bit unusual to my experience with snorks, this one has maker's imprint on the cap instead of barrel.


SHEAFFER SNORKEL Continued: 1952-1959:
Colors of Baseline Cachet
Common colors include Black, Gray, Burgundy, Pastel Green and Pastel Blue. These are found in most models, both White Dot line and non White Dot line.  Signature with solid gold band is found in Black, less often in Green and in Burgundy.  Autograph is Black (?only?- I've heard of but have not seen Burgundy). Amongst the steel cap pens the least common model overall is the non-white-dot Sovereign.  Pens are found with black and less commonly with matching gripipng sections. Matching sections and very early style solid-gold Snorkel tubes add a bit of "oomph" when found.




Pen 3557 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga  $145
Pastel Blue. Mint Stickered.
Saratoga : non-white-dot, plastic cap, two-tone open  gold nib.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $145
COMMENTS The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Mint condition, with no ink showing on dipping. Nice Fine nib seems smooth on water testing

Pen 3137 Sheaffer Snorkel Crest Gray 1950's  $95
Mint Stickered Unrestored. SEMI-FLEX Medium NIb

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med Semi-Flex Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $95
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. These two competitors dominated the American quality pen scene throughout the 1950's.  The Snorkel's filling mechanism in 1959 would find its way into the big Sheaffer PFM series. Mint pen has not met ink. Has nib-grade sticker still on gripping section. Nib is not marked for flex, but is at least semi-Flex (probably pushing full-flex for this era, but not as flexible as a flex 1920's pen, and the nib does not have "flex" code markings.  May not be returned if inked or dipped.  Can be resaced- with some delay in shipping- for additional $30.

Pen 3572 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign. Gray   $155
Sovereign : non-white-dot, steel cap, two-tone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Mint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$155
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.    Sovereign is coming to be appreciated as a slightly better model, the top model of the non White Dot line,  It's steel cap is well less common today than the White-Dot steel caps. Mint condition, dipping in water without ink traces. Superb in all respects.


Pen 2490F Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $80

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  MInt clarity: NA
Point: F-M Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $80 
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. These two competitors dominated the American quality pen scene throughout the 1950's.  The Snorkel's filling mechanism in 1959 would find its way into the big Sheaffer PFM series. Open monotone gold nib, as expected for this model. Couple light marks to the plastic. Nice responsive nib on the medium side of fine-medium

Pen 3281 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper. Gray $110
Clipper:
 White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, PdAg Triumph (Conical) Nib 

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc- No Dings Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: Extra Fine Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $110
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Clean Pen. Nice writer with upturned Sheaffer "Waverley"-type point.




Pen 3554 mf: Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga. Black   $135 SOLD

Overall Grade: MINT
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Med Imprint:  Mint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$135
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. Mint Condition with no traces of ink on dipping. Medium nib seems quite smooth on water testing.


Pen 3571 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $130
Black
Admiral: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Extra Fine Imprint: Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $130
COMMENTS The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Mint with no trace of ink on water testing. Fully restored.  Extra FIne nib with X-2 code appropriate to a monotone gold nib and with Extra Fine gripping section label intact.


Pen 2862-M   Sheaffer Snorkel  Valiant.  Black  $70

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:   Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $95
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. These two competitors dominated the American quality pen scene throughout the 1950's.  VALIANT features the conical two tone 14k gold nib. Nice wet fine-medium point. Bit of woggle to the nib from prior straightening.

Pen 2443 R(?) Sheaffer Snorkel SIGNATURE  $125
 Solid 14k Cap-band.

Overall Grade:  Fine
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity: N/A
Point: ExtraFine Imprint:  None Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $125 
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. This one writes a nice smooth  line with the expected two tone conical (Triumph) nib.  Pens with solid gold cap-bands are well less common than the average Snork.

Cap-band personalized , in this case (lightly) Jesse Callen or some such. Plastic has light marks. Barrel imprint not present (never there vs. worn/polished). Priced down a bit to compensate. 

Pen 2487F Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $70
  Jet Black. Barrel is personalized

Overall Grade:  Fine-Xf
Metal: Clip Brassing Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity:NA
Point: Fine Point Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $70 
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. These two competitors dominated the American quality pen scene throughout the 1950's.  The Snorkel's filling mechanism in 1959 would find its way into the big Sheaffer PFM series. Proper PdAg  Triumph nib. Barrel is personalized "J Ruth Renner"


Pen 3282 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman. Pastel Green  $190 (Can Ship Mid June)
Statesman: White Dot, Plastic Cap, PdAg Conical (Triumph) Nib

Overall Grade: Exc-NM
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: UltraFine-ExtraFine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $190
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. The PdAg nib is the (?) later variant with "Palladium-Silver" in banner form engraved on nib. Super-fine point. Will ship mid June as wish to do final smoothening on the nib.





Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50
Contact: isaacson@frontiernet.net