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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.



Pen 4061 K: Sheaffer Thin Model Touchdown 1951 $235 SOLD
Nearmint-Mint. Flex nib

Overall Grade: Narmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect
.CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Flex Medium Imprint:  NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: TM TD preceded the better known Sheaffer Snorkel, and looks greatly like that pen, though of course having non-snork Touchdown filling system. Snorks and TM TD with two tone gold nibs (suchas this) typically have a stamped line separating the white and yellow portion of the nib. Flex nibs lack that stamped line. This one is a bit odd in that it has the stamped separator but nonetheless has remarkable flexibility, going from medium to at least broad.  A neat 1950s Sheaffer.

Pen 4052 Sheaffer Thin Model Touchdown 1951 $235 SOLD
Nearmint-Mint. Flex-ish nib (wth flex-implying markings)

Overall Grade: Narmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect
.CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Broad Semi-Flex Imprint:  NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: TM TD preceded the better known Sheaffer Snorkel, and looks greatly like that pen, though of course having non-snork Touchdown filling system. Snorks and TM TD with two tone gold nibs (suchas this) typically have a stamped line separating the white and yellow portion of the nib. Flex nibs lack that stamped line. This one lacks the separation line and indeed has flex, but I can't call it full flex, rather let's say semi flex.

Ths one writes a monster broad line with additional width when the semi-flex kicks in. A big bold signature nib that is not often found in 1950s USA-made pens.  A neat 1950s Sheaffer.


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


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.


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

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Trim: Extra Fine Color:  NA
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
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.


SHEAFFER SNORKEL: 1952-1959:

To start, consider some  special and/or high-end models,and  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 4106 K  Sheaffer Snorkel Demonstrator  $465
"Store # 1130. Louisville, KY"

Overall Grade: Extrafine
Metal: Exc Color:  NA
.CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: Perfect

Point: Fine Imprint:  Perfect
Size  5 5/8" 14.2
PRICE: $465
COMMENTS:  Snorks gave Parker 51 arun for the money during the 1950's. The true Demonstrator in practice was a clear Valiant model (plastic cap, White Dot, Triumph gold nib). Demonstrators are relatively scarce, as they were not offered for routine sale to the public.  This one is nice. No  fatal flaws. If had complete  original black lacquer that covers the lower 60% of the cap, it woudld be the nearmint sort that pulls $650+.  This one has nice fine point, with Sheaffer's classic upturned point. Hefty tipping material present.   No internal cracks or stress marks, as are commonly found with these. Mechanism recently restored and works well. 


Pen 4117  SheafferSnorkel Clipper  $425 SOLD
Reverse Trim

Overall Grade As-mint
Metal: superb
Color:  NA
.CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Perfect
Size: 5.5" 14 cm
PRICE: $425 SOLD
COMMENTS: Snorkel has risen in appeal amongst collectors the past decade. This one is frankly rare. I've seen probably a dozen reverse trim pens the past 20 years, and probably did not encounter my first until ten years ago. I've seen no catalogue documentation for this odd variant. I remain overdue to review the Sheaffer service manuals.




SHEAFFER SNORKEL and TIM TD Continued: 1951-1959:
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.



Pen 4101 K: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  . Fat Stub Nib  $235
Statesman: White Dot. Polished Steel Cap. Triumph PdAg nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Exc Color:  Superb .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA

Point: Stub Imprint:  Exc
Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. Collecting interest in these has grown the past few years. This Pastel Blue Clipper is nearmint and still has a bit of the "stub" (nib grade) chalk-mark on the barrel. A one in fifty nib, this fat stub writes in italic fashion, offering shaded writing with thin cross strokes and fat down strokes.



Pen 4061 K: Sheaffer Thin Model Touchdown 1951 $235 SOLD
Nearmint-Mint. Flex nib

Overall Grade: Narmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect
.CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Flex Medium Imprint:  NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: TM TD preceded the better known Sheaffer Snorkel, and looks greatly like that pen, though of course having non-snork Touchdown filling system. Snorks and TM TD with two tone gold nibs (suchas this) typically have a stamped line separating the white and yellow portion of the nib. Flex nibs lack that stamped line. This one is a bit odd in that it has the stamped separator but nonetheless has remarkable flexibility, going from medium to at least broad.  A neat 1950s Sheaffer.

Pen 4052 Sheaffer Thin Model Touchdown 1951 $235 Sold
Nearmint-Mint. Flex-ish nib (wth flex-implying markings)

Overall Grade: Narmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect
.CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Broad Semi-Flex Imprint:  NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: TM TD preceded the better known Sheaffer Snorkel, and looks greatly like that pen, though of course having non-snork Touchdown filling system. Snorks and TM TD with two tone gold nibs (suchas this) typically have a stamped line separating the white and yellow portion of the nib. Flex nibs lack that stamped line. This one lacks the separation line and indeed has flex, but I can't call it full flex, rather let's say semi flex.

Ths one writes a monster broad line with additional width when the semi-flex kicks in. A big bold signature nib that is not often found in 1950s USA-made pens.  A neat 1950s Sheaffer.


Pen 4065 NB: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman. 1952-9. Black  $205
BROAD nib

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  NA .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: BROAD ("B-4") Imprint:  A bit light
Size: 5 1/2", 14 cm
PRICE: $205
COMMENTS: Clipper was the Snorkel model featuring plastic cap with White Dot and with Palladium-Silver "Triumph" conical nib. This one is basic black in nice but not perfect shape, but packing a one-in-fifty  fully marked Broad nib. Have fun...


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 4013  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper. Fiesta Red   $330
Clipper: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone PdAg (Palladium-Silver) nib

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: superb Color:  Superb .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Superb
Size: 5 7/16th" 14 cm
PRICE: $330
COMMENTS: Sheaffer's 1952-1959 Snorkel gave Parker quite the run for the money, reportedly outselling the "51" during that era. One of the most highly engineered fountain pens ever made, it offered more than a dozen models and a dozen colors during the course of its nearly decade-long run.  Snorkel has moved way up the collecting food chain since I joined the hobby in 1998. The late Sam Marshall's article in 2002 was the first in depth treatment of that series. My find more than a decade ago of a hefty collection of the "tough" colors led me to make a market in the series for about ten years. The top six colors grow difficult to find. My personal collection includes about 15 of the best variants one can find.  You are welcome to view my incomplete, though throrough, Snorkel guide done some years back. I really need to finish it.

Snorkel Guide

This one is Clipper (White Dot, PdAg Triumph Nib, Two Tone Cap) in the desirable Fiesta Red.  It grades Excellent with minimal signs of use. cap is clean without any dings or dents. The Fine PdAg nib is marked with proper code F4 on back.

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 4044 NB:  1950s Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral $115
Black.  Monotone Gold Nib

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Ex
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA

Point: Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTS: Snorkel (1952-1959) as Admiral had non White Dot plastic cap and monotone solid gold nib. It was  the most affordable Snork with gold nib. This oen is clean and has responsive Fine-Medium point. Affordable Snork even today.


Pen 3571 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $130  sold
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