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Sheaffer Connaisseur
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Sheaffer Grand Connaisser and Sheaffer-for-Levenger Connaisseur. The for-Levengers first series featured  translucent/transparent  "Seas" colors, and  the second series had palladium trim. Sheaffer manufactured the Levenger variants from 1998-2001 or so.  All pens have solid gold nibs, with those found with the Levengers second series having a white finish.  Grand Connaisseur has two-tone gold nib.

These are cartridge/converter filling, and all pens sold in this cluster have converters, these days a $20 value each.

Matching ballpoint pens (not illustrated) also are offered.


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Item # Details
Condition
Nib: Price  
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3942 Orange-Copper transparent, palladium trim (for Levenger, 2nd series). Solid gold nib with rhodium or palladium plating. Though nib-section marked "M" for medium, point looks to be fine.
NM/Mint
 F
$195
2 3943 Aegean Sea (Green Transparent) for Levenger. Bold broad tip.
NM/Mint B
$235
SOLD


Not shown: Green Transparent matching Ballpoint . $80 if taken alone. $50 if taken with matching fountain pen as set.
Mint
$80 $50
SOLD
3
3944 Gold Plated Grand Connaisseur. Two tone gold nib. Nib grade between fine-medium
Nearmint
 FM $375
SOLD
4 3945 Blue (blue-gray transparent), palladium trim, Levengers 2nd series,  solid gold nib with  rhodium or palladium plating Mint F
$195
SOLD
5 3946 Red Sea (Red Transparent) for Levenger. Broad+ nib with hefty tipping.
Near Mint B+
$235
SOLD


Not shown: Red Matching Ballpoint for Red Sea Fountain Pen. $80 if taken alone or $50 if taken with fountain pen above to make a set
Mint
$80 $50
SOLD
6 3947 Carribean Sea (Yellow Translucent) for Levenger. Broad nib with hefty tipping.
Mint B
$235
SOLD


Not shown: Yellow Matching Ballpoint for Carribean Sea (Yellow)  Fountain Pen. $80 if taken alone or $50 if taken with fountain pen above to make a set Mint
$80 $50
SOLD



 Tray 1014. Sheaffer Connaisseur.
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COMMENTS:  Sheaffer Connaisseur, Sheaffer/Levenger Connaisseur, and Sheaffer Grand Connaisser. The for-Levengers first series features  translucent  "Seas" colors, and  the second series has palladium trim. Sheaffer manufactured the Levenger variants from 1998-2001 or so.  All pens have solid gold nibs, with those found with the Levengers second series having a white finish.  Grand Connaisseur fountain pens have two-tone gold nibs.


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Item # Model/ Color/ Condition
Details
Nib: Price:  
1
3739
Sheaffer/Levenger Mediterranean Sea. Nearmint/Mint
Includes converter
Medium
$215
SOLD
2 3740 Sheaffer/Levenger Tasman Sea. Nearmint/Mint
Includes converter
Broad (tough nib)
$230
SOLD
3 3741 Sheaffer/Levenger Red Sea (go figure). Nearmint/mint Includes converter
Broad (tough nib) $230
SOLD
4 3742 Sheaffer  Opaque Black. Very Good
Includes converter. Diffuse wear to finish. A decent user priced for the nib.
Fine
$90
SOLD
5 3743 Sheaffer/Levenger Tasman Sea. Nearmint/Mint
Includes converter
Broad
$230
6 3744 Sheaffer (Grand)  Gold Plated. Nearmint Includes converter.
Fine-ish Med
$400
SOLD
7 3745 Sheaffer (Grand)  Tortoise Shell. Excellent Includes converter
Fine
$325
SOLD
8 3746 Sheaffer   Black Chased Nearmint/Mint Includes converter
Medium
$295
SOLD
9 3747  Sheaffer (Grand) Gold-Plated. Nearmint-Mint No converter
Medium.
$380
10 3748 Sheaffer/Levenger 2nd series. Gray-Clear Nearmint-Mint.  Includes converter
Medium
$195
SOLD
11
3749
Sheaffer/Levenger 2nd series. Blu/Gray-Clear. NM/Mint
Includes converter
Fine
$195
12
3750
Sheaffer/Levenger 2nd series. Mandarin-Clear. NM/Mint
Includes converter
Medium
$195
SOLD
13
3751
Sheaffer/Levenger 2nd series. Avocado-Clear. NM/Mint
Includes converter
Fine-ish Med
$180
SOLD



Pen 3556 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Statesman Pastel Green   $145 SOLD
Mint Stickered
Statesman:  White-dot, plastic cap, PdAg Triumph point.

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$145 SOLD
COMMENTS: The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Mint. No ink on dipping. Fine nib seems quite smooth on water testing.  Note, this pen also has foil "Statesman $15.50" under the clip. I had misplaced it during photography. 


Pen 3543 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $130 SOLD
Burgundy. Extra Fine point.
Admiral: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: XF 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.  Though the nib-grade sticker reads FINE, in fact the nib code and point are Extra Fine.


Pen 3573 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign  $145 SOLD
Pastel Blue. As-Mint
Sovereign : non-white-dot, steel cap, two-tone gold nib.


Overall Grade: Nearmint+
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect 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, without traces of ink on water dipping. Fine Point smooth on water testing


The Tray 1010. Special Color Snorks (and some solid gold trim)
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COMMENTS:  A boatload of high-cachet Snorks. 


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Item # Color/Model/Condition
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Nib: Price:  
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3689 Buckskin Beige Statesman (PdAg Triumph nib). Excellent
An intermediate-level color, along with Sage Green.
M
$185
2 3690 Peacock Clipper (PdAg Triumph nib). Extra Fine
One of the  six high-cachet relatively scarce  colors
F
$255
Sold
3 3691 Fern Green Valiant (gold Triumph nib). Extra Fine
Generally viewed as the toughest color to find. Couple light marks by clip top
M
$265
Sold
4 3692 Fern Green Valiant (gold Triumph nib). Near Mint

F
$290
Sold
5 3693 Fern Green Valiant (gold Triumph Nib). Near Mint

B
$315
Sold
6 3694 Fern Green Valiant (gold Triumph nib). Near Mint

M
$290
Sold
7 3695 Peacock Statesman (PdAg Triumph Nib) NM

M
$270
Sold
8 3696 Periwinkle Valiant (Gold Nib)
One of the  six high-cachet relatively scarce  colors M
$270
Sold
9 3697 Burgundy Signature (Solid Gold
Cap-band). Gold Triumph nib.
Signature offered a solid gold cap-band to three Snorkel colors. Probably more scarce than the gold Autograph model all told.
M
$225
Sold
10 3698 Black Autograph (Solid gold cap-band and clip)

M
$225
Sold


Pen 3551 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  $255 SOLD
fiesta Red
Clipper: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NMINT Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: FINE Imprint: NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $255
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Fiesta is one of the six colors of high-cachet.  Nearmint condition. Has met ink. Otherwise as-mint. FNice fine nib smooth on water testing

Pen 3296 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman. SAGE Green 1950's   $190 SOLD
Statesman: White Dot, Plastic Cap, PdAg Conical "Triumph" Nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity:NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Nearmint 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. Sage green is a color of "intermediate cachet", far more scarce than Pastel Green. Nib properly coded F-4 for fine point in a Statesman. Matching gripping section. Nice writer.  Upturned classic "Waverley"-style point.

Pen 3569 mf:  SheafferTM (Thin Model) Touchdown. Crest.  $235 SOLD
1951. Burgundy. Nearmint Stickered. Not-so-common

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine-Med Imprint: Exc Size5 3/8" 13.5cm PRICE: $235
COMMENTS With similar look to the subsequent Sheaffer Snorkel, theTM (Thin Model) Touchdown was a one year series, running between the 1949-1950 (fat) Touchdown  and the 1952-1959 Snorkel.  Far more scarce than Snorkel, TM TD turns up less often still in Crest (gold-filled cap) model. Price sticker shows a non-Snorkel Crest price, adding a bit of charm. Lovely pen and nice writer.



Pen 3609  M: Sheaffer PFM IV (Pen For Men Four)  $200 SOLD
User Grade

Overall Grade: User Grade**
Metal: Extra Fine
Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  Perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Extra Fine
Imprint:  NA
Size5 3/8" 13.6cm PRICE$200
COMMENTS:  TThe 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 IV actually is rare today than PFM V (perhaps those willing to spend for a fancy model, were willing to spring a bit more to get the all gold-filled cap).    This one has couple very shallow small dings only at flat portion at top of cap. It is rendered "User Grade" by a crack in the filling knob at back of pen.  When I manage to track down a spare, the pen will then be priced at $360. Marked discount for imperfect pen. Very nice writer.

Pen 2100 Sheaffer PFM 1 (Pen for Men One). Jet Black $235 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine-XF Imprint:  Exc Size 5 3/8" 13.5cm PRICE: $235
COMMENTS:  The "Fat Snorkel" PFM really was the last of the oversized FP's from American companies for decades to come. Wahl was gone. Waterman was gone from the USA. Parker had the 51, 61 and other thin pens.  PFM comes in 5 colors and 5 core trim levels (Black offers a 6th trim).   The PFM I features  PdAg nib and white trim.


Pen 3782:  Sheaffer Snorkel Demonstrator. 1950s   $625 SOLD

Overall Grade: Excellent+
Trim: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5.5" 14cm
PRICE: $625 SOLD
COMMENTS:  It was back around 2007 when I accidentally purchased a large Snorkel collection including many of the "tough" colors, thus entering the world of Snorkel sales. Today Vacumania probably offers more Snorks each year than anyone.. Today my personal collection numbers fewer than 15, but has most of the greats, including a couple true rarities.  Great pens the Snorkel, offering a wide range of colors/models.  This one is an all-clear Demonstrator (essentially a clear Valiant) in superb condition. No cracks. Well preserved black cap lacquer. No replacement parts.


Pen 2447 Sheaffer Compact II Early Style  $85 Sold
Cartridge Filler. Nearmint  Residual chalk marks.

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch:  Perfect clarity:  Perfect
Point:  Fine-Medium Imprint:  NM Size: 5 1/8" 12.9 cm
PRICE: $85
COMMENTS:  Compact II (unlike Compact I) features gold-filled trim. Early style (a minority of pens) features the transparent barrel windows.  Takes only Sheaffer short cartridges. Partial chalk-marks still on barrel. Neat lil' pen. 

Pen 3158 Sheaffer Balance Golf Pencil $90 SOLD
Black and Pearl Celluloid

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Extra Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: NA Imprint: Exc Size: 2 1/2" 6.5 cm PRICE$90
COMMENTSAdvertised by Sheaffer in some of the earlier colors but also found uncatalogued in some middle-era colors, the tiny Golf Pencil (vest pocket pencil) fits well into Balane collections, indeed carrying more collector cachet than do many of the typical full-length pencils. This one has nice- though not perfect- color. Good amount of original eraser present. CLean trim

Pen 3176 Sheaffer Balance Golf Pencil  $115 SOLD
Marine Green (mottled) Celluloid ~1930

Overall Grade: NearMint
Metal: Exc Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: NA Imprint:  Superb Size: 2 1/2" 6.5 cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTSAdvertised by Sheaffer in some of the earlier colors but also found uncatalogued in some middle-era colors, the tiny Golf Pencil (vest pocket pencil) fits well into Balane collections, indeed carrying more collector cachet than do many of the typical full-length pencils. This Marine Green example pops. Great color and imprint. Nice imprint. Still most of origin eraser under the crown. No brassing.

Pen 3610 MF:  Sheaffer Balance Oversized "First Style"  $495 Sold
 Superb Jade Color. !929

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: XF Imprint: Excellent
Size: 5 3/4" 14.6cm
PRICE: $495
COMMENTS Balance  is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. The series saw frantic evolution and might be the only pen series to run the entire 1930's.  Jade celluloid is notorious for discoloration, and well preserved specimens carry a premium. In overall excellent condition this one has "top 5%" color, with just a hint of ambering at the barrel threads.   This is an early variant of the oversized model, as indicated by the extra long barrel, the long clip reaching the trim ring, and the slightly short cap. The gripping section might be a smidge later, as marked by the narrower distal portion by the nib. Smooth Extra Fine point with nice ink flow.

Pen 3613 M: Sheaffer flat-end Jade Celluloid Lifetime   $175 Sold
Standard Girth, Short model. Excellent Jade Color Preservation

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc+ CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 4 1/2" 11.4cm PRICE$175 Sold
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer successfully introduced to pendom the lever-fill system, not to mention  Celluloid (or did Leboeuf do that?) and more.  Flat-end pens were of high quality. This one is a mid 1920's critter with really well preserved Jade color celluloid, of significance because most pens see heavily discolored Jade.  Most clean-color Jade Sheaffer flat-tops are the late post-catalogue Jade pens which  tend to feature a green that leans more to the blue compared to the earlier green. Finding 1920's, high-set clip pens with nice color is well harder. This one is the earlier style pen, probably the cleanest early-Jade flat-top Sheaffer I've ever offered.  It is not perfect. There is a bit of darkening by the barrel threads.

Pen 3602 M: Sheaffer Flat-End Gold-Filled Metal Pen ~ mid 1920's  $220 SOLD
Relatively Uncommon Smooth Finish in Superb Condition
Monster Nib. Noodle Flex  (Fine to BBB)

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: NA
Point: Monster Flex (F-to-BBB)
Imprint:  NA Size: 3 1/2"  9.5cm PRICE$220 Sold
COMMENTSI have healthy respect for and a nice collection of quality metal ring-tops generally dating to late 1910's-1930 or so. They were jewelry items in their day and were meant not just for the ladies (whose dresses lacked pockets) but also for me who wore them in their suits' vest pockets. Amongst the "Big FIve" pen makers and their smaller but still quality competitors, Very nice variants can be found readily from  Sheaffer, Waterman, Wahl and Mabie. Most offered pens of this sort in sterling, gold-filled and  solid gold, with some interesting other choices used on occasion.   Key to the non-solid-metal pens is to find pens free of brassing.  Dings always matter. This one is clean. Ding free. Unbrassed.  Clean unpersonalized cartouche.   No joke, if one likes metal pens, he can build a killer collection by diverse makers at a reasonable cost by embracing the ring-tops.

This one is rather nice. One can imagine that  finding a 90 year old smooth finish pen not showing dings is no small thing.  Clean stylish personalization is well illustrated. Nib is a monster. Wet Noodle Fine to BBB, carrying the charming "Sheaffer Self-Filling" early imprint.   When I used it with slow writing, ink flow did keep up with maximal flex, but fast writing gave some skipping. Your call regarding how you write, but I knocked off a bit on price in case you want to send it to Mike Masuyama for further adjustment. 

Pen 3603 M: Sheaffer Flat-End Metal Ring-Top ~ Mid 1920's  $175 SOLD
Monster Nib. Noodle Flex  (Fine to BBB)

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: high flex Imprint: NA Size: 3 1/2" 13.5cm
PRICE: $175
COMMENTS: I have healthy respect for and a nice collection of quality metal ring-tops generally dating to late 1910's-1930 or so. They were jewelry items in their day and were meant not just for the ladies (whose dresses lacked pockets) but also for me who wore them in their suits' vest pockets. Amongst the "Big FIve" pen makers and their smaller but still quality competitors, Very nice variants can be found readily from  Sheaffer, Waterman, Wahl and Mabie. Most offered pens of this sort in sterling, gold-filled and  solid gold, with some interesting other choices used on occasion.   Key to the non-solid-metal pens is to find pens free of brassing.  Dings always matter. This one is clean. Ding free. Unbrassed.     No joke, if one likes metal pens, he can build a killer collection by diverse makers at a reasonable cost by embracing the ring-tops.

Clean stylish personalization is well illustrated.  High-Flex nib ("Sheaffer Self Filler") ranges fine to BB, very smooth, with nice ink flow.

Pen 3780 :  WASP (Sheaffer sub-brand) Clipper  $185  SOLD
Silver Pearl Lahn Celluloid ~1938

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Trim: Fine+ Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine. Semi-flex Imprint: Excellet Size: 5" ,12.8cm
PRICE: $185
COMMENTS:    One of my few claims to fame in collectable pendom is being the discoverer of Sheaffer literature identifying the name Lahn for this pattern celluoid, one which has gold-tone metallic threads buried deep in the clear celluloid, hiding under the colored plastic stripes, making for a remarkable visual depth to the plastic.  Found so far only in standard (full girth) size. Three colors. Several "brand" imprints can be found along with some tweaks on trim and end-color.  Generally, the weak point is the trim. Whether plated insted of "filled", whether thinner gold-filled than other Sheaffer pens,  or whether in general  found more worn as the pen was inexpensive ($1.25 or so) back in the day and thus was used with more abandon... pens typically are found with clean plastic but worn trim.    Sheaffer sub-brand pens are some of the relatively few pens I will routinely consider for after-market plating. The solid gold nib is a bit small relative to the pen's size, consistent with its original affordable price point. This one has sound original trim. I'm overdue for a short profile on Lahn Sheaffers, and will add one soon, with a link from any Lahn pens for sale.

This one has superb plastic, with great color and clarity (the golden threads show well).  Imprint is razor sharp. No personalization present. Trim is quite nice with light wear to cap-band and just at the high point at the hump on the clip. A top 10% example easily though not top 1%. Nice smooth line with just a hint of flex.

Pen 3775 :  Sheaffer Balance: Off-catalogue "Fish Scale" cap-band  $415 SOLD
Long-Standard Model. 2nd Largest Size

Overall Grade: Excellent
Trim: Excellent Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc
clarity: NA Personalized "ROSE"
Point: Fine, Firm Imprint: Superb Size: 5 3/8"13.6cm
PRICE: $415
COMMENTS: A core focus of mine the last decade or so has been on 1930 Sheaffer Balance pens with off-catalogue special-market cap-band styles, pens that do not appear in the ten or so period Sheaffer catalogues and major brochures. Not counting the most common of the special cap-bands, the "Jeweler's" (lined) cap-band-- which in this long-standard model which by 1938 or so would gain the name Regent-- I own  perhaps 50 of the other special cap-band pens, likely the heftiest array to be found.  The "fish-scale" cap-band appears rarely. A decade of serious effort has left me seeing fewer than 25 fish-scale cap-band pens amongst the numerous colors/sizes offered in Balance.  The one larger size pen (oversized) in this color and cap-band I only added to my collection this season, after passing on just one other seen about ten years ago (thank you Pat for the OS pen)

This one is a gem. Superb color and trim. Bright amber barrel transparency in spiral pattern. Razor sharp imprint.  A Gerry Berg restoration of the plunger filling system.  The cartouche on the cap-band is elegantly personalized "Rose", and I note that most of these I've found feature have been personalized, perhaps consistent with the suspected special market/gift nature of Balances with this cap-band.  

The only reason I'm parting with this is because I have a duplicate, an amazing thing really.  If you want a rare and beautiful Balance variant, one you might not see again, well... here you go.  Here are the four special cap-bands found on USA-made Sheaffer Balances.


Pen 3786 :  Sheaffer Balance Oversized  $675 SOLD
Ebonized Pearl Celluloid

Overall Grade: Exc
Trim: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $675 SOLD
COMMENTS: Big honkin' Balance in a "better" color in superb condition. And, there you have it.

Pen 3790 :  Sheaffer Balance Oversize. Off-Catalogue Cap-band  $395 SOLD
Premier Deluxe in Marine Green Celluloid. Plunger-fill. [Only the green pen is for sale]

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Trim: Extra Fine
Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 3/8 " 13.6cm
PRICE: 395
COMMENTS: A core focus of mine the last decade or so has been on 1930 Sheaffer Balance pens with off-catalogue special-market cap-band styles, pens that do not appear in the ten or so period Sheaffer catalogues and major brochures. This green oversized pen-- featuring an excellent Gerry Berg plunger-fill restoration-- features the most common of the several special cap-bands, what collectors call the Jeweler's cap-band, a very wide band with vertically-lined pattern. I wrote a huge article a couple years ago or the PCA about this sort. And, of late, I own the only known Jeweler's catalogue (an article for another day) to feature pens with this  cap-band.  The picture above-left shows the pen for sale. The shot above-right shows it with a smaller long-standard Deluxe Statesman in Carmine (red) and Lady Sheaffer Deluxe in brown. In fact, the other two can be for sale too. perhaps in a future offering...

This pen:  The plastic has great color and the barrel has near-mint transparency. The sweet two tone nib writes excellently, featuring the upturned point Sheaffer trumpeted. Trim is free of brassing. The lined cap-band is free of brassing.  This one would grade full excellent, but has a slight imperfection in the curve of the radius clip. In the pic at right you can see it if you look closely (do click on the Larger Pic link). I've priced this similarly to the 50-times more common typical cap-band pen in excellent shape.  Had the clip been perfect (and you might not notice this imperfection), It would have priced at more than $500. Yeah, I know. Go prove it.  

Just for fun, the four special cap-band patterns found on USA-made Sheaffers



Pen 3536 MF Sheaffer "For Your Autograph" Touchdown. 1949-1950  $295 SOLD
Hallmarked Solid Gold Cap-Trim

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.4cm
PRICE$295
COMMENTS:  The first Touchdowns (vs later Thin Model Touchdown) I've offered in years, a taste of the couple hundred 1940's Sheaffer's heading, eventually, to a huge Vacumania Update, the full Touchdown pen appeared in 1949 in Sheaffer's Forticel injection plastic, replacing the long-running plunger-fill pens.  While these do not have a snorkel tube, they look and feel far more like an oversized Snorkel pen than do the later Sheaffer Pen For Men which used the snork tube but which had a different shape.  I'm fond of these.   This one has solid gold trim and ran $20 back in the day. A much "better" model.


Pen 3542 Sheaffer Touchdown Stateman, 1949-1950   $195 SOLD
The "fat" (pre TM "Thin Model") Series. Burnt Umber Forticel Plastic.

Overall Grade:Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 1/4" 13.4cm PRICE$195
COMMENTS:  The first Touchdowns (vs later Thin Model Touchdown) I've offered in years, a taste of the couple hundred 1940's Sheaffer's heading, eventually, to a huge Vacumania Update, the full Touchdown pen appeared in 1949 in Sheaffer's Forticel injection plastic, replacing the long-running plunger-fill pens.  While these do not have a snorkel tube, they look and feel far more like an oversized Snorkel pen than do the later Sheaffer Pen For Men which used the snork tube but which had a different shape.

Statesman combined the prior era's non-white-dot open nib Sovereign with prior era's "Triumph" nib Statesman. The open nib is massive relative to the pen.  Clean pen in Burnt Umber (chocolate brown) plastic, with nice fine point. .


Pen 3564 mf:  Sheaffer Touchdown Valiant Tuckaway Green   $135 SOLD

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  XF Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 3/4" 12.5"
PRICE$135
COMMENTS:  The first Touchdowns (vs later Thin Model Touchdown) I've offered in years, a taste of the couple hundred 1940's Sheaffer's heading, eventually, to a huge Vacumania Update, the full Touchdown pen appeared in 1949 in Sheaffer's Forticel injection plastic, replacing the long-running plunger-fill pens.  

 Valiant Tuckaway is full girth with full-length  (clasp clip) cap with short barrel, a squat stubby thing.  All but the blind cap grade near mint, but blind cap has couple light marks.

Pen 3465 mf:  Sheaffer Touchdown Tuckaway Prussian Blue  $195 SOLD
Mint. Stickered. Huge Nib

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine-med Imprint: Perfect Size: 4 3/4" 12.5cm
PRICE: $195
COMMENTS  The first Touchdowns (vs later Thin Model Touchdown) I've offered in years, a taste of the couple hundred 1940's Sheaffer's heading, eventually, to a huge Vacumania Update, the full0g Touchdown pen appeared in 1949 in Sheaffer's Forticel injection plastic, replacing the long-running plunger-fill pens.  

Tuckway, proper (the model, not the series) is full girth with full-length  (clasp clip) cap with short barrel, a squat stubby thing. It was renamed from Tuckaway II the prior year, but in fact effectively is a Statesman Tuckaway, the short form of Statesman. Found with large and small nibs (both same model name though different code, possibly a nib evolution during the two year run), this one has the big nib. Mint with cap sticker.  Fully restored but may not be returned if inked/dipped.

Pen 3560 sm:  Sheaffer Thin Model Touchdown Sentinel Deluxe  $75
Yes, open two tone nib is correct to this model

Overall Grade: VG- Fine
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: small flat to blind cap
Point:  F-M Imprint:  Exc Size5 3/8" 13.5cm PRICE$75
COMMENTSWith similar look to the subsequent Sheaffer Snorkel, the TM (Thin Model) Touchdown was a one year series, running between the 1949-1950 (fat) Touchdown series and the 1952-1959 Snorkel.   TM TD did mix offer White Dot with open nib for some models. Clean cap, barrel and nib, but the blind cap has a couple millimeter dent/melt that is unobtrusive but which still is a flaw. Priced pretty well for parts and the restoration. If i get around to it, I'll have the $10 blind cap replaced and bump the price back to $150+ . Or maybe not...


Pen 3533 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $315 SOLD
Mandarin OIrange Set. Nearmint
Admiral: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Med  Imprint: Nearmint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $315
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Superb set. Pencil is mint. Pen has met ink. Smooth medium point  on the fine side of medium.


Pen 3546 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $255 SOLD
Mandarin Orange.

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  M Imprint:  Exc Size:5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$255
COMMENTS:   The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  One of the 6 color of high cachet. All round excellent pen that has seen minimal use. Nib coded as a medium, it writes on the fine side of Medium.



Pen 3547 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Pencill  $100 Sold
 
Fern Green
Admiral: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: NA Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $100
COMMENTSEssentially the most scarce color. Turn your pen into a set.


Pen 3545 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $140 SOLD
Buckskin Tan (pink)- An "Intermediate" Color
Valiant:  white-dot, plastic cap, Two tone conical  gold nib.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $140
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.  Mint unused. No trace of ink. Tiny plastic flake from palstic noted at back of barrel, visible in photo, next to breather hole.

Pen 2587  Sheaffer Imperial  $245
14k Gold-Filled pen in Diamond/Rhomboid Pattern

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch:  Perfect clarity:  Modest amber
Point: Fine Imprint:  NM Size5 1/4" 13.2 cm PRICE: $245
COMMENTS:  I've actually found more of these in Sterling than in gold tone.  Guessing this dates to 1970's. That it is gold filled  (vs gold plated) indicates earlier production, though I don't insist. Very clean and  elegant pen.

Pen 1699-3 Sheaffer Balance Oversized. Jet Black Celluloid
Radius Clip Late 1930's  $215

Overall Grade: Extra Fine Trim:  Exc
Plastic: few light tooth mraks CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Exc  Transparency:  NA
Point: Fine-XF Imprint:   extrafine Size:  5.5" PRICE: $215 
COMMENTS:    The Sheaffer OS Balance is one of Vacumania's bread and butter vintage pens. Available in a plethora of colors, Black is the most stable color and of course represents a certain conservative eleganceThe OS Balance  represents the ideal mix of large size, top quality manufacture, vintage look, big name and relatively affordable price. Scattered very light toothmarks at butt of pen.  A smooth ,quite fine monotone Sheaffer Lifetime nib rounds out the package.

Pen 1703-7 Sheaffer Balance Oversized
Radius Clip Late 1930's  $220

Overall Grade: ExtraFine Trim:  One tiny capband ding.
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  Exc
Point: Fine Firm
Imprint:   Exc Size:  5.5"" PRICE: $220 
COMMENTS:    The Sheaffer OS Balance is one of Vacumania's bread and butter vintage pens.  Available in a plethora of colors, Black is the most stable color and of course represents a certain conservative elegance.. The OS Balance  represents the ideal mix of large size, top quality manufacture, vintage look, big name and relatively affordable price.   Fine piont nib and clean plastic


Pen 3219 JB:  Sheaffer Flat-Top Lifetime Short-Standard size
Uncatalogued Late Production Piece. Excellent Jade  $165 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Extra-Fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: XF-F Imprint: Exc Size 4 1/2 " 11.4 cm PRICE: $165
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer was the first of the "Big- 4" to embrace celluloid, introducing pendom to green plastic pens.  Last illustrated in the 1929 Sheaffer catalogue that introduced Balance, modern research has shown that Sheaffer continued to manufacture the venerable flat-topped pens through at least the late 1930's, maybe later still.  This is one such pen, showing the blue-tinged Jade celluloid that we believe to be more stable than earlier shades, this pen also packs the low-set "humped" clip and sees the  return of the single cap-band.  Very nice color. Firm XF-to-Fine point. <10% cap-band brassing (bottom edge for about 1/3 the band)

Pen 3567 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign  $155 SOLD
Pastel Blue. Nearmint-stickered
Sovereign : non-white-dot, steel cap, two-tone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
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: $155
COMMENTS The 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. In as-mint condition, it has met ink. Fully marked Extra Fine (X-3) two-tone gold nib, seems to me to border on XXF it is so fine.


Pen 3570 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Pastel Blue   $125 SOLD
Statesman:  White Dot Plastic Cap and Triumph PdAg nib

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  F-M Imprint:  Mint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$125
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Mint condition with no ink traces on dipping. This one lacks any stickers or tags. Nib seems to be a smooth fine-medium on water testing


Pen 3558 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga SAGE Pastel Green   $140 SOLD
Mint Stickered

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Med Imprint:  Mint Size 5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$140
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Mint condition with no ink traces on dipping. Nice Medium nib seems quite smooth on water testing.


Pen 3528 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkwel Statesman  $155 SOLD
Sage Green
Statesman: White Dot Plastic Cap and PdAg "Triumph" nib.

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Extra Fine
Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $155
COMMENTS  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Better color.  Very clean plastic, Nice imprint but not razor sharp


Pen 3548 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper.   $240
Fiesta Red

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Nearmint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  XF Imprint:  Exc Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$240
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Fiesta Red is one of the six high-cachet colors.  Clean pen all around noting just about a millimeter of brassing at just the bottom tip of clip, noted in the photo. Nicely smooth for such a fine point.



Pen 2879-S  Sheaffer PFM II (Pen For Men 2) Black $265 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Fine-Fine/Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
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 for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  PFM II  has brushed steel cap and Palladium-Silver nib. It is less common than PFM I and  PFM III. Nice wet-writing point between fine and medium.


Pen 3561 S:  Sheaffer Pen For Men Five (PFM-V)  $345 SOLD
Black: 1959-1963

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: XF-F Imprint: Exc Size: 5 9/16" 13.5cm PRICE: $345
COMMENTS The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is a PFM-V was a high end variant.  Plastic is clean. Cap has no side dings but has hard-to-see edge ding at very top of cap where top meets sides. 


Pen 3562 nb:  Sheaffer Pen For Men Five (PFM-V)  $375
Black: 1959-1963

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Clutch  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint:  NA Size5 3/8" 13.5cm PRICE$375
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is a PFM-V was a high end variant.  Plastic is clean. Cap is free of dings, with just a hint of wear/brass to the very top edges of cap.  Well better than most.

Pen 3577 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel  Mandarin Orange  $280 SOLD
Mint Stickered


Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Medium Imprint: Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $280
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.  Mint with nib-grade sticker. Never met ink. Superb all around.


Pen 3531 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel  $265
Mandarin Orange.
Sentinel:white-dot, steel cap, two tone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc+ Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money. Clean pen with fine point.


Pen 2976 S Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant Pastel Green  $75

Overall Grade:  Fine-Xf
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA clip moves slightly
Point: Medium- smooooth. Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $75
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. Two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. Smooth nib. Discounted  as the nib does wiggle a bit left to right. Nice writer.


Pen 1863 Sheaffer PFM III. Jet Black Snorkel Filler.
Gold Filled Trim. Gold nib.   $230

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $230
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. Indeed, A black PFM II that i once had on the site for sale, became my regular user at work and has been so now for probably a year.  The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is a PFM III with gold nib and goldfilled cap-band. It is in excellent shape, and has a name stamped in the barrel neatly. Nice writer.

Pen 2875-M  Sheaffer Snorkel Special  Gray  $85 sold

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $85
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.  Snorkel SPECIAL features non-white-dot nib and open PdAg nib. This one has remnant of nib-grade sticker still on the gripping section. Clean pen

Pen 3091  Sheaffer Flat-Top Oversized SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid. Single-Band. Mid 1920's. Plump Point  $225

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc+
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Full Medium Imprint: Exc Size 5 1/4 " 13.4 cm PRICE: $225
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer was the first of the "Big- 4" to embrace celluloid. Conventional wisdom has it that Sheaffer introduced celluloid to pen manufacture, though of late some data have arrived suggesting that Leboeuf might have beat them to the punch.  This is a relatively early flat-top with high-riding clip and single cap-band. Very clean pen with no brassing to cap-band and lever, and just a bit to the clp-ball.  Plump wet medium point with very firm nib. Nice writer.

Pen 3094 Z: Sheaffer Balance Oversized. Jet Black Celluloid 1936-41  $235 SOLD

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  XF-F (2-tone) Imprint:  Extra Fine Size: 5 1/2" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $235 SOLD
COMMENTS Following the Parker Vacumatic, Sheaffer Balance sees the largest representation in my own collection. Those two series targetted similar niches during the 1930's and were in fierce competition. This is the big one, in conservative black celluloid. No brassing to the metal trim. Clean imprint with a few letters a bit light at the right side. Couple light marks to plastic.  Superb correct two tone Sheaffer Lifetime smooth wet nib that is very fine (i label it between Fine and Extra Fine).  A nice daily scribbler, no doubt.

Pen 1584 Sheaffer Balance "Autograph" Solid 14K Gold Trim  $245

Overall Grade: Fine Trim:  Perfect
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: VG
Threads:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA
Point: Med+ Smooooth
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  5 3/8" PRICE: $245 
COMMENTS:    Sheaffer during the 1930's catalogued and sold far more solid gold trim pens than did other major manufacturers.  The pens we llump under "Autograph" in general packed solid 14k hallmarked clip and cap band (not lever).  This pen is the second largest size, what eventually would be called the Statesman and would eventually (in non-Autograph trim) pack the "1000" barrel imprint. This pen dates earlier, probably early-mid 1930's. Very clean shape. Sharp sharp barrel imprint. No plastic flaws. Clean trim. The smooth medium+ upturned monotone Sheaffer LIfetime nib does have one tiny nick at an edge. Lovely pen

Pen 3108 R:  Sheaffer Balance Admiral 1938-41
Carmine Celluloid $225
SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc+ Color: Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: FINE Imprint: ExtraFine Size: 5 7/16" 13.6cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTSFollowing the Parker Vacumatic, Sheaffer Balance sees the largest representation in my own collection. Those two series targetted similar markets during the 1930's and were in fierce competition.  Carmine was introduced around 1938 and is popular with collectors. The model packs the "500" mark representing its $5 price, and eventually gained the name, "Admiral".  This one is quite clean with smooth fine point.

Pen 3539 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel PEACOCK (not Pastel) Blue   $265   SOLD
Sentinel:white-dot, steel cap, two tone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine 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. The tough 6 colors are in a different league from typical Snork colors. 


Pen 3549  mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $275 SOLD
Mandarin Orange:  Canadian
Valiantwhite-dot, plastic cap, two--tone  gold nib.

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine+ Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Clean pen. While Canadian-made high cachet colors are known, this actually is the first I've owned from among those six colors. Nib and barrel both with Canadian markings. Interesting pen. Nice writer.


Pen 3566 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Vermilion  $95  SOLD
Vacumania's Basement. Barrel flaw

Overall Grade: User**
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Barrel stress cracks
Point:  Fine
Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE$95
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Vermilion  is one of the six colors of high-cachet, probably more scarce than Fiesta and Mandarin.  Vermilion is found only in non-White Dot models. This one  has a number of stress cracks (hairlines, in parallel) running near front of barrel.  Discounted from usual $250+ "excellent" price.


Pen 3601 MF:  Sheaffer flat-end ringtop Gold-filled Metal. Mid 1920's or so.   $175 SOLD
Monster Flex Nib. Fine to BBB

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine-to-BB Flex Imprint: NA Size: 3 1/2"  9.5cm
PRICE: $175
COMMENTS I have healthy respect for and a nice collection of quality metal ring-tops generally dating to late 1910's-1930 or so. They were jewelry items in their day and were meant not just for the ladies (whose dresses lacked pockets) but also for me who wore them in their suits' vest pockets. Amongst the "Big FIve" pen makers and their smaller but still quality competitors, Very nice variants can be found readily from  Sheaffer, Waterman, Wahl and Mabie. Most offered pens of this sort in sterling, gold-filled andn solid gold, with some interesting other choices used on occasion.   Key to the non-solid-metal pens is to find pens free of brassing.  Dings always matter. This one is clean. Ding free. Unbrassed.  Clean unpersonalized cartouche.   No joke, if one likes metal pens, he can build a killer collection by diverse makers at a reasonable cost by embracing  the ring-tops. This one has a very flex nib, with the charming early "Sheaffer Self Filler" imprint


Pen 3477 NB: Sheaffer Oversized Balance ~1933   $450  SOLD
 (Gray with Red Veins). Superb Condition

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Superb Color: Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA Personalized "Nelson Lally"
Point:  Fine+ Imprint: as mint. Size5 1/2 " 14 cm PRICE: $450
COMMENTSLet me start by noting that this is offering is an uncommon one for Vacumania. Oversized Gray/Red Sheaffer Balance pens are notoriously hard to find in superb condition. The plastic is at risk for crazing  for stress lip cracks.  This one pops. Color is excellent, trim is superb, pen packs a mirror finish free of blemishes. No cracks. No crazing.  It is the nicest Gray Pearl (the 1st of Sheaffer's three  colors named Gray Pearl) I've offered for sale and is at least as clean as any example in this color in my personal collection. It would be a $650-700 pen, save that it has been personalized-- quite neatly-- in the barrel as shown in the inset photo. As this is a heat-stamped name, it conceivably can be raised with heat, but I tend not to risk that with pens, and I wouldn't dare do so with this fragile color. I am happy to be able to offer this one. Save $200+ for the name and grab a primo example of this tough color


Pen 3614 M: Sheaffer Balance Sovereign.  $115 SOLD
Slender Full-Length, Gray Pearl Celluloid 1937-1941


Overall Grade:Extra FIne
Metal: ExtraFine
Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point:  F-XF (very smooth) Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14.2cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTS Sheaffer offered pens in three diameters in full length, and when considering different trim levels and allowing for a few years for series evolution, arguably up to 7  full length models.  Sovereign (taking its name in 193*0 is the high-line (white dot) slender variant.  This one  is a quite decent pen offering entry to the series.  Key is that the gray color is well preserved and that trim on the cap is quite clean. Recall my "Silver Pearl" screed...

"Today they are common and often less expensive than other colors. They are all-told in less demand today because the pale color shows celluloid discoloration more than other colors and because unlike gold-filled trim the chrome trim cannot readily be polished once worn or pitted.  My assertion is they are common because back in the day, when clean, they were stunningly lovely pens and thus sold well. They are  uncommon today  in very clean condition "

This one sees excellent color and plating on the cap metal.  Proper two-one gold Lifetime nib.  Nice transparency to the Transometer gripping section. The lever has pitting and scrathcing.  Excellent writer with smooth two-tone Sheaffer Lifetime nib with fine to frankly XF point.


Pen 3612  MF:  Sheaffer Valiant 1941 Military Clip Balance set.  $115 SOLD

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA Plastic:  Scratch by lever
Point: Fine-Med Imprint: Ecx Size: 5 1/4" 13.2cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTS  Introduced at the end of Balance's run, the military clip pens freshened one of the longest running pen series from pendom's golden age.  Valiant is the larger model, with white dot and with Lifetime two-toned nib. A noticeable scrath is present near the lever (It shows in the photo above). Clean nib. Very nice writer with two-tone Sheaffer Lifetime nib, with ultra-smooth upturned "Waverly" style fine-medium point. Pen is excellent save for the noticeable scratch.


Pen 3251 R:  Sheaffer Oversized Balance Set 1929 $525 SOLD
Black and Pearl Celluloid. "1st year/1st style". Excellent color

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Pending Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $525
COMMENTS: For certain pens, "color is everything".  This first style Balance set (yes, just ONE pen, shown in two views, above) has the long humped clip, short cap, short gripping section, flat feed and monotone nib... all correct. Great color with minimal darkening to part of  the cap plastic. The challenges of multiple color spaces being what they are-- getting from camera to monitor-- i believe the pen has just bit more amber than shows above.  A "top 5%" if not better OS Black/Pearl Balance. Specks of brassing at usual spot (edge of clip ball of pen) and bit at very top of clip. You can see in the pics- minimal.

Pen 3599  M: Sheaffer Balance Ebonized Pearl  "Regent$375 SOLD
Off catalogue "Jeweler's" style cap-band on a pen that otherwise is a full size non-white-dot Statesman
One of the most lovely pens I've offered via Vacumania

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine-Med Imprint: nearmint
Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $375
COMMENTS  A glorious pen,  with my apologies if that waxes hyperbolic. It remains uncertain if  it is my friend Pat or I holds the record for largest collection of off-catalogue Balance variants, pens with cap-band tweaks not shown in the numerous company catalogues issued during Balance's 1929-1941 run,  though you can see pens from both collections in the article I put in PENnant Magazine (including the cover shot) this summer, the first to address this niche in Balance collecting. This one dates to 1936 or a bit later. The model would gain a name in 1938 when Sheaffer began naming models. A rare in-box price/model label turned up on ebay a few years ago, the only way we know that an upgraded Statesman became a Regent.   This one is a bit killer. The Ebonized Pearl celluloid (harboring mother-of-pearl chips) is in great shape, with bright iridescence in the chips.  The pen is in great shape, with razor sharp "Sheaffer's.." imprint and with clean unbrassed trim. The extra-wide milled ("Jeweler's" style) cap-band (catalogued pens hd thin smooth bands) is unengraved and unmarked.   I have on similar in my own collection or this would stay with me. A stunner.


Pen 3488 NB: Sheaffer Targa  Classic  $240 SOLD
Laque Cadmium Yellow Colour Palette Swirl

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color: Perfect
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint: NA Size5 3/8 " 13.6 PRICE: $240 SOLD
COMMENTS: A better color/pattern in the full sized Targa series. the finish the result of 14 hand lacquerings. Mint condition.


Pen 3319:  Sheaffer/Levenger Connaisseur  $205 SOLD
Double Broad Semi-Flex nib

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: Nearmint
Point: Broad+  Semi-Flex Imprint: NA Size: 5 5/8" 14 cm
PRICE: $205
COMMENTS3 Some of Levenge Sheaffer re-branded (well, partially) pens for Levenger's store sales. The Connaisseur done for Levenger featured transparent plastics. This one packs a nib probably originally sold as broad, though to my eye it is pushing double broad. Very responsive, it has some true tine separation under pressure, arguing for semi-flex status.  Takes cartridge and converter. Includes Sheaffer converter.


COLOR NIB PRICE
1.  British Racing Green (Opaque). Sheaffer branded. (yes it is green. Pic looks black) Broad Oblique $235 SOLD
2. Merlot (Opaque). Sheaffer branded Broad Stub with hint of Reverse Obl. $235 SOLD
3. Lime Clear (Levenger's).  Medium $215 SOLD
4. Lemon Clear (Levenger's) Broad STUB $245  SOLD
5. Blueberry  Clear (Levenger's) Broad  $230 SOLD
6. Lemon Clear (Levenger's) Broad Oblique $245 SOLD
7. Plum Clear (Levenger's)  Broad $230 SOLD
8. Lichen Clear (Levenger's) Military Clip. Smooth Band (less commonly seen) Broad Stub $245  SOLD
9. Avocado Clear  (Green-Gray) (Levenger's) Military Clip. Smooth Band.  (less commonly seen trim) Broad Stub $245 SOLD
10. Strawberry Clear (Levenger's) Broad $230 SOLD


Pen 2878-S  Sheaffer PFM-V ( Pen For Men 5 ) Black $360 SOLD

Overall Grade:  ExtraFine
Metal:ExtraFine Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  MInt clarity: NA
Point:  XF-F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $360
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  PFM-V was the most expensive trim configuration offered in all colors, with gold-filled cap, gold nib and gold-filled end plate at bottom of pen. No frank dings but bit of roughness to very edge at top of cap.

Pen 3563 mf:  Sheaffer Pen For Men One (PFM-I)  $345  SOLD
Green: 1959-1963. Monster Double Broad Nib

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Double Broad Imprint: Exc Size5 3/8" 13.5cm PRICE: $345
COMMENTS The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  PFM-I has palladium-silver nib and matching white trim. Monster double broad nib, a one-in-a-hundred original point.


Pen 2520 Sheaffer PFM III (Pen For Men 3) Black $295 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Clip Brassing Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  MInt clarity: NA
Point: F-XF Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $295
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  PFM II has gold-filled trim and 14k inlaid nib.  Huge "iridium" on this one, with  broad+ lush line.

Pen 3576 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Crest  $225 SOLD
Black


Overall Grade: Nearmint+
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Mint 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.   Crest has gold-filled cap and two-tone gold "Triumph" nib.

As-mint condition but has met ink. Nice writer.


Pen 3544 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga Black   $295  SOLD
Fully marked Flex-Medium NIb

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Mint
Point:  Flex Med Imprint:  Mint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$295
COMMENTS:   The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Saratoga featured two-tone open-nib and non white dot plastic cap.  Flex nib Snorks are scarce. Note the flex-medium code. Note the lack of a stamped divider line  between yellow and white portions of hte nib. Mint condition. It gets no better.


Pen 3559 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $210 SOLD
Uncommon Accountant (Firm XXF)  Point
Admiral: non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Accountant Imprint: Perfect Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $210
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.  

In nearmint (it has met ink) stickered condition, this Admiral packs an uncommon fully marked Accountant  (ultra fine) point.  The gripping section sticker says just "Extra-Fine" but the "A" code on the nib is the tell.  These don't cause quite the same drama as flex nibs, but they don't turn up often. This is the first "A" nib I've handled.


Pen 3574 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign Buckskin Tan   $340 SOLD
Triple Threat:  Monster Nib (scarce fully marked Fine Flex), Better Color (Buckskin), and mildly uncommon Sovereign model

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine-Flex Imprint:  Mint Size: 55 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$340
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Saratoga featured two-tone open-nib and non white dot plastic cap.  Flex nib Snorks are scarce. Note the flex-fine code. Note the lack of a stamped divider line  between yellow and white portions of the  nib. Mint condition. It gets no better.  The Saratoga is a relatively uncommon model as most steel-cap pens are White Dot. Buckskin is an intermediate-level color

Pen grades full mint, undipped.  Gripping section has a "Fine" (not "Flex Fine") sticker.  Special pen. Water tests smoothly, but never has met ink. Restored and with warranty but may not be returned if inked/dipped barring a missed flaw.


Pen 2538 MF Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel PEACOCK (not Pastel) Blue   $300 SOLD
Clipper:white-dot, steel cap,PdAg nib.

Overall Grade:  Excellent
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Nearmint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$300
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Excellent condition. Smooth Fine Point



Pen 2186 Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper   Fiesta Red  $265  SOLD
Smokey desaturated red not to be confused with Vermilion

Overall Grade: exc
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Smooth Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 5/8"  14cm
PRICE: $265
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib. A top color snork,  Fiesta Red looks like a mildly desaturated Vermilion. Fiesta is one of the 6 high-cachet (and relatively scarce) Snork colors.  The pic turned out a bit orangy, but this one is Fiesta, no worries. Beautiful shape and just serviced by El Zorno.


Pen 3529 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $185 SOLD
Sage Green. Nearmint
Statesman: White Dot Plastic Cap and PdAg "Triumph" nib.


Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Med  Imprint: Nearmint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $185
COMMENTS  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Superb pen with nice medium point

Pen 3550mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant. Buckskin Tan   $105 SOLD

Overall Grade: Excellent**
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine ImprintMissing Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$105
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.

Cosmetically, nearmint, there is no barrel imprint (or cap imprint, as sometimes is found instead).  Clean pen. No evidence of tampering. Might have left factory without imprint. I've discounted it anyway.   A clean user at basement price, fully restored with warranty.


Pen 3575 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Crest  $250 SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint+
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Med  Imprint: Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $250
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. Crest is a better model and Buckskin a better color.  This one is as-mint. After heavy flush I thought I saw a hint of ink. Superb.


Pen 3552 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Pastel Blue  $140 SOLD
Mint Stickered.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  Mint clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Med Imprint:  Mint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE$140
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Fine nib seems quite smooth on water testing of this apparently Mint pen. There is darkening to the nib-grade sticker, but no ink rubs with water, so might be fading vs old ink exposure on handling.


Pen 3541 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel  $145 SOLD
Black. Mint Stickered
Sentinel:white-dot, steel cap, two tone gold nib.


Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Exc 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. Strict mint with no sign of prior inking. Nib water-tests smoothly.


Pen 3578 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $140 (SOLD)
NM Stickered


Overall Grade: NM+
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $140
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.   As-mint but has been dipped. Sticker marked "fine" but point is Fine-XF


Pen 3536 MF Sheaffer "For Your Autograph" Touchdown. 1949-1950  $295
Hallmarked Solid Gold Cap-Trim

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.4cm
PRICE$295
COMMENTS:  The first Touchdowns (vs later Thin Model Touchdown) I've offered in years, a taste of the couple hundred 1940's Sheaffer's heading, eventually, to a huge Vacumania Update, the full Touchdown pen appeared in 1949 in Sheaffer's Forticel injection plastic, replacing the long-running plunger-fill pens.  While these do not have a snorkel tube, they look and feel far more like an oversized Snorkel pen than does  the later Sheaffer Pen For Men which used the snork tube but which had a different shape.  I'm fond of these.   This one has solid gold trim and ran $20 back in the day. A much "better" model.


Pen 3542 Sheaffer Touchdown Stateman, 1949-1950   $195 SOLD
The "fat" (pre TM "Thin Model") Series. Burnt Umber Forticel Plastic.

Overall Grade:Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 1/4" 13.4cm PRICE$195
COMMENTS:  The first Touchdowns (vs later Thin Model Touchdown) I've offered in years, a taste of the couple hundred 1940's Sheaffer's heading, eventually, to a huge Vacumania Update, the full Touchdown pen appeared in 1949 in Sheaffer's Forticel injection plastic, replacing the long-running plunger-fill pens.  While these do not have a snorkel tube, they look and feel far more like an oversized Snorkel pen than does the later Sheaffer Pen For Men which used the snork tube but which had a different shape.

Statesman combined the prior era's non-white-dot open nib Sovereign with prior era's "Triumph" nib Statesman. The open nib is massive relative to the pen.  Clean pen in Burnt Umber (chocolate brown) plastic, with nice fine point. .


Pen 3564 mf:  Sheaffer Touchdown Valiant Tuckaway Green   $120 SOLD

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  XF Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 3/4" 12.5"
PRICE$120
COMMENTS:  The first Touchdowns (vs later Thin Model Touchdown) I've offered in years, a taste of the couple hundred 1940's Sheaffer's heading, eventually, to a huge Vacumania Update, the full Touchdown pen appeared in 1949 in Sheaffer's Forticel injection plastic, replacing the long-running plunger-fill pens.  

 Valiant Tuckaway is full girth with full-length  (clasp clip) cap with short barrel, a squat stubby thing.  All but the blind cap grade near mint, but blind cap has couple light marks.


Pen 3483-R  WASP CLIPPER (sub-brand of Sheaffer)   $220 SOLD
Brown Lahn Celluloid.  
(Clip and cap-band have been replated by Ron Zorn)

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine* Color: Exc
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint: Exc Size5 " 12.9 cm PRICE: $185
COMMENTS: One of my few claims to fame in collectable pendom is being the discoverer of Sheaffer literature identifying the name Lahn for this pattern celluoid, one which has gold-tone metallic threads buried deep in the clear celluloid, hiding under the colored plastic stripes, making for a remarkable visual depth to the plastic.  Found so far only in standard (full girth) size, the weak point is the trim. Whether plated insted of "filled", whether thinner gold-filled than other Sheaffer pens,  or whether in general  found more worn as the pen was inexpensive ($1.25 or so) back in the day and thus was used with more abandon... pens typically are found with clean plastic but worn trim.    Sheaffer sub-brand pens are some of the relatively few pens I will routinely consider for after-market plating, and this one indeed I had done (cap metal) by Ron Zorn.  


Pen 3500 R  Sheaffer Skyboy Military Balance Set  $255 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Excellent
Metal: Excellent Color: Excellent
Nib condition: Excellent
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Medium+ Imprint: Excellent Size5 1/16 " 13 cm PRICE: $255
COMMENTSAs Sheaffer's Balance wound down in 1941, that manufacturer released the last key Balance form, the mlitary-clip pens, done in standard and slender sizes.  Trumpeting an aviation spin, but with no structural differences save for the clip markings, the Skybo pens are far less common than the smooth-clip pens, and are amongst the most desirable of the military Sheaffers.  Service Autograph (solid gold cap-band) and off-catalogue wide-lined "Jeweler's cap-band" pens float  in that lofty zone.   This one includes pen and pencil in  a military-themed  case with red/white/blue internal band and with eagle on the outside.  Sheaffer's warranty and instriuctions are present too.  A neat package. Looks nice in the photo, which was done before Ron Zorn restored the set :)


Pen 3469:  Sheaffer 1920's Gold Filled Pen $270 SOLD
Striped Pattern. Full Size Metal Pen with #3 Nib.

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  NA
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Flex Imprint: Exc Size: 5 " 12.9 cm
PRICE: $270
COMMENTSI'm fond of Sheaffer's flat-top metal pens. Do see a discussion of them, with some killer pictures, over at Fountain Pen Board.

 FPB Metal Sheaffer Discussion

This one is a full size model, 5" long with #3 Sheaffer Self Filler nib that has nice flexibility. Flex nibs generally are not associated with Sheaffer, but they do crop up more frequently amongst the early, "Self Filler" nibs.  In my view pens of this sort are well less common than Waterman and Wahl metal, but I keep open mind on that point.  Most are found in rough shape. This one is not rough.  Note trace edge brassing (from posting) at very butt of pen as is shown in photo. Indicia is smooth and free from personalization. Edges are crisp. Couple pin dings (literally that size) on back of cap.  Far, far better than average for these. 

Pen 2524  Sheaffer Balance Slender set $225 SOLD
Carmine Celluloid. Nearmint Pen. Stickered Mint Pencil.

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: MInt clarity: Superb
Point:  F-M Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTSSlender ($3.50 pen) in popular Carmine Red. Late 1930's. Nearmint in the strictest sense. Dipped maybe filled. Perfect cosmetics. Mint stickered pencil. Gorgeous set.


Pen 3555 mf:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant   $145 SOLD
Pastel Blue
Valiant:  White-dot, plastic cap, Two tone Triumph  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. Fine nib seems quite smooth on water testing


Pen 3293 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. SAGE Green 1950's   $105 SOLD
Special
: Non-White-Dot, Plastic Cap, PdAg Open Nib

Overall Grade: Exc+
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: $105
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Special, whilst the most humble model,  was introduced after the series first appeared, and is seen a bit less frequently than several other models. The nib-code (6) reflects this. This nib is M-6, for medium point on a special. It is nice wet, very smooth writer.  Grand example of Special.

Pen 2979 S Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant. Extra Fine Point $90 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Fine-Xf
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Extra Fine Imprint:  None Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $90
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. Two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. No sign barrel imprint ever present.  No dings. Clean pen with nice point, quite smooth for such a fine line. 

Pen 3537  MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel  $285 SOLD
Periwinkle. Near Mint.
Sentinel:white-dot, steel cap, two tone gold nib.


Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Superb Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Perfect Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $285
COMMENTSThe Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money.  Superb pen. Razor sharp imprint.



Pen 3371   Sheaffer TM Touchdown Sentinel  1951
Green  $150 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $150
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. Plain Green is a holdover from the earlier (fat) Touchdown era. It is not found with Snorkel.


Pen 3553 mf:  Sheaffer PFM III  $295
Black:  Fine Point. 1959-1963

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch Perfect clarity :NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE: $295
COMMENTSThe PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is a PFM III with gold nib and gold filled cap-band.  Clean pen.


Pen 3297 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper. Fiesta Red   $265 SOLD
Clipper: White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, PdAg Triumph (Conical) Nib 
"High Cachet" Color:  Nearmint Stickered.

Overall Grade: NM+
Metal: No Dings Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Med Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Fiesta Red is one of the six "high cachet" colors, though likely the most common amongst htem. Nib properly coded M-4 for medium point in a Clipper.  Upturned classic "Waverley"-style point. No ink on water testing but seems to be  a tint to the "Medium" sticker on gripping section, so I called it "near" mint.


Pen 3261 Sheaffer Snorkel Crest Set-in-Box $175  SOLD
Crest: White Dot, 2-Tone Gold Triumph (conical) Nib, Gold-Filled Cap


Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine* Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $175 
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 quite decent Crest set, this one is kept from full Excellent by a single pin-point ding on back of cap. Easy to miss at first glance, but hey, I like to be meticulous.  Classic Sheaffer "Waverley" upturned point, properly coded "F-5" for fine point in a Crest (not all nibs pack codes, and swaps can give mislabelled nibs). Very smooth writer.

Pen 2861-M  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  $160  SOLD
Sage Green: one of the two intermediate cachet colors

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $160
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib. Sage is a "better" color along with Buckskin, well less common than the... well... common colors. 

Pen 3278 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Signature. Pastel Green  $200 SOLD
Signature
: Solid Gold Cap-band, Plastic Cap, 2-tone Gold Nib
Non-Black Signature Pens are Relatively Scarce.
Very Smooth Extra Fine Point

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: XF Imprint: Extrafine Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $200
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Signature has hallmarked 14-k capband (vs Autograph which has wider gold band and gold clip).  This one has- obviously- a signature on the Signature band ;)

Clean pen. Upturned "Waverley"-style point, typical to Sheaffer Triumph nibs.  Extra Fine points tend to be scratchy. However, this one is quite smooth.

Pen 2492F  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Pastel Blue   $90 SOLD

Overall Grade:Exc+
Metal:Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity:  NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $90
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. Open monotone 14k gold  nib, as expected for this model.

Pen 2981 S  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $105 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Clip Brassing Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  MInt clarity: NA
Point: medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $105 
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. Two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. Smooth medium point

Pen 3284 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. Pastel Green 1950's   $65 SOLD
Sentinel: White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, 2-Tone Gold (Conical) Nib
From Vacumania's Basement

Overall Grade: VG-Fine
Metal: One Ding Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine (nearly XF) Imprint: NONE* Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $65
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Cap has one small ding to right of clip. Barrel lacks imprint (pretty clean barrel- whether never had imprint or was polished away at some point, I cannot say). Writes well and of course fully restored. Figure with the modest ding and missing imprint, I'll toss this one in the  "Basement".

Pen 2494F Sheaffer Snorkel Special  $85 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $85
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 PdAg  nib, as expected for this model. 

Pen 3277 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel. Gray $115  SOLD
Sentinel: White Dot, 2-Tone Cap, 2-Tone Gold Nib.
Early Variant with gold Snorkel Tube


Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's.  This one pops. Probably full mint, no sign of having met ink. Fine point, with the classic upturned Sheaffer "Waverley" point.   The early style gold Snorkel tube (some claim "first year only") adds charm to this one. Fully restored with warranty, but may not be returned for refund if inked/dipped. Slight delay in shipping to further adjust the snorkel tube.

Pen 2985 S  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman.   $160  SOLD
SAGE Green- An Intermediate-Cachet Color

Overall Grade:  ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  MInt clarity: NA
Point: Fine-Med Imprint:  ExtraFine Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $160
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. PdAg Triumph  (conical) nib, as expected for this model.

Pen 3328 R:  Sheaffer Balance Sovereign. Roseglow 1936-1938  $235 SOLD
Lifetime Slender Full Length Model

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-Medium Imprint: Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: Roseglow overwhelmingly is the Balance color of greatest  cachet to curent collectors, and in most forrms is considered the most scarce color. Sovereign is a "long, slender" pen, and at $8.75 with white dot, radius clip, and Lifetime nib, is the highest level model available in this size. Overall clean pen and quite nice writer, it has great color, sharp imprint and nice clarity to the transparent gripping section.  The tip of the clip has the usual smidge of brassing, and there is trace edge brassing to cap-band.

Pen 3336 R:  Sheaffer Balance Full Size "Jeweler's Cap-Band" 1930's $150 SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid
(pen was restored and polished after photo taken)

Overall Grade: Extr Fine
Metal: Exx Color:  NM CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.8cm
PRICE: $150
COMMENTS: The wide-lined so-called "Jeweler's Cap-band" is a well recognized factory-original cap-band for Balance, found in a small percentage of pens. It is uncatalogued and minimally documented by Sheaffer. This one is based on Admiral, a full size non-lifetime model. Nice writer, clean trim. The wide cartouche on the cap-band has not been personalized.

Pen 3452:  Sheaffer Balance Oversized. Carmine. Late 1930's $740 SOLD
Off-Catalogue Up-Cachet "Jeweler's" Style Cap-Band. Superb.

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: NM Color:  Superb
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: F-M Imprint: Superb Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $740
COMMENTS: All Sheaffer catalogues show Balance with smooth single cap-band. A variety of off-catalogue and variably uncommon cap-bands are known. Speculation is that these were made for limited markets, even specific stores.  This one, commonly references as the "Jeweler's Band" features a wide milled single cap-band. Such cap-bands  add significant "oomph" to otherwise similar catalogued variants.  This one pretty well has it all.  Carmine celluloid in superb condition. Hefty oversized pen.  Excellent writer.  It is noted for completeness that the feed is the earlier style flat ladder style. Great writer.  Serious collector's pen.


Pen 3454 R:  Sheaffer Balance Oversized 1936-7  $645 SOLD
Roseglow Celluloid. Plunger-fill

Overall Grade: VG-F
Metal: Fine Color:  As below
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: F-M Imprint: Superb Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $645
COMMENTS: The "ultimate" catalogued plastic Sheaffer, based on current collector convention.  Relatively scarce color with short product run. Differs from the other striated colors as instead of having a black substrate, the dominant fuchsia  rests on silver pearl.  Fully restored the right way by El Zorno, the plunger-fill system should outlast by far any recently restored conventional sac pen.  No "fatal flaws" but fair degree of use has rendered this lower  grade than the typical $1200 excellent example.  As with most of the vac-fill Roseglow pens, the barrel is quite ambered, dark with occasional native stripes showing through. Cap color is great.  Some brassing on trim and clip ball can be seen as is a slight bump in distal clip as seen in the three-view photo above.  


Pen 3451 R:  Sheaffer Balance Standard set. Ebonized Pearl  $255 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Extra Fine.
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: XF-F Imprint: Nearmint Size: 5 3/8"  13.7 cm
PRICE: $255
COMMENTS: Clean set.  Clean trim to pen. Speck of brassing to PENCIL's clip at top.  Pencil with superb color, barrel with slight tint to the green side, better in fact tha pic suggests. Razor sharp manufacturer's imprint.  Not certain this is a matching set (should the pencil have a ring for this model?), but the pencil is tossed in gratis, so no harm there.


Pen 3467 NB:  Sheaffer Balance Statesman (Standard)  Set $260 SOLD
Nearmint/Mint in Box.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Superb Color:  Superb
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: Superb (grip)
Point: Fine Imprint: Perfect Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $260
COMMENTS: High Line (White Dot/Lifetime) set in 2nd largest size in frankly stunning shape. Pen has remnant of circular sticker consistent with Sheaffer price sticker from that era. This one lets one see why these sold so well. Crisp all around. One of the cleanest full size Balances I've  handled.  Full one year function warranty applies, but may not be returned if inked or dipped.


Pen 1677 Sheaffer Balance Pencil in Roseglow Celluloid   $85 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Excellent
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA Mechanism:  Perfect  Transparency:  NA Plastic: couple tiny flea bites
Point: NA
Imprint:   Perfect Size:  4 3/4" PRICE: $85 
COMMENTS:   Excellent short  Roseglow pencil, a match for either the $8.75 Lifetime pen or $5 Feathertouch. For the collector of the Sheaffer color packing the highest cachet with modern collectors. 


Pen 3349:  Sheaffer WASP Vacuum-Fil 1936 $190 SOLD
"Screaming Souls in Purgatory" Plastic Green

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $190
COMMENTS: A desirable pattern in this series of Sheaffer sub-brand pens, the "Screamer" (named by collectors for the abstract gaping mouths is the miasma) has more fragile trim than is found on Sheaffers, proper. Thus most are found brassed, even with clean plastic. This one is not brassed. Color is even with no fluorescence or crazing. Great example.


Pen 3120  Sheaffer Balance Standard DEMONSTRATOR $775 SOLD
A Scarce and Un-catalogued Variant. Nib Somewhat Flexible

Overall Grade: Extra-Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Extra-Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Flex Imprint: Exc Size: 5 3/8  13.3
PRICE: $775
COMMENTS: Yeah, yeah... here's the screed. In the seven years since I first encountered the clear-green Standard Demo, I've seen maybe 4-5 total; the Demo is grossly more rare than any of the catalogued colors.  The oversized Demo carries a yellow tint; standard size is green. All i've seen in green carry mid-1930's trim/imprint. Like most of these, this has internal stress marks at either end, likely reflecting underlying manufacturing process (even colored pens often show stress marks at tips, when examined via loupe).  This one has nice color,with ambering only at cap tip. Imprint is sharp. Threads are clean. Trim is clean.

Pen 3008-S  Sheaffer Balance Oversized   $245  SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid 1936-1941

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perf clarity: NA
Point: Full Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 9/16th" 13.7 cm
PRICE: $245 
COMMENTS: Big honkin'  Balance with plump medium two tone Sheaffer Lifetime nib.

Pen 2884-S  Sheaffer Balance Long Standard $135 SOLD
Jet Black celluloid

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:  NA
Point: F-M Imprint:Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $135
COMMENTS:  Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. The number of variants gives Vacumatic a run for the money. This one is a full size (long standard) non-white dot pen with correct Sheaffer Feather Touch two tone nib. Clean all around. Quite a nice writer. 

Pen 3061 JB  Sheaffer Balance  Slender Standard  SIlver Pearl $115  SOLD
Wide Milled Cap-band. An Uncatalogued, Relatively Scarce Variant. Clean.


Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity:  NA Plastic: Fine
Point:  Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc Size:  5 3/8" 13.5 cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTSBalance sees the second greatest prevalence in my personal collection, following Vacumatic. As with Vacumatic, its long production run and success allowed for some relatively unusual and uncatalogued variants. Silver Pearl pens from the 1930's (Parker, Sheaffer and Waterman) often suffer relative to other colors, as the plastic shows ambering more readily than do more highly pigmented colors, and that "white" trim once worn cannot be readily polished as can be the gold-filled trim of other colors.  Clean Silver Pearl pens thus command some degree of extra cachet. This one is... a decent example of the uncatalogued "Jeweler's Band" pen in Grey Pearl> Color is excellent. Cap trim is pretty much excellent too. The lever however is somewhat pitted.  Smooth F-M point.

Pen 3368  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Set. Late 1950's Periwinkle  $325  SOLD
Sentinel: Metal, White Dot Cap. Conical Gold Two-Tone Nib

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:  NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $325
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.  Periwinkle (not to be confused with PASTEL) blue is one of the top 6 colors, grossly more scarce than the basic colors, and Periwinkle is near the high end of that group. Clean set

Pen 3373   Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper. Late 1950's Periwinkle  $240 SOLD
Clipper: White Dot Metal Cap. Conical PdAg nib. 

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: MediumSmooth Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.3cm
PRICE: $240
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.  Periwinkle (not to be confused with PASTEL) blue is one of the top 6 colors, grossly more scarce than the basic colors, and Periwinkle is near the high end of that group.  Imprint is complete but a bit light. Single small scratch by imprint. 


Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $215 SOLD
Buckskin Tan (pink)- An "Intermediate" Color
Statesman: White Dot, Plastic Cap, PdAg Conical "Triumph" Nib

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: ExtraFine Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $215
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.

Clean pen with excellent metal and clean plastic. Imprint fully legible but not nearmint sharp. Extremely smooth medium point, with the Triumph nib featuring that "Waverley"-type upturned point, and correctly marked M-4 (for medium point in a Statesman).

Pen 2004 Sheaffer Snorkel Special Pastel Blue 1950's   $80   SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA PlasticExc
Point:  F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $80 
COMMENTS:  Nice Basic Snork. The Special looks just like admiral at first peek- plastic cap and non-white dot. But this late appearing Snorkel model features an open white PdAg nib, unlike the Admiral. Responsive fine point nib.

Pen 2519  Sheaffer PFM II (Pen For Men 2) Burgundy $315 SOLD
Broad-Double Broad "Monster" Nib

Overall Grade:  ExtraFine
Metal:Extra Fine Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  Perfect clarity:  NA
Point:  Broad+ Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $315 
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is the "II" featuring white metal cap and PdAg nib. Recently I encountered some info to explain why the II is well less commong than III; it seems it was produced for a well shorter run.

This one has a most uncommon plump ball-like Broad+ Point.  Clean pen with light wear to cap, which still shows respectable original frost.

Pen 1869 Sheaffer PFM I Snorkel Filler in Jet Black
Outrageous Broad-Double Broad nib.  $325 SOLD
Monster Nib Alert

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Clutch  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  B-BB Imprint:  perfect Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $325 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 for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. Indeed, A black PFM II that i once had on the site for sale, became my regular user at work and has been so now for probably a year.  The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.

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his one is a PFM I-  with the expected white trim and PdAg nib. It also has one of the quite small number of Broad+ nibs i've seen in this series.  Broad- Double Broad range, the ball shaped iridium writes a monster line. Scarce nib.

Pen 3279  MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. Gray  $175 SOLD
Crest: White Dot; Gold-Filled Cap; 2-Tone Gold Triumph (conical) Nib

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: No Dings Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:
Point: Fine-XF Imprint: Fine Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $175
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Crest is an upscale model, featuring a gold-filled cap. Overall clean pen with bit of wear to imprint. Very fine point, marked as "fine"  but to my eye bordering extra fine. I might not be able to ship this until mid-June as I wish to get the quite fine point just a bit more smooth. If that is not a concern, I can ship more quickly.

Pen 3309 -R:  Sheaffer Snorkel CLIPPER Burgundy $ Not Inexpensive $
Clipper: White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, Pd-AgTriumph (Conical) Nib
NOT FOR SALE: Just for show (ing off)
Rare fully marked FLEXIBLE STUB Triumph Nib (FS-4 Code)

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Exc
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:
Point: Flexible Stub (Broad) Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Yeah, this one is not for sale- at least not for awhile. I wish to use it for a few months and to savor the point both for writing and for rarity/cachet.  Triumph nibs were very rarely made with true flex, more rarely still found with appropriate nib code, never mind finding both in a broad stub. While i dislike (sort of dislike, anyway) extravagant guessing games, I would venture the guess that marked Flex Triumph Snork nibs (never mind in Stub) are seen on order of 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000 nibs. Maybe more rare. But, maybe not... go prove all this, right?

Collectors hunt scarce and desirable pen models, and user-oriented hobbbyists hunt neat points.  On vintage writing instruments during recent years the two types of hobbyist have found overlap in rare variant nibs, making exotic points on old pens highly sought items, indeed. I recently picked up two properly code-marked Flex Triumph nibs. Had pen friend and restorer El Zorno fit them to two basic color pens in decent condition. I could put the nibs into better color pens, but don't want drive value to a rediculous point. As it is these two nibs in regular Snorks will price at or above the "high cachet" colors with normal nibs.  I just figured, since this is a Snork update, you might like seeing an amazingly scarce Snorkel nib.

Pen 2588 Sheaffer Imperial  SET  $295 SOLD
14k Gold-Filled pen in Diamond/Rhomboid Pattern. Oblique Broad Nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  ExtraFine CLICK FOR Larger Pic
Nib condition: Exc 
Clutch: perfect clarity:    NA
PointOblique Broad Imprint:  NM Size5 1/4" 13.2 cm PRICE: $295 SOLD
COMMENTS: I've actually found more of these in Sterling than in gold tone.  Guessing this dates to 1970's. That it is gold filled  (vs gold plated) indicates earlier production, though I don't insist. Very clean elegant pen.

Pen 2603 Sheaffer Targa. Laque Amber Moire Classic $375 SOLD
Mint New Old Stock BROAD STUB NIB. A Scarce Targa


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Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch: Mint clarity:  NA
Point:  Broad Stub Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $375
COMMENTSClear Laque (enamel) on guilloche.  Reportedly hand-laquered 14 coats. Deep lustre poorly captured in my photo. One of most beautiful Targas (or near modern pens in general) i've had the pleasure to handle. I grabbed one of the last trays of NOS (pre-NOS really) from a Sheaffer rep. Two pens were promptly claimed at the Syracuse Pen Club meeting. Ask Al Besser or Jerry Fine how they like the pens :)  I have a couple amber pens left.  Oh yeah, the mint pen is fitted with a sweet broad stub nib. Converter included.

Pen 2604 Sheaffer Targa. Laque Emerald Moire Classic $375 SOLD
Mint New Old Stock BROAD STUB NIB. A Scarce Targa

Overall Grade: mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Mint clarity: NA
Point: Broad Stub Imprint: NA Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $375
COMMENTS:  Clear Laque (enamel) on guilloche.  Reportedly hand-laquered 14 coats. Deep lustre poorly captured in my photo. One of most beautiful Targas (or near modern pens in general) i've had the pleasure to handle. I grabbed one of the last trays of NOS (pre-NOS really) from a Sheaffer rep. Two pens were promptly claimed at the Syracuse Pen Club meeting. Ask Al Besser or Jerry Fine how they like the pens :)  I have a couple greens left. Oh yeah, the mint pen is fitted with a sweet broad stub nib. Converter included.

Pen 2609 Sheaffer Targa Slimline Lame Pattern. Gold Plated  $240 SOLD
 Mint NOS. Broad Stub Nib

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch: Mint clarity: NA
PointBroad Stub Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $240
COMMENTS: The gold-plated Lame pattern features a faceted cap-band. This one has been fitted with a Broad Stub Nib. Mint. New Old Stock. Converter included. Mid 1980's 

Pen 2612 and 2613  Sheaffer Targa Slimline Model 676S  $265 SOLD
 The Feather Pattern. Mint NOS.  A scarce Targa. Broad Stub Nib 

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Mint clarity: NA
PointMONSTER NIB  Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $265
COMMENTSSharp 3-D surfact pattern really catches the light. Mint New Old Stock. Fitted with Broad Stub nib. I have two of these in stock.

Pen 2500 Sheaffer Targa  $175 SOLD
Gold Electroplated. Lined Pattern

Overall Grade:Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch:  Perfect clarity:  NA
Point: Med Imprint:  NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $175
COMMENTS:  Superb condition. Responsive Medium nib.

Pen 2501 Sheaffer Slender Targa Regency  $215 SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch:  Perfect clarity
Point: Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $215 
COMMENTSA not-so-common pattern mixing clusters of gold-tone lines with black enamel.  Slender Targa is well less common than standard size. I'm told the slender converter is not so easy to grab either; this one includes the converter. Smooth lush writer.

Pen 3335:  Sheaffer Imperial 1970's $285 SOLD
Gold Plated "Diamond Zig-Zag" Pattern.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-Med Imprint: NA Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $285
COMMENTS
COMMENTSThe metal Imperials are quite upscale variants of the humble plastic pens first introduced in the early 1960's. Most of these fancy variants date to 1970's-1980s. This one is called "diamond pattern" at one website, and the lines do form diamonds here and there, though this should not be confused with the far more common black-lined diamond "grid" pattern.  Very smooth  and responsive fine-medium point. cartridge-converter fill, with converter included.

Pen 3325:  Sheaffer Imperial $180 SOLD
 Gold-Plated diamond-grid pattern. Fine-Medium smooth point

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: XF Color: NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  Exc clarity: NA
Point: F-M responsive Imprint: NA Size: 5 1/4" 13.2 cm
PRICE: $180
COMMENTSThe metal Imperials are quite upscale variants of the humble plastic pens first introduced in the early 1960's. Most of these fancy variants date to 1970's-1980s. This one has some light scratches at the cap-lip. Very smooth  and responsive fine-ish point. Includes Sheaffer converter.

Pen 3338:  Sheaffer Flat-End Lifetime. 1930's $85 SOLD
 Jade celluloid with great color. "Late Production Piece"
Vacumania's Basement. Sealed hairline crack in cap-lip

Overall Grade: User Grade*
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA Plastic: scattered marks
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 4 1/2" 11.5 cm
PRICE: $85
COMMENTS: One of those "Excellent except for..." tradgedies.  Great color and trim, but has a hairline in the cap lip that was sealed, leaving a bit of a flat spot on the cap-lip. This is a significant value issue for collectable pens. There are scattered light marks at very top and bottom of pen.  I sell excellent pens at this level of color preservation in the $175-225 range. This one packs the eye appeal at more "usable" price.

Pen 3199 -JB:  Sheaffer Flat-Top Lifetime Short-Standard size SOLD
Uncatalogued Late Production Piece. Superb Jade  $210

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size 4 1/2 " 11.4 cm PRICE: $210
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer was the first of the "Big- 4" to embrace celluloid, introducing pendom to green plastic pens.  Last illustrated in the 1929 Sheaffer catalogue that introduced Balance, modern research has shown that Sheaffer continued to manufacture the venerable flat-topped pens through at least the late 1930's, maybe later still.  This is one such pen, showing the blue-tinged Jade celluloid that we believe to be more stable than earlier shades, this pen also packs the low-set "humped" clip and the return of the single cap-band.  Great color. Tad of darkening at the threads. 

Pen 3207  JB: Sheaffer Balance Oversized  1935-1936 $485  SOLD
Ebonized Pearl Celluloid

Overall Grade: Extra-Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Extra-Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/2"  14cm
PRICE: $485
COMMENTS: Not much to say. The largest Ebonized Pearl Balance, final style with "radius" clip.  Just a few mm of brassing on one part of cap-band. Nice color, not perfect but better than most. Clean two-tone "Waverly" (upturned) nib smooooth medium-ish point. Sharp imprint. Clean Plastic. Nice pen.

Pen 3258 R:  Sheaffer 3-25 Coral (straight orange) Celluloid  $175 SOLD
Short  Model with Clip


Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc+ Color:  Exc
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: XF Imprint: Exc+ Size: 4 1/2" 11.5cm
PRICE: $175
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer introduced celluloid to pen making before Parker, but perhaps fearing the shadow of Duofold tended not to emphasize orange pens.  Still, they were made and catalogued.   This one is the standard girth (as are all catalogued orange plastic Sheaffers) short, clip model. This one pops. Clean pen with great trim, imprint, and plastic. Probably better than the one in my own collection, but what the heck... it's in the sales pile so I will let it go ;)  Very fine point, quite smooth for this degree of fineness.

Pen 3164 -NB  Sheaffer "Truncated Balance" non-Balance Jr. $140 SOLD
Gray-with-Red-Veins Celluloid. Lever Filler ~ 1934-1935

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 1/2" 11.5 cm
PRICE: $140
COMMENTSFor year (or two... or three?) prior to the appearance of a true Balance Junior (with chrome trim, clip marked "Jr", "Jr" nib, etc), Sheaffer produced a non-Balance Junior. Not quite a flat-top the ends have taper that looks as if they were made from chopped Balance stock.  I've seen them in Black, possibly  Blue "marble",  Gray-with-Red-Vens, and Gray-Black.  Black and Grey-Black can be found as wire-pens (plunger filler) too.  Humble pens costing about $2.75 back in the day, they are not so prevalent now, and are hard to find clean, what with a couple of "sensitive" celluloid colors and that chrome trim> This one is well better than average. Nice color. Clean clip. Bit of brassing to cap-band.  Nib with more flex than found on most Sheaffers.

Pen 3100 R  Sheaffer Balance Standard (5-30) Set ~1929  $250 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: fine-med  Imprint: Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE: $250
COMMENTS Following the Parker Vacumatic, Sheaffer Balance sees the largest representation in my own collection. Those two series targetted similar markets during the 1930's and were in fierce competition.  This is an early set, with "first style" features. Unlike later years in which Lifetime and non-Lifetime models would have the same contour, the early non-White Dot pens (5-30 and slender 3-25) had slightly shorter barrels than did the White Dot pens.  This one has the long humped clip and short gripping section that mark early pens. Color is excellent, better than most, with slight ambering to parts of the pen barrel. Probably did so well as it had a broken nib and might have been rendered unusable early on. Ron Zorn fitted it with a proper "5-30" nib from my stock and adjusted it for smooth excellent writing, with a fine-medium point.  Pen grades full excellent. Pencil is relatively clean but the pearl panel just above the clip does show a bit of internal separation (gives bit of texture to just that 1/4" panel). Great pen.

 Pen 3069 R.  Sheaffer Balance Oversized 1929  $685 SOLD
First style Extra Long. Jade Celluloid with Superb Color Preservation.

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: Superb Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Extx
Threads: Perfect clarity: n/a
Point: Med  Imprint:  Superb Size: 5 3/4" 14.4 cm
PRICE: $685
COMMENTSWhere to start?  One of the best five OS Jade pens I've handled in ten years. Part of a pair recently acquired.  This one has all correct early style elements, including short non-streamlined section, and monotone nib.  This pair matches the pen I've had in my personal collection for 7 years. Clear Sac has been placed for color preservation. As the pic shows, the distal half inch or so shows only excellent instead of "staggering" color. Go figure.

Pen 3122 -S Sheaffer Balance Oversized.  1936-1941  $395 SOLD
Golden Pearl Celluloid. Unusual Pattern to Cap Plastic

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfet clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $395
COMMENTS: Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. This 1930's series fit a similar niche to Parker's Vacumatic. With long production period and wide range of price points, with catalogued and un-catalogue variants, one can pursue a huge range of variants.  Oversized pens have grown more difficult to find of late. This one is a very clean brown striper. The striated plastic dates to 1936-41, though we believe that the 1000-imprint appeared after a year or more of production.  This one has a neat finding, a skewed helical flavor to the cap-plastic. Probably a batch variant, the variegation  at top suggest the plastic used in the blind cap of some of  the plunger-fill  pens.  Quite appealing, to my eye.

Very smooth medium wet line. Clean pen. Great writer. Funky variant plastic.

Pen 3190 -R   Sheaffer Balance Oversized  $675 SOLD
Carmine Celluloid. Smooth Wet Med+ Point

Overall Grade:  Exc+
Metal: Exc+ Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect Section Clarity: Mild
Point: Med+ Imprint:  Exc+ Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $675
COMMENTSBalance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. This 1930's series fit a similar niche to Parker's Vacumatic. With long production period and wide range of price points, with catalogued and un-catalogue variants, one can pursue a huge range of variants.  Oversized pens have grown more difficult to find of late. Carmine is considered a "better" color. This one is a primo example with clean plastic, trim and imprint. Superb two tone nib writing a medium+ smooth wet line. 

Pen 2348R Sheaffer Balance Oversize Autograph $325 SOLD
Solid 14k hallmarked Clip and Cap-band.

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: No Dings Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:    NA
Point: XF-F Smooth Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $325 
COMMENTS:  Sorry for the dust in the picture. This photo shoot was a bit rushed ;)  Sheaffer during the 1930's catalogued and sold far more solid gold trim pens than did other major manufacturers.  The pens we lump under "Autograph" in general packed solid 14k hallmarked clip and cap band (not lever).   This one writes a smooth fine-medium point. The metal is clean. The plastic has scattered quite superficial use marks, and minimal scratches. There is slight notch at edge of lever slot.

Pen 3271  -MF: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  Set Nearmint-in-Box  $340 SOLD
Fiesta Red:  A "High-Cachet" Color
Clipper:  White Dot, 2-tone Metal Cap, Pd-Ag Conical (Triumph) Nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  Perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Imprint: Perfect Size 5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $340
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib.

Superb set. Pencil is mint. Pen essentially mint-dipped (strict nearmint). Pencil has price tag. Pen still with "Fine" nib-grade sticker on gripping section. Nib marked "F-4" correct code for fine point on a Clipper. Smooth fine nib with classic Sheaffer "Waverley" upturned point.

Pen 3233 JB:  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. SAGE Green 1950's   $190 SOLD
Admiral= non-white-dot, plastic cap, monotone gold nib.
Less common variant with imprint on cap instead of barrel

Overall Grade: Exc-NM
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Med+ Semi-Flex 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. Sage green is a color of "intermediate cachet", far more scarce than Pastel Green. This late version has  cap imprint instead of barrel imprint and  has matching gripping section. Oh yeah, the nib is medium and responsive bordering on semi-flex. Bit of pressure pushes the line to the med-broad/broad zone.  Great writer. Clean pens. 

Pen 2978 S  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $95 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc 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. Two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. Fine Point

Pen 3291 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Pastel Blue  $105 SOLD
Statesman: White Dot, Plastic Cap. Pd-Ag Conical (Triumph) Nib

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Ultra-Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $105
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Clean Pastel Green with ultra-fine (accountant?) point.

Pen 3237:  Sheaffer Balance Lady Autograph (or sumthin)  $150 SOLD
Solid Gold Trim. Black Celluloid. Unrestored.

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size
PRICE: $150
COMMENTS: Ladies' Autograph. Not so common. Fully hallmarked solid 14k cap-band and clip.  Traded to that Balance guy in NJ

Pen 3241: Sheaffer Balance  $140 SOLD
Anomalous/uncatalogued Variant.
White Dot, yet thin cap-band and flat-ball (not Radius) clip, with unimprinted clip

Overall Grade: VG
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: VG clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/4
PRICE: $140
COMMENTS: Bit of a bizarre variant. Sheaffer produced three tiers of pens in the long slender size. This one mixes cap trim features. It has the flat-ball gold-filled  clip usually seen in the third tier pens, and has the thin band to go with that. BUT,  while the third tier pens have "Sheaffer's" stamped in clip (unlike high line radius clip pens) and of course are not "white-dot", this pen has the white dot and an unimprinted clip.   Unrestored. Cockeyed cap (barrel a bit off, I suspect).  Traded to a Sheaffer collector in NJ.

Pen 3253 R:  Sheaffer 3-25 Flat-Top Coral (orange) Celluloid 1930+  $185 SOLD
 Uncatalogued size and late-style uncatalogued trim in addition.

Overall Grade: VG-Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: ~ 4 1/3"
PRICE: $185 SOLD
COMMENTS: When, a mere year or so ago, in my casual pursuit of orange "Flat Top" Sheaffers, I began to encounter (uncatalogued) slender pens, I met some measure of disbelief from some of my Sheaffer-oriented pen friends who had not seen such a critter, knew it was not catalogued, and doubted I had correctly identified the pen. Since then, he has come around to a proper worldview, though ;)  The catalogues we have show only standard-girth orange plastic pens.  SInce my first find I've tracked down 5 variants: long and short clip pens with both typical high-riding 1920's catalogue-style clips (like this pen, though of course not catalogued as Slender), long and short clip pens with the low-riding post-catalogue-era "1930's" styling, and... a ringtop. This one has the later style low-set pen. Trim clean. Light toothies to both ends.

Pen 3189 -J  Sheaffer Balance Oversized 1936-41 $565 SOLD
Carmine Celluloid. Smooth wet Med+ 



Overall Grade:  Nearmint**
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: *slightly short* Section Clarity: Nearmint

Point: Extra Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"  14 cm
PRICE: $565
COMMENTSBalance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. This 1930's series fit a similar niche to Parker's Vacumatic. With long production period and wide range of price points, with catalogued and un-catalogue variants, one can pursue a huge range of variants.  Oversized pens have grown more difficult to find of late.

Carmine is considered a "better" color. This one "pops", with clean trim, superb plastic, as-mint gripping section,  and superb two-tone nib with XF point.  The only caveat is that the threads on this one are bit shorter than found on most of my other Balances. There is pen-to-pen variation on old pens like this, but this one caught my eye (on the other hand, having shown this pen to 20 pen friends... no one else spotted it before I pointed it out).  The cap closes perfectly. There is no sense of "short throw" to the cap closure.  This likely is as original, but I must keep open mind on such things. I've knocked price down >$100  in view of this finding. The pen overall is as clean as the one that's resided in my own collection the last five years.


Pen 2992-S  Sheaffer Balance Standard. Marine Green Celluloid ~1934+  $230 SOLD
Superb Color

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  F-M Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $230
COMMENTSGorgeous Balance full size (not OS) likely late-ish production piece with seamed celluloid and (as often is the case with late versions of "early" colors) packing superb color. Bright green mottling. Speckling of brassing to lever.

Pen 3306 NB:  Sheaffer TM Touchdown  $235  SOLD
Point of Sale/Demonstrator Pen (fully functional)
"Sheaffer Rule of Four": Four Reasons to buy TM Touchdown
Five Images of Single Pen

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity
Point Imprint: Per Below Size: 5 1/4" 13.4cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: Thin Model (TD) Touchdown served as a year-long bridge between 1949-1950 "fat" Touchdown and  the 1952-9  Snorkel. It looks like slightly short-barrel Snork with trim/nib/color differences from that later pen.  This point-of-sale item (a Demo of sorts, and likely- though I lack proof- not intended for sale) cited four good features of the new pen. I've handled about four or five of these all told and have seen a few others out and about.  A high-cachet item no doubt from the brief production run of TM Touchdown.  Clean pen with sharp manufacturer's imprint and clean cap. The gold lettering for the "Rule of Four" overall is strong, though not mint. DO NOT POLISH THE BARREL on this pen, or the lettering will vanish.

Pen 3272 -MF:  Sheaffer TM-Touchdown Sentinel Burgundy 1951  $180 SOLD
Sentinel
:  White Dot, 2-tone Metal Cap, 2-Tone Gold Conical (Triumph) Nib.
Nearmint Stickered


Overall Grade: Nearmint+
Metal: Perfect Color: Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine to Fine-Med Imprint: Nearmint Size: 5 1/4" 13.4cm
PRICE: $180
COMMENTS: Manufactured just a year before being supplanted by Snorkel, Thin Model  Touchdown is well more scarce, and has some structural and style differences from Snorkel.  Quite clean example. Nice transparency to the celluloid gripping section (not found on Snorkel). Nib fine to fine-medium. Pen has price tag and remnant of nib-grade sticker on gripping section. Great example.

Pen 3272 -MF:  Sheaffer TM-Touchdown Burgundy 1950's   $95 SOLD
Sentinel
:  White Dot, 2-tone Metal Cap, 2-Tone Gold Conical (Triumph) Nib.

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med+  Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.4cm
PRICE: $95
COMMENTSManufactured just a year before being supplanted by Snorkel, Thin Model  Touchdown is well more scarce, and has some structural and style differences from Snorkel. A nice usable example, this one has a small (couple mm) shallow cap ding, hard to see at first peek. There is bit of barrel swell at back of barrel, not uncommon to these. Nice writer with a Medium+ point and wet line.

Pen 3292 MF:  Sheaffer TM Touchdown Valiant Green   $160 SOLD
Valiant: 
White-dot, plastic cap, 2-tone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-XF Imprint: NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $160
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.  This one is... Green. NOT Pastel, Sage or Fern Green. Just... Green.   Superb clarity to the clear portion of the celluloid gripipng section (something not found on Snorkel). Nearmint condition.

Pen 2597   Sheaffer TM Touchdown SIGNATURE 
Jet Black. Solid 14k Hallmarked Cap-Ring  $150 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: MediumSmooth Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.3cm
PRICE: $150
COMMENTS:  Thin Model Touchdown preceded the introduction of the Snorkel. Manufactured just one year it is well more scarce than Snorkel, which resembles it.  TM Touchdown Signature is more scarce still, which is no surprise, featuring solid gold cap-ring.

This one writes a nice smooth medium  line with the expected two tone conical (Triumph) nib.. Pens with solid gold cap-bands are well less common than the average Snork. The cap-ring has been engraved (as are most SIgnature and Autograph pens out there).

Pen 3286 MF:  Sheaffer PFM II (Pen for Men 2)   $115 SOLD
From Vacumania's Basement: Has a Barrel Crack (sealed)

Overall Grade: User
Metal: Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch: Fine clarity: NA
Point: Med+  Imprint: NA Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTS: The "Fat Snorkel Filler" intro'd 1959 as Snorkel, proper, was phasing out. Popular with collectors, this series premiered Sheaffer's inlaid nib. This one is  superb writer with medium wet line, but has a crack in back of barrel that was sealed before I bought it. Cap has light ding at very top.  Priced, i suspect, below parts given the excellent nib, ok cap, spring,  blind-cap etc.  A PFM you won't mind tossing about at work.

Pen 3288 MF:  Sheaffer PFM I (Pen For Men 1) Blue 1959-63   $280 SOLD
PFM I: Pd Ag nib, Plastic Cap, "White" Trim
Nearmint with Chalk Marks

Overall Grade: NM
Metal: NM Color:  NM CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: NM Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE: $280
COMMENTSThe "Fat Snorkel Filler" intro'd 1959 as Snorkel, proper, was phasing out. Popular with collectors, this series premiered Sheaffer's inlaid nib. Great example in near mint condition still with original chalk-marks visible on barrel. Nice writer.

Pen 3308 -R:  Sheaffer Snorkel Triumph $280 SOLD
Triumph: Gold Filled Cap and Barrel,  2-Tone Gold Triumph (Conical) Nib
Nearmint, Stickered.

Overall Grade: Mint/Dipped (nearmint)
Metal: Perfect Color: NA
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: FINE Imprint: NA Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $280
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. "Triumph" (not to be confused with the conical Sheaffer nib to bear that name) is a high end Snorkel model, featuring, obviously- all gold-filled cap/barrel. The pattern is different from that found on the Crest gold-filled cap, so correct swaps cannot be done in case of problem pens.  The Triumph cost more in the day than even the solid-gold-band Signature and possibly Autograph models. Most suffer dings, particularly at cap-top. This one is nearmint (stickered), in the strictest sense of the word, having no flaws, but having met ink (some call "mint, filled"). I suppose if I swapped the section assembly and guts from a bland pen with mint guts, I could "turn" this into true mint,  but I'm pretty well fried from the many hours putting this Snorkel update together, so it goes as it is.   One of the best I've seen for Triumph. 

Pen 3275 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Crest: Black  $180 SOLD
Crest
: White Dot; Gold-Filled Cap; 2-Tone Gold Triumph (conical) Nib
Early Style with Gold Snorkel Tube. Medium-Broad Point

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: No Dings Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med-Broad Imprint: ExtraFine Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $180
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's.  Crest was a high-end model. Early style (some say, "first year") with gold snorkel tube. Clean black pen with ding-free cap.  To my eye the iridium looks "medium", but due to adjustment of tines and inkflow clearly is writing a nearly full-broad line.

Pen 3310 -R:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper. Pastel Green $ SOLD
Clipper: White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, 2-Tone PdAg(Conical) Nib
Rare fully marked FLEXIBLE Extra Fine Triumph Nib (FX-4 Code)

Overall Grade: Exc-NM
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:
Point: FLEXIBLE EXTRA FINE Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $On Hold
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. This one is for sale (unlike the Stub) but is on hold at the moment for a collector "want list".  Triumph nibs were very rarely made with true flex, more rarely still found with appropriate nib code.  While i dislike (sort of dislike, anyway) extravagant guessing games, I would venture the guess that marked Flex Triumph Snork nibs are seen on order of 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000 nibs. Maybe more rare. But, maybe not... go prove all this, right?

Collectors hunt scarce and desirable pen models, and user-oriented hobbbyists hunt neat points.  On vintage writing instruments during recent years the two types of hobbyist have found overlap in rare variant nibs, making exotic points on old pens highly sought items, indeed, since the vast majority of points found are simple firm fine and to lesser extent firm medium.  I recently picked up two properly code-marked Flex Triumph nibs. Had pen friend and restorer El Zorno fit them to two basic color pens in decent condition. I could put the nibs into better color pens, but don't want to drive value to a rediculous point. As it is these two nibs in regular Snorks will price at or above the "high cachet" colors with normal nibs. The Stub I'm keeping for a bit. The Extra Fine I will let go. It is on hold at the moment, indeed pending a retweak of nib/feed as the ink flow does not want to keep up with the point.  Still, an uncommon nib worth a peek. Should the sale not complete (doubtful) I will add a price to this one in week or so.

Pen 3262 -MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Set-in--Box   $330 SOLD
PEACOCK
SENTINEL:  White Dot; Two Tone Metal Cap; Conical (Triumph) 2-Tone Gold Nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint Pen
Metal: No Dings Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: NM 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Medium Imprint:  NM Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $330
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.  PEACOCK (not to be confused with PASTEL) blue is one of the top 6 colors, grossly more scarce than the basic colors, I find it more uncommon than Fiesta and Mandarin as well.

The pen grades nearmint, and has the classic upturned "Waverley" type point which is a smooth medium properly coded M-5.  The pencil grades excellent.  Lovely set and great writer in a much "better" color.

Pen 3299 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel.   $275 SOLD
Valiant: White Dot, Plastic Cap, 2-Tone Gold Triumph (Conical) Nib 
PEACOCK: One of the High-Cachet Colors

Overall Grade: Nearmint+
Metal: NM Color:  NM CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity:
Point: Med Imprint: NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Peacock is one of the six "high cachet" colors.  Nib properly coded M-5 for medium point in a Sentinel.  Upturned classic "Waverley"-style point. Essentially mint save for wisp of ink when water tested Has  "medium" nib-grade sticker on gripping section. Superb pen in color considered more challenging to find than Mandarin, Fiesta and Vermillion.

Pen 3304 -NB:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant   $270 SOLD
Valiant: White Dot, Plastic Cap, 2-Tone Gold Triumph (Conical) Nib 
PEACOCK: One of the High-Cachet Colors. Nearmint.

Overall Grade: NM
Metal: NM Color: Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $270
COMMENTSSnorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Peacock is one of the six "high cachet" colors.  Nib properly coded M-5 for medium point in a Sentinel.  Upturned classic "Waverley"-style point. Essentially mint save for wisp of ink when water tested Has quite faint  "medium" nib-grade sticker on gripping section. Valiant is the most highly sought model in Peacock, as for the "tough" colors, collectors tend to favor the plastic caps (more of a good color, I guess) and Valiant is the highest level pen produced in all-plastic. There are no Autographs, Signatures etc. Superb pen in color considered more challenging to find than Mandarin, Fiesta and Vermillion. Nice writer too.

Pen 3301 a-R:  Sheaffer Snorkel Periwinkle  $SOLD
Valiant:
White-dot, Plastic cap, 2-Tone Gold Nib.

Overall Grade: Exc
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: $SOLD
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Periwinkle is one of the six high-cachet colors, produced -we believe- for far shorter duration than the other colors. Periwinkle and Fern are the two least frequently seen among these.   During the past year I acquired two all-Periwinkle pens, which have gone to the first two of four want-lists. Just need to find two more now.

Pen 3301 b-R:  Sheaffer Snorkel Periwinkle  $SOLD
Valiant:
White-dot, Plastic cap, 2-Tone Gold Nib.

Overall Grade: Exc
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: $SOLD
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Periwinkle is one of the six high-cachet colors, produced -we believe- for far shorter duration than the other colors. Periwinkle and Fern are the two least frequently seen among these.   During the past year I acquired two all-Periwinkle pens, which have gone to the first two of four want-lists. Just need to find two more now.

Pen 3305 -NB: Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. Mandarin Orange $275 SOLD
Sentinel: White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, 2-Tone Gold Triumph (Conical) Nib
MANDARIN is a "High Cachet" Color.  Mint Stickered.

Overall Grade: MINT
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:
Point: Med Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Mandarin is amongst the six high-cachet colors, more difficult to find than Fiesta, though probably a bit easier than Periwinkle and Fern. Sentinel originally was the most expensive model found in Mandarin. This one grades strict mint, with no signs of having met ink. It is restored and working and thus carries my one year function warranty, but may not be "returned within 7 days for any reason" if inked or dipped.  Upturned classic "Waverley"-style point. with medium point. It has the model/price tag under clip and "Medium" nib-grade sticker on gripping section.  Lovely pen.

Pen 3298 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel. Mandarin Orange $265 SOLD
Sentinel: White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, 2-Tone Gold Triumph (Conical) Nib 

Overall Grade: NM+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Minimal Red
Point: Med Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Mandarin is one of the six "high cachet" colors.  Nib properly coded M-5 for medium point in a Sentinel.  Upturned classic "Waverley"-style point. No ink on water testing but seems to be  a spec (or is it just grease)  to the Snorkel tube, so I called it "near" mint. Has price tag and "medium" sticker on gripping section. Superb pen.

Pen 3303 R:  Sheaffer Snorkel Mandarin Orange   $220 SOLD
Pen-and-a-Half:  Clipper/Statesman. Two Caps

Overall Grade: VG-XF**
Metal:  Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity
Point Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $220
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Mandarin is one of the six "high cachet" colors. I picked up this pen finding it have some scratches, resulting in streaky brassing, to the cap-band.  Barrel pretty clean, with one nick to the knurled plastic on the blind cap.  I fitted the pen with a steel cap, "converting" it to a Clipper from Statesman.  As a Clipper it grades Fine.  Keeping the original cap, the pen can serve as a VG Statesman. With spare cap, get "two" pens for price of one.

Pen 3265 -MF: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  Set Mint-in-Box  $385 SOLD
Fiesta Red: One of the "high cachet" colors
Never inked, with Tags and Cellophane
Clipper:  White Dot, 2-tone Metal Cap, Pd-Ag Conical (Triumph) Nib.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition:Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Mint Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $385
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. Finding a mint stickered set? Not an everyday event.  Superb in all respects. Pen and pencil are tagged. Pen has "fine" sticker still on gripping section. Pen still has about half the cellophane in place. Pencil has most of the cellophane intact. The most crisp Fiesta set I've handled.  Fully restored, but may not be returned if inked/dipped.  The box is a bit squished (overcloses) , but that can be remedied if of concern.

Pen 3268 -MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  Set Mint-in-Box  $375 SOLD
Fiesta Red:  A "High-Cachet" Color
Clipper:  White Dot, 2-tone Metal Cap, Pd-Ag Conical (Triumph) Nib.
Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  Perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $375 
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.  

Fiesta Red looks like a mildly desaturated Vermilion and is one of the six "tough" colors.  Superb in all respects. Fully restored, it may not be returned if inked or dipped. Water testing is fine. Pen and pencil have price tags. Pen still has "Fine" nib-grade sticker on gripping section. Nib seems smooth on dry testing, and features the classic Sheaffer "Waverley" upturned point.

Pen 3302 R:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Fiesta Red $275 SOLD
Clipper:
 White-dot, 2-Tone Metal Cap, PdAg Conical (Triumph) Nib.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint: Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. Fiesta Red is one of the six "high cachet" colors, though likely the most common amongst them. Nib properly coded M-4 for medium point in a Clipper.  Upturned classic "Waverley"-style point.  Mint pen no sign of having met ink. Price/model tag on clip. "Medium" sticker on gripping section. Fully restored of course and carries one year function warranty, but may not be "returned within 7 days" if inked or dipped. 

Pen 3263 -MF: Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  Set Mint-in-Box $225 SOLD
Buckskin Tan. Matching Gripping Section
Uncommon Box. Instruction Sheet.  Absolutely mint
Admiral:  Non-White Dot; Plastic Cap; Open Gold Monotone NIb

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Mint Size5 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. 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.  This one is about perfect, in a quite ucnommon box, with instructions.  Fine point properly coded F-2 as expected when found in Admiral.

Pen 3269 -MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  Set Nearmint-in-Box $255 SOLD
Buckskin Tan (pink)- An "Intermediate" Color
Valiant: White Dot, Plastic Cap, 2-tone Conical "Triumph" Nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: NM
Threads: perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  FIne Imprint:  Nearmint Size 5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $255
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.

Superb set. Essentially mint-but-filled. Great color. Razor imprints. No damage. Pencil appears to be mint with perfect eraser. Smooth fine point with Sheaffer's classic "Waverley" upturned point.

Pen 3259 -MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant Set-in-Box $225 SOLD
Valiant: White Dot; Plastic Cap; 2-Tone Triumph (Conical) Nib
Sage Green:  Plump Medium Point. Excellent+

Overall Grade: Excellent+
Metal: Superb Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: NM 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Med Imprint:  Exc 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.  SAGE is an "intermediate" color, well more scarce than Pastel Green but not quite up there with the top-cachet colors. This one has matching gripping section, an appealing feature.  In great shape this one also sports a classic Sheaffer "Waverley" nib with upturned point. Writes a smooth medium, with nib properly coded for a a Medium (in a Valiant) with "M-5" stamped posteriorly (and no, Dr. Daystrom had nothing to do with this nib).   Not all nibs carry code stamps, and swaps can result in "wrong" codes.

Pen 2006 Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Pastel Blue 1950's   $100 SOLD
Nice NIb Alert- Medium
 Semi-Flex Smoothy
 

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: fine
Point:  M-B Semi-Flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $100 
COMMENTS:  Admiral features an open 14k nib, plastic cap without white dot.  This one has few scattered marks on plastic. ALso has terrific nib, medium-broad wet-writing smoothy.

Pen 3274 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign. Pastel Blue  $135 SOLD
Sovereign
: non-white-dot, metal cap, 2-tone gold nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: No Dings Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Med+ Imprint: Nearmint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $135
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's.  Sovereign, though a less costly non-White-Dot model, in fact is relatively uncommon now. Seems those who would spring for this top of the line non-White-Dot version made the jump frequently to the more pricey White Dot models. The cap on Sovereign is different from the more common two tone caps found on Sentinel and Clipper. This one pops, near mint with "Medium" sticker still on gripping section. Smooth writer with line a bit more plump than most mediums I see.

Pen 3266 -MF: Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant Set-in-Box  $115 SOLD
Pastel Blue
Valiant: White Dot, Plastic Cap, 2-tone Conical "Triumph" Nib
NOTE that PENCIL Is not in working order, and is just a space filler (for the moment)

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Medium Imprint:  Exc Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $115 
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 nice basic Snork in relatively upscale model (white dot, two tone gold nib).  NOTE: Pencil not quite functioning now, as lead does not retract. Probably bit of lead jam to clutch.  Set is priced with pencil as space filler. I suspect on my return home I can get it working or replace mechanism. Price will drift up just a bit at that point.

Pen 3267 -MF: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Pastel Blue Set--in-Box $85 SOLD
Sentinel
:  White Dot, 2-tone Metal Cap, 2-tone Gold  Conical (Triumph) Nib.
NOTE that PENCIL Is not in working order, and is just a space filler (for the moment)

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: Excellent
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Medium Imprint: Extra Fine Size5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $85
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 usable pen with (at the moment) a jammed pencil (I will try to fix next week, no promises). Cap ding free. Slight wiggle to clip. Light scratch across barrel imprint. Excellent Medium point with classic Sheaffer "Waverley" upturned point. VERY nice writer. A spare eraser included, apparently period correct.

Pen 3276 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant. Pastel Blue 1950's   $85 SOLD
Valiant:
White Dot, Pastic Cap, 2-Tone Gold Nib.
Early Variant with gold Snorkel Tube

Overall Grade: Fine-XF
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: $85
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's. The early style gold Snorkel tube (some claim "first year only") adds charm to this one. Overall clean pen save for couple marks to the gripping section (? once met pliars), that are not deep. Clean plastic otherwise.   VERY smooth medium point, with the classic upturned Sheaffer "Waverley" point. 

Pen 3289 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Pastel Blue  $110 (can ship June 15) SOLD
Statesman:
 White Dot, Plastic Cap. Pd-Ag Conical (Triumph) Nib
Early Variant with GOLD Snorkel Tube

Overall Grade: Exc-NM
Metal: NM Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:  NA
Point: Fine Imprint: NM 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. A clean example in Pastel Blue. Has the gold snorkel tube attributed to "first year" or at least very early pens.  Sharp imprint.  Shipping date delayed a bit as I wish to smoothen nib just a bit more before shipping. If toothy does not bother, can ship sooner.

Pen 1994 Sheaffer SNorkel Admiral. 1950's Burgundy  $80   SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: 80 
COMMENTS:  Nice Basic Snork. The Snorkel Admiral features an open-style gold nib, non-white dot plasic cap and "Sheaffer's" Clip. The cap-band on this one is engraved EMG in neat script letters.

Pen 1995 Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. Burgundy. 1950's  $90  SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: NM
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $90 
COMMENTS:  Nice Basic Snork. The Snorkel Admiral features an open-style gold nib, non-white dot plasic cap and "Sheaffer's" Clip.

Pen 3264- MF: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Nearmint-Set-in-Box $150 SOLD
Gray: "1st Year" with Gold Snorkle
Medium-Broad Point. Great Writer.
Statesman: White Dot, Plastic Cap, Pd-Ag Conical (Triumph) nib.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: NM 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Medium+ Imprint:  NM Size:5 5/8" 14.2cm PRICE: $150
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 basic color Snork, this one pops regarding condition. Too, it has an interesting feature, the gold snorkel tube, which is believed to be found in very early pens, though it is not clear the finding relates to the complete (or only to) the  first year of production. The black gripping section and nib lacking "Palladium" marking and point code goes along with early production. Perhaps early production explains the "TM" (thin model touchdown) box not marked as Snork... or maybe not. The pen pencil and box have tags (the set tag has lost its neck and floats freely). Pencil marked as "Valiant" but of course is the same pencil for both Valiant and Statesman pens, so this does not bother me.  Great nib, looks to be a medium iridium but writes more broadly than typical mediums. Smooth wet writer.

Pen 3260 -MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Set Nearmint-in-Box $135 SOLD
SENTINEL:  White Dot; Two Tone Metal Cap; Conical (Triumph) 2-Tone Gold Nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  NM Size: 5 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. These two competitors dominated the American quality pen scene throughout the 1950's.  Essentially a mint set this is superb in all respects.  I dip tested it (after restoratrion) so I know it's not "mint", but that's about the only difference.  Typical firm conical Triumph point, smooth with Sheaffer's classic "Waverley" upturned tip.

Pen 3283 MF:  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper. Pastel Green 1950's   $120 SOLD
Clipper: White Dot, Metal 2-tone Cap, PdAg Triumph (Conical) Nib 

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: No Dings Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $120
COMMENTS: Snorks gave Parker 51 a toe-to-toe run for the money during the 1950's.  Superb condition with typical Sheaffer upturned "Waverley"-style point.

Pen 3082 NB Sheaffer Targa "Regency". Full-girth  $240 SOLD

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Exc Color: NA. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine-Med Imprint: NA Size  5 5/16 " 13.4 cm PRICE: $240
COMMENTS:  Targa is very high quality Sheaffer from 1980's.  Regency is a somewhat uncommon pattern. I've owned couple in the slim version, but this is the first full size.  Pen shows no sign of ink exposure. Section is marked for fine point, though to my eye the nib is more on the fine-medium size. Includes "aero" style converter.

Pen 2049 Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman. Rare Periwinkle    $295
Mint, chalk-marked. Withdrawn from sale 

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads: Mint clarity: NA PlasticPerfect
Point:  XF Imprint: Mint Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $295
COMMENTS:  Periwinkle is amongst the top three colors found in the Snorkel series. Statesman features white dot plastic cap and tubular (Triumph)  nib. This one is mint with some of the original barrel chalk-marks. Gorgous.

Pen 2880-S  Sheaffer PFM IV (Pen For Men 3) Black $495 SOLD
Monster Nib.  Broad+

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Broad+ Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $495 
COMMENTS: The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  The PFM-IV was the second to top model produced in all colors, but today is markedly more scarce than the originally more expensive PFM-V. Finding one with a monster nib... not a common event.


Pen 3245 R:  Sheaffer Balance Demonstrator  $625 SOLD to "Want list"

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: Perfect
Point: Fine Imprint: NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2cm
PRICE: $625
COMMENTS: Superb condition, better actually than the very nice one in my own collection. Freshly restored and near mint, this one already has been claimed via a want-list. Make a nice photo though :)  Nicer, actually than the example in my own collection. Geez- this might mean I'm a pen dealer, not just collector. In the old days, any "better" acquisition went into the collection and out came the lesser version. Not always these days, I guess ;)

Pen 2605 Sheaffer Targa. Laque Blue Moire Classic $395 SOLD
Mint New Old Stock BROAD STUB NIB. A Scarce Targa

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint  Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch:  MInt clarity: NA
Point:  Broad Stub Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $395
COMMENTSClear Laque (enamel) on guilloche.  Reportedly hand-laquered 14 coats. Deep lustre poorly captured in my photo. One of most beautiful Targas (or near modern pens in general) i've had the pleasure to handle. I grabbed one of the last trays of NOS (pre-NOS really) from a Sheaffer rep. Two pens were promptly claimed at the Syracuse Pen Club meeting. Ask Al Besser or Jerry Fine how they like the pens :)  I have just one blue pen.  Oh yeah, the mint pen is fitted with a sweet broad stub nib. Converter included.

Pen 2606 Sheaffer Targa Laque Black Spiral  $415 SOLD
Mint New Old Stock BROAD STUB NIB. A Scarce Targa

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch  Mint clarity:  NA personalized barrel
PointBroad Stub Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $415
COMMENTS:  Clear Laque (enamel) on guilloche.  Reportedly hand-laquered 14 coats. Deep lustre poorly captured in my photo. One of most beautiful Targas (or near modern pens in general) i've had the pleasure to handle. I grabbed one of the last trays of NOS (pre-NOS really) from a Sheaffer rep. Two pens were promptly claimed at the Syracuse Pen Club meeting. Ask Al Besser or Jerry Fine how they like the pens :)  I have just one blue pen.  Oh yeah, the mint pen is fitted with a sweet broad stub nib. Converter included.

Pen 2608 Sheaffer Targa Slimline "VIntage" Pattern  $295 SOLD
 Mint NOS. Broad Stub Nib 

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch: Mint clarity: NA
Point:  Broad Stub Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $295
COMMENTS:  A scarce model. Mint. NOS. Fitted with Broad Stub nib. Converter included. I have two of these in stock. 

Pen 2610 Sheaffer Targa Slimline Silver Plated "Lame" pattern  $240 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Fine-Xf
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch: NM clarity: NA
PointMONSTER NIB  Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $240
COMMENTS: The silver plated Lame pattern features a faceted cap-band. Bright Chrome trim.  The original stainless steel nib has been upgraded to a gold Broad Stub nib. Pen is Mint, NOS. A not-so-common pattern. Mid 1980's. Converter included.

Pen 2237F Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral $95 SOLD
Burgundy.  Medium Point. Near Mint Tagged/Stickered

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Medium Imprint:  NM Size 5 5/8"  14.2 cm PRICE: $95
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. Note "D.E" is stamped on the Sheaffer imprint?! I have several Snorks from disparate sources so stamped.  Not sure what to make of that. This pen has original "Admiral" tab as well as "medium" sticker still on gripping section, corresponding to the medium "M-2" nib. Nice pen.

Pen 2423R Sheaffer Balance Slender Set in Box
Lever Fill Ebonized Pearl.  $185 SOLD

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  ExtraFine
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine-Medium Semi-flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.cm
PRICE: $185
COMMENTSBalance is my second most collected pen, after Vacumatic. This one is an all-correct mid-1930's Ebonized Pearl Slender set, in clean box that closes but also serves as presentation tray.  The pencil grades near mint with perfect color. The pencil grades extra fine with clean plastic, couple specks of cap-band brassing, mild barrel ambering. Nib is more responsive than usual Sheaffer nail, even with a hint of flex.

Pen 3097 Sheaffer Balance Pencil  $45 SOLD
Ebonized Pearl. Standard Size.

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Threads:  ExtraFine clarity: NA
Point: NA Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.2cm
PRICE: $45
COMMENTS: A decent Ebonized Pearl pencil that can be matched with standard size White Dot or non White Dot pen to make a set.  Nice color and clean plastic. Trim shows bit of brassing only at bottom edge of clip (typical first spot). Slight gap between pencil halves and between bottom half of plastic and metal ferrule.

Pen 3092 R Sheaffer Snorkel Dealer Demonstrator 1952 $495 SOLD
First Yr/First Style with solid-gold Snorkel

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal:  Exc Color: Nearmint. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Medium Imprint: Exc Size  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $495
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. Demonstrators are amongst the most high-cachet Snorks.  The pen essentially is a Valiant (white dot, two-tone gold Triumph nib), but of course done in clear plastic.   The tube itself is solid gold, something collectors attribute to early pens only.  No cracks. Freshly restored. The only weak points?  The black paint used to obscure inner cap adhesive largely is gone (which, ironically, favors visualizaiton of the guts), and the typical slight internal stress marks are present by the clip insertion, which seems to happen once pens have had their clips moved.  Nice Demo. Typical Triumph nib upturned in the famous "Waverly" tradition, it writes a nice smooth line.

Pen 3093 R Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant. Periwinkle. Late 1950's  $270 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Nearmint Color: Nearmint. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Medium Imprint: Nearmint Size  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $270
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. PdAg Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model.   Periwinkle is one of the 6 "tough" colors in Snorkeldom, arguably ranked just below Fern for scarcity. Nice smooth upturned "Waverly"-style two tone gold nib. Medium point. 

Pen 3111 R: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel. 1950's  FERN Green  $285 SOLD
Sentinel  = White Dot Metal Cap with 2-tone 14k  "Triumph" Nib.
Plump Medium Point. Smooth Wet Writer.

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color: Nearmint. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Medium Imprint: Fine Size  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $285
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. Fern is the rarest of the six "tough" colors, with the caveat that Fiesta Red, while more common overall than Fern, is overwhelmingly rarer with matching plastic cap.  Very nice pen suffering only a bit of a light imprint.  Nice medium point.

Pen 3103 S:  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant. 1950's  Pastel Green  $105 SOLD
Valiant = White Dot Model with 2-tone 14k  "Triumph" Nib.
Plump Medium Point. Smooth Wet Writer.

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color: NM CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint: NM Size  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $105
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. Clean which writes verrrry nicely. 

Pen 3029 R Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Fiesta Red  $240 SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color: Nearmint. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Medium Imprint: Nearmint Size  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $240
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. PdAg Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model.   Fiesta Red is one of the six "tough" colors in Snorkeldom.  A  superb pen with nice medium point.

Pen 3051 JB Sheaffer Statesman Snorkel Sage Green  $175 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Excellent
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Superb Size5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $175
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.  Sage Green is an "intermediate" color along with Bucksin Tan, well less common than the five common colors, but not so scarc as the 6 "tough" colors, though perhaps that explanation is redundant.  Sage is found both as White Dot and non White Dot models.  Statesman is a white dot (Triumph nib) model with PdAg (Palladium Silver) nib. Clean pen with smooth manifold (firm) fine point.

Pen 3054 JB  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant $180 SOLD
Desirable Peacock. 

Overall Grade:  Fine**
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $180
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. Two tone 14k gold nib.   Peacock (robin's-egg blue)  is one of the six "tough" colors in Snorkeldom, generally ranked above Vermilion, Mandarin and (half) Fiesta.   **This one has a single big  toothmark on the blind cap, Pen is priced down in recognition. Other than the one quite noticeable toothie, the pen would grade nearmint.

Pen 3104 S:  Sheaffer Thin Model ("TM") Touchdown Sentinel 1950-51   $150 SOLD
Touchdown 1-2 Year Model preceding the Snorkel. "Forest" Green
Plump Medium Point. Smooth Writer.

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Nearmint Color: Nearmint. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Medium Imprint: Exc Size  5 1/4 " 13.3  cm PRICE: $150
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Touchdown tends to fly beneath collectors' collective radar, slotting in the early 1950's after the fatter original Touchdown and before the much more prevalent, longer running Snorkel.  The pen looks like Snorkel but is a bit shorter in the barrel. It is found in some colors never used for Snork, such as this dark green.  Great nib on this one, the upturned "Waverly" style for which Sheaffer is known. Plump iridium on two-tone 14k-gold conical "Triumph" nib. Wet smooth writer. 

Pen 3112 -S  Sheaffer TM (Thin Model) Touchdown Sentinel $160 SOLD
Prussian(?) Blue. 1951

Overall Grade: Exx
Metal: Exc Color: Exc. CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine-Med Imprint: Exc Size  5 1/4 " 13.3 cm PRICE: $160
COMMENTS:  The Thin Model (TM) Snorkel introduced in 1952, gave the Parker "51" quite the run for the money for dominance of the 1950's pen scene.  The TM Touchdown bridged the gulf from the 1940's fatter pens (including the original Touchdown) and the 1950's Snorkel. Seeing just a 1-2 year production run, TM Touchdown looks like a Snork, but is a bit shorter (didn't need the room for the Snork mechanism(, lacks a Snorkel tube (obviously) and saw some different colors.  The TM Touchdown overall is well less often seen then Snorkel, due in no small part to its much shorter production era. This one features This one features the two tone metal cap and two tone gold conical (Triumph) nib appropriate to Sentinel.  VERY SMOOTH Fine-Medium point, writing a lush wet line.  This blue (?Prussion) was not used for the subsequent Snorkel model.

Pen 3028 R   Sheaffer PFM I (Pen For Men "One") Green  $265 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
clutch: Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Full Medium Imprint: Exc Size 5 3/8 " 13.6 cm PRICE: $265
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism.  It introduced the inlaid nib to Sheaffer pens.  Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is the "I" featuring "white" trim and PdAg nib. Green arguably is a somewhat "better" color amongst PFM's. Very clean pen with responsive medium point. 

Pen 2986 S Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  $240 SOLD
Fiesta Red with Medium+ Point

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Med+ Imprint:  NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $240
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. PdAg Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. Fiesta Red is one of the six "tough" colors. This one is superb with  edium (marked M-4 appropriately) nib that writes a more plump line than most mediums.

Pen 2901 -M  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  Gray $100 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Medium-ish Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $100
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib.  Clean cap. No brassing. Barrel imprint complete but not razor sharp. Clean color. Nib looks between fine-medium to my eye, but the wet line seems full medium. No dings.

Pen 2624 Sheaffer PFM I Green  $375 SOLD
 Mint, Chalkmarked, Cellophaned, Boxed, NOS

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch: Mint clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $375 SOLD
COMMENTS: PFM !. The fat snorkel.  Mint NOS Still in Cellophane and with Sheaffer Box (not sure the box is original for PFM).   May not be returned if inked or dipped. Probably fills. Fresh sac can be placed for $30 with mild shipping delay. 

Pen 2565R  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper $225  SOLD
Fiesta Red, one of the 6 scarce Snorkel Colors

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib. A top color snork,  Fiesta Red looks like a mildly desaturated Vermilion. Fiesta is one of the 6 high-cachet (and relatively scarce) Snork colors.Nib marked "fine" borders on Extra Fine, a smooth Pdag Triumph.  This one has excellent color. It does have a posting mark near the back of the barrel, visible in the picture.

Pen 2493F Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. Black  $55 Vacumania's Basement SOLD

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity:  NA
Point: F  Imprint:  none Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $55
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. Open monotone 14k gold  nib, as expected for this model.  I note the pen has no manufacturer's imprint. Unsure whether never had one, polished/worn away (yet plastic is quite clean) or mix of later and earlier barrel and cap, respectively. Nice writer. 

Pen 2495F Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $95 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Fine-Xf
Metal: Clip Brassing Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  MInt clarity: NA
Point:   Imprint:  Exc 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. Two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. Smooth fine point.

Pen 2413F Sheaffer TM Touchdown  SIGNATURE.  $145 SOLD
SOLID 14K Cap Band. Jet Black.

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 5 5/8"  14.2 cm 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. Neatly script engraved (as are most) in this case W. Hall .  Pen has few very light scratches.

Pen 2415F Sheaffer TM Touchdown  1950's $60 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Imprint:  ExtraFine Size: 5 3/8 " 13cm
PRICE: $60
COMMENTSThin Model Touchdown preceded the introduction of the Snorkel. This one is basic black. Light scratches here n' there on barrel. Bit of woggle to the plastic of the barrel down by the blind cap.

Pen 2231F  Sheaffer Snorkel "Autograph" Set  $195  SOLD
Solid 14k hallmarked gold cap-bands and clips

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Med. Smooth/wet Imprint:  Exc Size:  5 5/8"  14.2 cm.
PRICE: $195 
COMMENTS:  The second fanciest Snork, behind only the solid gold Masterpiece. This one has hallmarked solid 14k clips and bands. Bands with clean  script-engraved "CW Frantschi". Nice writer

Pen 1865 Sheaffer PFM 1. Snorkel Filler
Burgundy.  $255 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Clutch  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine-Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $255 
COMMENTSThe PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. Indeed, A black PFM II that i once had on the site for sale, became my regular user at work and has been so now for probably a year.  The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is a clean Burgundy PFM I with chrome trim and PdAg nib.

Pen 1888 Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. Pastel Blue
Mint Stickered   $105 SOLD

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint open gold nib
Threads:  perfect clarity:   NA
Point:  Medium Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $105 
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.

This one is absolutely mint and has two original stickeres (barrel price band and nib grade sticker on gripping section). It fills well with original sac. May not be returned if inked/dipped, though water testing is fine.

Pen 2005  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Pastel Green   $85 SOLD

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA PlasticExc
Point:  F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: 85 
COMMENTS:  The Statesman is  the entry level pen in the White Dot zone.  Plastic cap. Smooth clip, plastic cap and PdAg conical (Triumph) nib are found.

Pen 2007 Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Gray 1950's   $85  sold

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: exc
Point:  Fine Semi-Flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $85 
COMMENTSAdmiral features an open 14k nib, plastic cap without white dot.

Pen 2047 Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman in scarce Peacock (not Pastel) Blue   $265 SOLD
Nearmint with nib grade sticker on section  

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  Perfect clarity:    NA PlasticPerfect
Point:  F Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS: STATESMAN correctly packs a plastic, white-dot, smooth clip and conical (Triumph) Pd Ag Nib.  Looks mint but water flush did reveal just a wisp of ink. Perfect nib-grade sticker remains on the gripping section. Whilst generally metal-capped Snorks tend to outvalue plastic caps (indeed, they outpriced similar plastic capped models at time of release), for the "tough" colors the plastic capped pens seem to pull greater demand, perhaps due to the charm of finding a given tough color on both parts of the pen.

Pen 3090  Sheaffer Imperial  FP/BP Set  (1990's?) $145 SOLD
Desirable Cadmium Yellow. Gold-Plated nib

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Exc Color:  Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 7/16 " 13.9cm PRICE: $145
COMMENTSAmongst the near-modern, out of production "late" Imperials, Cadmium has proven an overwhelming collector favorite.  A few months ago I grabbed the last tray of ten pens from a Sheaffer distributor.  Turns out I had one FP left over, then found the BP to make the set. The BP's are more scarce than the FP's.  My last Cadmium...

Pen 1973 SHEAFFER PFM V Green  $350 SOLD

Overall Grade: VG
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $350 
COMMENTS:  Smidge of brass to top edge of cap. Speckles on bottom plate (as have most).  In my experience- such as it is- Green is the second least encountered color, though many folks cite blue as being tougher to find, which does not correlate to my observations.  Priced down due to couple tiny cap dings and bit of edge brass.  

Pen 2000  Sheaffer Snorkel Special. Pastel Green  $100  SOLD

Overall Grade: NM
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Perfect
Point:  XF Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $100
COMMENTSThe Special looks just like admiral at first peek- plastic cap and non-white dot. But this late appearing Snorkel model features an open white PdAg nib, unlike the Admiral.   This one is superb, with original model/price tag.

Pen 3073  Sheaffer Balance Standard Black-and-Pearl  $295 SOLD
FLEX NIB (rare in Sheaffer) Excellent Color

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Perfect clarity: Superb
Point: F-M Flex Imprint: Exc Size: 5 138" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $285 
COMMENTS: Clean color (not perfect, but well better than average) along with a flex nib, scarce for Balance, carry no small charm for this early-color Balance. Dates likely to 1930 or so. Has long hump-clip, early short section, non-extra-long barrel.

Pen 1680 Sheaffer Balance Long Slender "3-25"  $150 SOLD
Gray-with-Red-Veins Celluloid


Overall Grade:  ExtraFine Trim:  Perfect Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition:Exc
Threads:  Perfect  Plastic: Couple small marks at either end
Point: Fiine
Imprint:   Perfect Size:   5 1/2"
PRICE: $ 150
Gray with Red Veins is a high cachet color in the Sheaffer universe. Often discolored even crazed, at risk for hairline cap-lip cracks, finding clean specimens is a nontrivial venture. This one is respectable though hardly near mint.  No cracks/crazing. Perfect trim and Imprint. Couple small  toothmarks at either end of pen. This one packs the early trim/nib configuration found with this color, probably dating to 1932-3 or so.

Pen 3062  Sheaffer Imperial Sterling SIlver 1970's(?)   $300 SOLD
Mint/Dipped (nearmint) Stickered.
Marked for the Japanese Market.  A "better" Pattern

Overall Grade: NM
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: XF-F Imprint: NM Size: 5 5/16" 13.2 cm
PRICE: $300
COMMENTSThe metal Imperials are quite upscale variants of the humble plastic pens first introduced in the early 1960's. Most of these fancy variants date to 1970's-1980s. I don't have on hand the name for this pattern, but observe it is well less common than the typical grid patterns.  This one is mint/dipped and  stickered, with tag indicating it was destined for sale in the Japanese market, a charming find common to the small hoard of pens of which this was part.  This one is cartridge/converter filling, with converter included.

Pen 3063  Sheaffer Imperial Gold-Filled 1970's(?) $245 SOLD
Mint/Dipped (nearmint) Stickered.
 Marked for the Japanese Market. Rhomboid-Grid Pattern.

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-Med Imprint:  NM Size5 5/16" 13.2 cm PRICE: $245
COMMENTSThe metal Imperials are quite upscale variants of the humble plastic pens first introduced in the early 1960's. Most of these fancy variants date to 1970's-1980s. This one is gold-filled rhomboid pattern.  This one is mint/dipped and  stickered, with tag indicating it was destined for sale in the Japanese market, a charming find  common to the small hoard of pens of which this was part.  This one is cartridge/converter filling, with converter included. A responsive fine-med nib

Pen 3065  Sheaffer Imperial Gold-Filled  1970s (?) $245  SOLD
Double Stickered. Marked for the Japanese Market. Uncommon Pattern.

Overall Grade:  Exc**
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Perfect clarity: minimal red
Point: F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $245
COMMENTSThe metal Imperials are quite upscale variants of the humble plastic pens first introduced in the early 1960's. Most of these fancy variants date to 1970's-1980s. I don't have on hand the name for this pattern, but observe it is well less common than the typical grid patterns.  This one is mint stickered, with tag indicating it was destined for sale in the Japanese market, a charming find new for me but common to the small hoard of pens of which this was part. Opposite the clip is a second original sticker indicating variant number (835) and point grade (fine).   This one is cartridge/converter filling, with converter included.

** Note that the pen overall is very clean with perfect price sticker, but there is scuff to the very tip of the pen clip resulting in a couple millimeters of brassing. You can see it in the photo. Nice fine point. 

Pen 2620 Sheaffer Imperial 3-Piece Set in Box   $235 SOLD
 Gold-Filled Rhomboid pattern. 

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Fine Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint:  Exc Size5 1/4" 13.2 cm PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: Gold Filled Rhomboid pattern.  Fountain Pen Ball Point and Pencil set. BP and Pcl are nearmint. The fountain pen grades fine, with thin edge of dings just at the very top edge of the cap. Reasonable price with the  nominal imperfection on pen, given presence of other two pieces and box. 1970's-1980's. FP Converter included.

Pen 2608 Sheaffer Targa Slimline "VIntage" Pattern  $295 SOLD
 Mint NOS. Broad Stub Nib

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch: Mint clarity: NA
Point:  Broad Stub Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $295
COMMENTS:  A scarce model. Mint. NOS. Fitted with Broad Stub nib. Converter included. I have two of these in stock. 

Pen 2610 Sheaffer Targa Slimline Silver Plated "Lame" pattern  $240 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Fine-Xf
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch: NM clarity: NA
PointMONSTER NIB  Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $240
COMMENTS: The silver plated Lame pattern features a faceted cap-band. Bright Chrome trim.  The original stainless steel nib has been upgraded to a gold Broad Stub nib. Pen is Mint, NOS. A not-so-common pattern. Mid 1980's. Converter included.

Pen 2499R Sheaffer Imperial set.  FP and Ballpoint $235 SOLD
 Sterling Rhomboid pattern. Touchdown Fill

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch:  Perfect clarity:
Point: Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13. 6cm
PRICE: $235 
COMMENTS: Clean set. Nice patina. Clips are personalized.

Pen 1818 Sheaffer Gold Filled Ballpoint ?late 1960's-1970's
Pattern evokes 1920's metal overlay pens   $115 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition:NA
Threads:  NA clarity:    NA
Point:  NA Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 "
PRICE: $115 
COMMENTS:  Pretty- if odd- Sheaffer.

Pen 2605 Sheaffer Targa. Laque Blue Moire Classic $395 SOLD
Mint New Old Stock BROAD STUB NIB. A Scarce Targa

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint  Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch:  MInt clarity: NA
Point:  Broad Stub Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $395
COMMENTSClear Laque (enamel) on guilloche.  Reportedly hand-laquered 14 coats. Deep lustre poorly captured in my photo. One of most beautiful Targas (or near modern pens in general) i've had the pleasure to handle. I grabbed one of the last trays of NOS (pre-NOS really) from a Sheaffer rep. Two pens were promptly claimed at the Syracuse Pen Club meeting. Ask Al Besser or Jerry Fine how they like the pens :)  I have just one blue pen.  Oh yeah, the mint pen is fitted with a sweet broad stub nib. Converter included.

Pen 3030 R  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Vermilion  $230 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine-ish Imprint:  Mint Size  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $230
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  Matching gripping section noted.   The fire-engine red Vermilion in what passes for my experience is more scarce than Mandarin, though Mandarin seems to command bit more demand, perhaps because Mandarin is a white-dot color and because its name has long standing collector roots due to Parker's use of it in association with its scarce and fragile yellow 1920's Duofold.  Vermilion and Fiesta are very similar appearing, requiring either familiarity with which pen is "white dot" and/or side-by-side comparison to tell apart.  

This one is quite clean with fine to fine-med point.

Pen 3032 R  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  Mandarin  $265 SOLD
MINT Condition with Nib-Grade Sticker.

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color: Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
threads: Mint clarity: NA
Point:  Med Imprint:  Mint Size:  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $265
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. Two tone 14k gold  Mandarin (pumpkin orange)  is one of the six "tough" colors in Snorkeldom.  For these colors, "complete" colors (pens with plastic caps) tend today to outprice those with metal caps, as the metal caps are rather generic to the series, while the models with plastic caps offer more of the "rare" color.  Valiant of course is the all-plastic white-dot model with two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib. This pen... pops.  Nib grade sticker still on gripping section. Superb condition. Medium point. Carries full function warranty but may not be returned for refund if inked or dipped

Pen 3050 JB Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant Mandarin  $250 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color: Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Med Imprint: Nearmint Size5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $250
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. Two tone 14k gold nib.   Mandarin (pumpkin orange)  is one of the six "tough" colors in Snorkeldom.  For these colors, "complete" colors (pens with plastic caps) tend today to outprice  "half color" pens, those with metal caps, as the metal caps are rather generic to the series, while the models with plastic caps offer more of the "rare" color.   This one is in superb condition

Pen 3031 R  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign Sage Green 1950's   $190 SOLD
MINT with CHALK MARKS

Overall Grade:  MINT
Metal: Mint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
threads:  Mint clarity: NA
Point: XF Imprint:  NA Size  5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $190
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  Matching gripping section noted.   Sovereign, the most expensive of the non-white-dot models features a cap unique to that model. It is well more scarce than the white-metal-capped white-dot pens. Sage Green is an "intermediate" color along with Bucksin Tan, well less common than the five common colors, but not as scarce  as the 6 "tough" colors, though perhaps that explanation is redundant.  Sage Sovereign pens thus feature an uncommon feature spread. Thepen has, of course, the two tone gold  open nib.

This one is true mint.  While Sovereign is relatively scarce, finding one in a better color with full barrel chalk mark excluding possibility of cap swap adds some charm. Chalk marks indicate, "Sovereign, $12.50. Xfine".   No barrel imprint at all (seen on some pens where cap has the maker's imprint). Perfect color. Matching gripping section. I'm tempted to add to my limited personal collection of ten Snorks. Fully restored, it carries my one year function warranty, but may not be returned if inked/dipped.

Pen 3041 JB Sheaffer Snorkel Crest Gray 1950's  $170 Sold

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  M Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $170
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. Crest is a fairly upscale model, featuring gold-filled cap and two-tone gold nib. Superb pen stil with nib-grade sticker.

Pen 3053 JB Sheaffer Snorkel Autograph Set  $165 SOLD
Solid Gold Clip and Cap-band

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Perfect clarity: NA
Point: F-M Imprint:  Exc Size5 5/8 " 14.2 cm PRICE: $165
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.  Autograph, catalogued only in black, is an upscale Snork.  As do most, it has a clean owner's signature in the cap-bands. Clean plastic.

Pen 2906 -M  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper $110 SOLD
SAGE Green- An Intermediate-Cachet Color

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  F-M Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $110
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib. Nib writes a typical Snork line between Fine and Medium to my eye. Smooth.  No brassing. Barrel has personalization, obviously, and lacks barrel imprint, seemingly never having had one, though who really can say?   Affordable Sage, one which will make a nice clean user.

Pen 2977 S  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral. Pastel Green  $100 SOLD
Plump nearly full broad nib

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point: Med-Broad Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $245 
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. Admiral features an open solid gold nib. Bold writer with nearly full broad point.

Pen 2980 S  Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $105 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $105 
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. PdAg  Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model.  No dings. Quite smooth medium point.

Pen 2874-M   Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $185 SOLD
Pastel Blue. BROAD FLEX NIB. Original Sticker.  Monster Nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
PointBroad Flex (mild-mod) Imprint:  NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $185
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.  Admiral features the non-white-dot cap and open monotone 14k nib. This one grades nearmint still with the "broad" nib grade sticker wrapped around the section. Full Broad Snork nibs are not common. This one also has mild-moderate Flex. A somewhat monstrous Snork, for he who wants the funky writing experience :)

Pen 2579 Sheaffer Snorkel Pencil  $55 SOLD
 Short, Slender model  "SJ"

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color: Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Threads:  NA clarity: N/A
Point:   NA Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 1/8" 13 cm
PRICE: $55
COMMENTS:  Mint Condition. Uncommon color. Pencils are found less often than pens. Complete your set :)

Pen 2477R Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman  $255 SOLD
PEACOCK

Overall Grade: Near Mint
Metal: Clip Brassing Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  MInt clarity:  
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $255 
COMMENTS:  STATESMAN correctly packs a plastic, white-dot, smooth clip and conical (Triumph) Pd Ag Nib.  Looks mint but water flush did reveal just a wisp of ink. Perfect nib-grade sticker remains on the gripping section. Whilst generally metal-capped Snorks tend to outvalue plastic caps (indeed, they outpriced similar plastic capped models at time of release), for the "tough" colors the plastic capped pens seem to pull greater demand, perhaps due to the charm of finding a given tough color on both parts of the pen.  Just for laughs... a peek at the high-cachet Snorkel colors...

Pen 2486R Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $275 SOLD
PEACOCK. Mint Stickered  Tagged.

Overall Grade: MINT
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  MInt clarity:  NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $275 
COMMENTS:   STATESMAN correctly packs a plastic, white-dot, smooth clip and conical (Triumph) Pd Ag Nib.  Looks mint but water flush did reveal just a wisp of ink. Perfect nib-grade sticker remains on the gripping section. Whilst generally metal-capped Snorks tend to outvalue plastic caps (indeed, they outpriced similar plastic capped models at time of release), for the "tough" colors the plastic capped pens seem to pull greater demand, perhaps due to the charm of finding a given tough color on both parts of the pen. This one is Mint with model taga nd nib grade sticker still on gripping section. I did have it freshly resaced. May not be returned if inked or dipped. Water testing is fine, of course.

Pen 2433R  Sheaffer Snorkel SIGNATURE Set-in-Box
Jet Black. Solid 14k Hallmarked Cap-Rings  $175 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: MediumSmooth Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.3cm
PRICE: $175
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.

This one writes a nice smooth medium  line with the expected two tone conical (Triumph) nib.. Pens with solid gold cap-bands are well less common than the average Snork. The cap-rings has been engraved (as are most SIgnature and Autograph pens out there); this one reads "Daisy Lambeth"

Pen 2491F Sheaffer Snorkel Special Burgundy  $90 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity:  Modest amber
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $90 
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. Open monotone PdAg nib, as expected for this model.

Pen 2485F Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel  Pastel Blue   $80 SOLD

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity:  NA personalized barrel
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 158" 14.9 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.  Proper two tone Triumph nib. The barrel is neatly stamped "J.S. Richardson"

Pen 2488F Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman. Gray  $95 SOLD
 Stickered

Overall Grade:  Fine-Xf
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: NM clarity: NA
PointMONSTER NIB  Imprint:  Exc 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. Proper PdAg  Triumph nib. Still has nib grade sticker on gripping section.

Pen 2233F  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign  $150 BROAD NIB SOLD
Amongst couple hundred Snorks, just two Broad points. This one pushes "double broad"

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   B- 2B monotone Imprint:  Exc Size5 5/8"  14.2 cm PRICE: $120 
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's, produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. Soverign, the fanciest of the non-white dot models should have a two tone gold nib. This nib is monotone. But, this is the pen in which i found it. The nib is the fattest Snork point i've ever handled and by today's standards would be pushing "double broad". Smooth wet line. I want $150 for the nib. I'll toss in the clean pen and its recent restoration for addition $25 or total $175 the package :)

Pen 2237F Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral $95 SOLD
Burgundy.  Medium Point. Near Mint Tagged/Stickered

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Medium Imprint:  NM Size 5 5/8"  14.2 cm PRICE: $95
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. Note "D.E" is stamped on the Sheaffer imprint?! I have several Snorks from disparate sources so stamped.  Not sure what to make of that. This pen has original "Admiral" tab as well as "medium" sticker still on gripping section, corresponding to the medium "M-2" nib. Nice pen.

Pen 2242F  Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral  $80 SOLD
Pastel Blue. Fine-XF  Open 14k Nib.

Overall Grade:  User Grade
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine to XF  Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5 5/8"  14.2 cm PRICE: $80 
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. Nice entry level Snork with particularly fine point

Pen 2243F  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  $90 SOLD
Pastel Blue. Fine-XF PdAg conical "Triumph" nib

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Fine Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 5 5/8"  14.2 cm PRICE: $90 
COMMENTS:   Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. Clipper and Sentinel were identical save for nib composition. This one writes quite the fine line.

Pen 2245F  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper $100  SOLD
Gray. PdAg conical "Triumph" nib.  Fine Point. Near Mint Stickered/Tagged

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine. Imprint:  NM Size:5 5 5/8"  14.2 cm PRICE: $100 
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. Clipper and Sentinel were identical save for nib composition. This one writes a nice smooth  line.

Pen 1950 Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Set Mint Stickered  in Box  $375 SOLD
Scarce and Desirable Mandarin Orange

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point:  Fine Monotone PdAg Triumph Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $375 
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. STATESMAN features cap of matching plasti to barrel and a PdAg conical (TRIUMPH) nib.

One of the most desirable and not often seen Snorkel colors. Yes, Mint In Box. The pen has the nib grade sticker still on the section. The pencil has the price tag. The set has the price tab. Instructions included. I did ask Ron Zorn to toss in a fresh sac in case you are crazy enough to want to use this one. Spectacular,

Pen 2076 Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Mint-in-Box with Instructions $375 SOLD
Fiesta Red 

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM open gold
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $375 
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib.

A top color snork,  Fiesta Red looks like a mildly desaturated Vermilion. Finding a mint stickered set? Not an everyday event.  Superb in all respects. Water testing is fine. If you wish a fresh sac, one can be installed prior to shipping for $30.

Pen 2000  Sheaffer Snorkel Special. Pastel Green  $100  SOLD

Overall Grade: NM
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Perfect
Point:  XF Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $100
COMMENTSThe Special looks just like admiral at first peek- plastic cap and non-white dot. But this late appearing Snorkel model features an open white PdAg nib, unlike the Admiral.   This one is superb, with original model/price tag.

Pen 2047 Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman in scarce Peacock (not Pastel) Blue   $265 SOLD
Nearmint with nib grade sticker on section  

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  Perfect clarity:    NA PlasticPerfect
Point:  F Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $265
COMMENTS: STATESMAN correctly packs a plastic, white-dot, smooth clip and conical (Triumph) Pd Ag Nib.  Looks mint but water flush did reveal just a wisp of ink. Perfect nib-grade sticker remains on the gripping section. Whilst generally metal-capped Snorks tend to outvalue plastic caps (indeed, they outpriced similar plastic capped models at time of release), for the "tough" colors the plastic capped pens seem to pull greater demand, perhaps due to the charm of finding a given tough color on both parts of the pen.

Pen 2887  Sheaffer Targa "1058"  Burgundy Gloss. Late 1990's  $215  SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color: Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch: perfect clarity:  NA
Point:  Med Semi Flex Imprint: NA Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $215
COMMENTS:  Clean pen still with nib-grade chalk-mark on the gripping section. Nice nib full medium with wee bit o' flex in addition to nice sproinginess (geez, someone oughtta write a dictionary for htis stuff).

Pen 2885-S  Sheaffer Balance Oversized $240 SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:  NA
Point: Full Medium Imprint:NM Size: 5 1/2" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $240
COMMENTS:  Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. The number of variants gives Vacumatic a run for the money. This one is a full size (long standard) non-white dot pen with correct Sheaffer Feather Touch two tone nib. Clean pen with a 

Pen 2516 Sheaffer flat-top 3-25 Lady's Pen Black Celluloid  SOLD
 $145 for the nib. Pen attached is free :)
Monster Nib BROAD STUB FLEX NIB.

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: NA
PointMONSTER NIB  Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 1/2" 11.4 cm
PRICE: $145
COMMENTS:  A basic black celluloid lady's flat-top from mid-1930's. Non-Lifetime, obviously. An amazing nib, cutting a fine cross point, a medium-broad downstroke (stub effect) with high flex superimposed allowing a double broad downstroke when flexed. Smooth too. On final testing for the update, i noted the feed is having bit of trouble keeping up with ink flow. I will have it tweaked before shipping.

Pen 2856-S Sheaffer PFM IV (Pen For Men 4) Black $395 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:    Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
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 for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  The PFM-IV was the second to top model produced in all colors, but today is markedly more scarce than the originally more expensive PFM-V. No dings. Clean plstic.

Pen 2857-M Sheaffer PFM III (Pen For Men 3) Black $275 SOLD

Overall Grade:   Exc+
Metal:  Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Full Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $275 
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  PFM III has gold-filled trim and 14k inlaid nib.   Clean pen with full medium point.

Pen 2905- M  Sheaffer Snorkel Saratoga Burgundy $90 SOLD

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point Extra-Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $90
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib.  Saratoga is the most expensive plastic-capped non-white-dot model, featuring an open, two-tone, 14k gold nib.  VERY fine point. Smooth.

Pen 2908- M  Sheaffer Snorkel Special Pastel Blue  $185 SOLD
Uncommon Gregg Shorthand "G-code" Point.

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Gregg Shorthand Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $185
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. Special was a late entry to the Snorkel universe, offering typical appearance for non-white-dot line but fitted with open PdAg nib instead of the more common gold nib as found in Admiral.   This one is marked "G-6", with "6" indicating the Special nib and "G" indicating Gregg Shorthand cut.  Smooth fine-med line with this nib, which is described as ball-shaped allowing smooth writing in all directions.  Uncommon nib that carries added cachet for those who not only use but collect Snorks.

Pen 2984 S Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  Burgundy  $110 SOLD
Mint with nib-grade sticker on gripping section.

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  MInt clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $110
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. Two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. Smooth fine point. Superb pen mint with nib-grade sticker. May not be returned if inked/dipped, though as it is a fully restored pen, the one year function does apply :)

Pen 2987 S  Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign  $105 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint: NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $105
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. Sports the open two-tone gold  nib, as expected for this model. Smooth fine point. Sovereign is the only non-white-dot pen to sport a metal cap, and is well more scarce than the white-dot pens with metal cap.  This one is nearmint, with nib-grade sticker on gripping section and tag attached to clip. No dings. Smooth plump medium point.

Pen 2572R Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman $170 SOLD
Sage Green (an "intermediate" color)

Overall Grade:  Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity:  
Point:  Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.1 cm
PRICE: $170
COMMENTS:  CThe 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.  Statesman features matching plastic cap and Triumph (Conical) PdAg nib. This one also has matching gripping section. Sage Green, along with Buckskin Tan, are considered of intermediate collector cachet, well more scarce than the common colors, but not quite in the lofty range of Mandarin, Periwinkle, etc.

Pen 2430 Sheaffer Snorkel Special  in  Box with Instructions
Gray  $120 SOLD

Overall Grade: Near Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: Medium PdAg Imprint:  Perfect Size 5 5/8" 14.3cm PRICE: $120
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.

This one is near mint and stickered. Under the cap the gripping section is wrapped by the original "medium" sticker/band. Price sticker is not on the pen. Instruction pamphlet included, beneath the display pad.

Pen 1864 Sheaffer PFM I. Snorkel Filler Green.   $275 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Clutch  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8"
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS:  The PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. Indeed, A black PFM II that i once had on the site for sale, became my regular user at work and has been so now for probably a year.  The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  Gray is the most scarce color and whilst Blue often is cited as second least common, i find that Green is more difficult to encounter.  This one is a PFM I with chrome trim and PdAg nib.  Nice pen.

Pen 3025-R Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $550 SOLD
DEMONSTRATOR

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $550 SOLD
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. PdAg Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model.  Dealer Demonstrators are amongst the most high cachet Snorks found, and are up there in value too falling below the mythical all-Fiesta and solid gold Masterpieces, and above all other colors, even Fern (which probably is as scarce as the Demo).  This one has clean clear plastic. Sharp imprint.  Probably 75% of the original internal dark cap paint (placed to mask the adhesive) and no cracks. Couple stress marks only at clip insertion, typical to these once one tries to move the clip.

Pen 3026- R  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant  $300 SOLD
FERN

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect .
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  F Imprint:  NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $300
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. PdAg Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. Fern generally is regarded as the toughest color to find, though Fiesta Red-- more common in the usual half-Fiesta with metal cap-- is far more rare when found as a full Fiesta.   I happen to have one of those, but it is not for sale. Go figure. 

Pen 2983 S Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper $255 SOLD
Mandarin Orange. XF Point (with expected X-4 code)

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  XF  Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $255
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. PdAg Triumph (conical) nib, as expected for this model. XF point with point code on back of nib.  Mandarin is one of the six "tough" colors in Snorkeldom.  A  superb pen.

Pen 2855-M  Sheaffer Balance Long Standard $155 SOLD
Grey Pearl Celluoid. Feathertouch Line.

Overall Grade:ExtraFine
Metal: ExtraFine Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:  NA
Point: Fine Imprint:NM Size: 5 1/2" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $155
COMMENTS:  Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. The number of variants gives Vacumatic a run for the money. This one is a full size (long standard) non-white dot pen with correct Sheaffer Feather Touch two tone nib.  The cap is very clean with excellent trim, not easy to find amongst pens with chrome trim.  The lever shows light speckling and couple scratches.

Pen 2582  Sheaffer Imperial Solid Sterling $275 SOLD
"Zig-Zag Lines and Diamonds" Pattern. Probably 1970's-1980's


Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch: Exc clarity: NA
Point:  F-M Smooooth Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.2 cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS:  Very pretty sterling Imperial, Converter fill (included), in pattern well less common than the usual diamond grid. Lightly used with no dings. Super-smooth Fine-Medium wet writer. I'm tempted to use this one a couple months at the hospital before letting it go, but hey, I always can dig up another user.

Pen 2625 Sheaffer Imperial in Box  $225 SOLD
 Sterling Rhomboid Pattern.

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Fine  Imprint:  NM Size5 1/4" 13.2 cm PRICE: $225 SOLD
COMMENTSClean Sterling Imperial with box. Cartridge/Converter. Converter not included, though I can put you in contact with those who stock them, or probably grab one for around $15.

Pen 2607 Sheaffer Targa Model 1004x  $235 SOLD
  Lined Sterling Silver with  Gold Plated Clip. Mint. NOS Broad Stub Nib

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch  Mint clarity:NA
Point:Broad Stub Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS:  A nice example form my recently acquired NOS hoard. Unused. Broad Stub Nib. Converter included.

Pen 2614 Sheaffer "Lady Sheaffer"  Gold Moire Pattern  $125 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: NM clarity: NA
Point:  Fine-Med Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.9 cm
PRICE: $125
COMMENTS Dating to around 1960, the Moire pattern is shared with Lady Skripsert, of which I've owned a pocket pen set and a dual pen  Lenox Pheasant  desk base. Pretty pattern.

Pen 2619 Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman. Gray Lady Skripsert $135 SOLD
Gold  Moire pattern. "Brilliants" Cap-band

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  NA CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  NA Size: 5 1/2" 14 cm
PRICE: $135
COMMENTSAn Upscale Lady Skripsert. The ring of "Brilliants" at the pen cap-band is intact.  Pencil has metal band, which I'm told nonetheless constitutes a match for this pen.  Original Sheaffer clip-pouch is included.

Pen 2173 Sheaffer Lady Skriptsert  ~ 1959  $95 SOLD
Gold tone with red gripping section. Nearmint. Plump nib

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: nearmint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: nearmint
clutch  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Medium-Broad NA Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $95
COMMENTS:  Lady Skriptsert did not respond well to surface wear. This example, however, is very clean. Plump nib. Cartridge filler. Probably takes Sheaffer converters too. Funky pen.

Pen 3021 Sheaffer Imperial.   $275 SOLD
Solid Sterling Barleycorn  Pattern.

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Clutch: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTSBarleycorn Sterling  Imp in grand shape.

Pen 2872-M Sheaffer Balance Long Standard $130 SOLD
 Jet Black Celluloid

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color: Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:  NA
Point: F-M  Imprint:Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.8 cm
PRICE: $130
COMMENTS:  Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. The number of variants gives Vacumatic a run for the money. This one is a full size (long standard) White Dot (high line) pen.  Very clean trim. Sharp imprint. Couple light marks to plastic. Smooth typical Sheaffer Fine-Medium point.

Pen 2882-S  Sheaffer Balance Oversized $375 SOLD
Golden Pearl Celluloid 1936-1941

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:  NA
Point: Fine-Med Imprint:Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $375
COMMENTS:  Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. The number of variants gives Vacumatic a run for the money. This is the big boy, an OS pen, white dot (obviously) with two tone Lifetime nib. Nice fine-medium point, wet smooth writer.

Pen 2030 Sheaffer sub-brand WASP VACUUM-FIL 1933-ish
Marine Green with huge transparency window   $215 SOLD 

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Superb Plastic: Exc
Point:  F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $215 
COMMENTS:  Believed to have been the try-out pen for Sheaffer's dive into clear-barrelled sac-less pens, the Vacuum-Fil features Marine Green Celluloid, a Sheaffer style round-ball humped clip and a heckofa lot of transparency. Most of these are seriously ambered. This one pops.

Pen 2542 Sheaffer Balance Long Standard $225
Carmine Celluloid

Overall Grade:Nearmint
Metal: NM Color: Superb CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity:  NA
Point: XF-F Two Tone Imprint:NM Size: 5 1/2" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTS:  Balance is the second most prevalent pen in my personal collection. The number of variants gives Vacumatic a run for the money. This one is a full size (long standard) non-white dot pen with correct Sheaffer Feather Touch two tone nib. Superb visometer gripping section clarity, superb trim, superb color and imprint, etc.

Pen 2546  Sheaffer Balance Long Slender  $225  SOLD
Roseglow Celluloid ~ 1937


Overall Grade:Exc
Metal:Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads Exc clarity: NA
Point:   Fine  Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.6cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTS:  Roseglow is the Balance color of greatest collector cachet. This one is part of the "3-nib" line and has appropriate flat-ball clip marked "Sheaffer's".  Fine point nib. Excellent trim and color.

Pen 2630 Sheaffer Flat-Top Oversize set  $85  SOLD
From Vacumania's Basement


Overall Grade:  Good
Metal: VG Color:  So-so CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.2 cm
PRICE: $85  SOLD
COMMENTS: A worn but functioning OS Flat TOp Sheaffer. Brassing to cap rings and clip. Bit of movement to clip. Pencil mechanism uncertain. Pen does fill and writes well.

Pen 2522 Sheaffer Balance Oversized  $235 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:  Modest amber
Point: F-M Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/2" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: Clean Black OS from late 1930's.   Clean pen. Smooth point. Modest clarity left in the gripping section.

Pen 2353R Sheaffer Balance  Oversized.  Late 1930's $215 SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Fine  Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/2" 14cm
PRICE: $215 
COMMENTS:  Following the Parker Vacumatic, Sheaffer Balance sees the largest representation in my own collection. Those two series targetted similar niches during the 1930's and were in fierce competition.  This is the big boy. Radius clip ran late 1930's.  Here, we have a fine point monotone Sheafefer Lifetime nib, clean trim with just smidge of brassing to bottom edge of clip, scattered light marks. Solid imprint

Pen 2023   Sheaffer Balance Junior Roseglow  $150  SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Perfect
Point:  Fine Semi-flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 3/4"
PRICE: $150 
COMMENTS:  Roseglow is a high cachet color which looks rather nice with the white trim of the Junior line.  A very clean pen, the white trim- often a weak point on these- is crisp. Has bit of wear to capband. Clip, lever and most of cap-band free of any wear.  Nice color and imprint

Pen 2368 Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Set. Periwinkle!  $285 SOLD
 One of the "tough' Colors. Nearmint (maybe uninked) stickered

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: perfect clarity:   Exc
Point: Medium  Imprint:  NM Size: 5 5/16" 14.2cm
PRICE: $285 
COMMENTS:   Periwinkle rests solidly amongst the "tough" colors in the 1950's Sheaffer Snorkel series. The Sentinel packs the white dot two tone metal cap and two tone 14k gold conical (Triumph) nib. This one has matching gripping section and "medium"sticker still affixed to the section. Lovely set.

Pen 2046  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel in scarce Peacock (not Pastel) Blue  $255  SOLD
Nearmint with nib grade sticker on section

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: perfect clarity:  NA Plastic: Perfect
Point:  Med Imprint: Perfect Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $255
COMMENTS: Sentinel packs the two tone, white-dot metal cap and two tone gold conical (Triumph) nib.  Peacock Blue is amongst the very high cachet  colors  found in snorkeldom. Sentinel was the most expensive model to feature this color. Peacock is one of three blue-based colors found amongst the snorks.  This one is Nearmint with remnants of nib-grade stricker  on the gripping section.

Pen 2873-M  Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper  $100  SOLD
Pastel Blue. 

Overall Grade:  Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $100
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.  CLIPPER features conical (Triumph) PdAg nib. Very clean pen. Nice writer.

Pen 2877-M  Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel Pastel Green $110 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc+
threads:  Exc clarity: NA
Point:  Full Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $110
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.  Sentinel is a relatively high-line model, with white-dot metal cap and two-tone 14k gold nib. This one has a plump full medium nib. A nice writer.

Pen 2571R Sheaffer Snorkel Crest   $185 SOLD
Near Mint Tagged

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads:  Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Medium Imprint:  NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.1 cm
PRICE: $185
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.  Crest is an upscale model, positioned above the Sentinel.  Gold Filled Cap. Two tone gold Triumph (conical) nib. This one appears to have been dipped, but otherwise is mint. Still has price tag under clip.

Pen 2615 Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper Gray  $105 SOLD
 Original Tag

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: NM clarity: NA
Point: Fine  Imprint:  NM Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $105
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. Proper PdAg  Triumph nib. Very clean pen with price tag.

Pen 2617 Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant Gray  $95 SOLD
 Stickered

Overall Grade:  Nearmint
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NM
Threads: NM clarity: NA
Point:  XF Imprint:  NM 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. Proper 2-Tone Gold Triumph nib. Pen has price tag. Gripping section matches pen (not so common in gray). Nice Snork

Pen 2618 Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman. Pastel Blue  $90 SOLD

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: NM clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $90
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. Proper PdAg  Triumph nib. 

Pen 2432R Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman Set. MINT-IN-BOX
SAGE GREEN:  $245 SOLD

Overall Grade: Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: Medium PdAg Imprint:  Perfect Size 5 5/8" 14.3cm PRICE: $245
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. Buckskin Tan is one of the intermediate-cachet colors, well less common than black, burgundy, pastel green, pastel blue and gray. Note the slight olive color is artifact of the photo. The set indeed is Sage, not the more scarce Fern.

This set pops. Mint uninked with chalkmarks on pen and pencil and with correct set tag in the box Even the pencil has pristine eraser. Has the expected upturned PdAg Triumph nib, which water tests out to a nice Medium line. Despite its mintness this one is fully restored and ready to rumble. May not be returned if inked/dipped (water is fine), but of course the one year function warranty remains in play.

Pen 2323 Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign $140 SOLD
Sage Green

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine. Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4" 13.2cm
PRICE: $140 
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim.  Sovereign was the highest price point non-white dot model, featuring an open two tone gold nib, and metal cap. Sage green is a better color and this one features matching gripping section. Clean pen. No dings

Pen 1885 Sheaffer Snorkel Set. Pastel Blue 
Nearmint. Stickered   $110 SOLD

Overall Grade: Near Mint
Metal: Perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point: Medium PdAg Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $110
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.

This one is near mint and stickered. Under the cap the gripping section is wrapped by the original "medium" sticker/band. Price sticker is not on the pen. The pencil shows just bit of use to the eraser. The pen almost passed for mint. After an extensive soak of the nib, i was able to elicit the slightest wisp of pale blue ink.

Pen 1992 Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral Pastel Green 1950's  $100 SOLD

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: perfect Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Perfect
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: NM
Point:  XF Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/2"
PRICE: $100
COMMENTS:  This Snorkel Admiral properly features open-style gold nib, non-white-dot plastic cap and "Sheaffer's Clip".  This one  is like new with cap price band, but has met ink, thus grades Near Mint. 'Bout as clean as they come.

Pen 2624 Sheaffer PFM V GRAY   $795 SOLD
 Mint, Chalkmarked, Cellophaned, NOS

Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch: Mint clarity: NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Mint Size: 5 3/8" 13.6 cm
PRICE: $795 SOLD
COMMENTS:  The most scarce PFM color in its originally most expensive trim. Mint. Chalkmarked. With  Cellophane.

Pen 2595 Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper
"First Style" pen with Gold Snorkel 1952  $120 SOLD

Overall Grade: Near Mint
Metal: NM Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point: Medium PdAg Imprint:  Nearmint Size 5 5/8" 14.3cm PRICE: $120
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.

This one has the first style gold snorkel.

Pen 2616 Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel. Pastel Blue  $140 SOLD
 Scarce Broad Nib

Overall Grade:  Fine
Metal: Fine* Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point:  Broad. Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 5/8" 14.2 cm
PRICE: $140 SOLD
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. Proper 14k Gold two tone nib.

This one packs an uncommon (and stamped) Broad nib.  The cap has tiny dimple ding at top. I'm charging $140 for the nib. Will toss in the working pen gratis :)

Pen 2446 Sheaffer PFM III (Pen For Men 3)  $400 SOLD
Blue  Mint  Chalkmarked Sheaffer Factory Tray Label.



Overall Grade:  Mint
Metal: Mint Color: Mint CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Mint
Clutch:  perfect clarity: N/A
Point: Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $400 
COMMENTS:  Part of a collection i purchased from a Sheaffer employee, this one has original Sheaffer factory tray label (i'm told part of a teaching collectioin) as well as original chalk marks. The pen is pristine. It fills well with water with what i imagine is the original sac. May be water tested but not returned if inked or dipped. If you wish formal restoration before shipping, please add $35.

Pen 2417 Sheaffer PFM I (Pen For Men I) Set in Box
Burgundy.  $295 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Clutch  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $295  SOLD
COMMENTSThe PFM series is the oversized pen which employed Sheaffer's vaunted snorkel-filling mechanism. Usually nice writers, these are a terrific choice for he who seeks a big gripping area. The tapered shell and lack of a step-off allow for very comfortable writing. Indeed, A black PFM II that i once had on the site for sale, became my regular user at work and has been so now for probably a year.  The PFM has five trim levels found in all five colors.  This one is a clean Burgundy PFM I with chrome trim and PdAg nib. Pencil appears unusued. Pen is superb. Has a period box featuring Inlaid Nib Symbol, though I'm not certain if this is a PFM box or Imperial Box. Only box like this I've owned.

Pen 2407F  Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant $95
 Pastel Green

Overall Grade:  NM
Metal: NM Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:   Fine. Imprint:  NM Size:5 5 5/8"  14.2 cm PRICE: $95 
COMMENTS:  Sheaffer's massively successful "51" fighter during the 1950's was  produced in an impressive array of colors and trim. Stateman and Valiant  were identical save for nib composition. This one writes a nice smooth Fine  line.

Pen 2408F Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant $95 SOLD