Sheaffer’s Pen museum reopens

From the fountain pen of Richard Binder. There were many changes in the design, some quite subtle and some not so subtle. This article illustrates parts of several pens to show you the different features that appeared on the Flat-Top Sheaffers. This information can help you to determine the age of a pen you own or are considering buying. The information here is as accurate as possible, but you should not take it as absolutely authoritative. I am very grateful to Allan Fuld , who compiled much of the information and lent me most of the pens that are illustrated.

The Sheaffer Balance

Grandpas Fountain Pens. Home Contact Us Vintage Restored – coming soon! On the workbench – coming soon! Two black Jewel. Ambered, but transparent barrel.

SHEAFFER ‘DOLPHIN IMPERIAL’ Set Fountain Pen and Propelling pencil. Rare set, dating from c – made in USA. Black w SHEAFFER LADY.

This is the place to be for old ink bottles from the early s up to the s. Many of the bottles we have listed are strictly for the ink bottle collector. We also have a number of older ink bottles that still contain useable fountain pen inks which many fountain pen aficionados prefer over modern day inks. In addition to our selection of vintage ink bottles on this page, you’ll also find related items such as ink eraser fluids, rubber stamp inks and traveling ink bottle containers.

Vintage Bell with Bottle Opener on the top, ca. Fine Printing Inks. Very good condition and would look great on your bar. Of course it is perfect functional. Very good condition. Werer Co Waterproof Drawing Ink, clear oz dropper bottle with black and white elaborate label. Very dried up ink inside bottle.

Parker Date-Codes Reference

Disclaimer: this post contains PR samples; what follows constitutes my own opinion. The prices in this vary to fit various budgets. Disclaimer: the items in this post were gifted to me at my own request, for the purpose of review. What follows is my honest opinion. Pricing also varies in these guides, as a way to …. One of the best know names in pens the American brand Sheaffer produce pens for all budgets from everyday ball point pens to luxurious fountain pens such as the Legacy and Valor collections.

In all later pens, including the Sheaffer’s PFM (late ‘s) and the Parker 51 (​’s on), there Now we have another way of dating post war Sheaffer’s pens.

Intro: Sheaffer’s Snorkel Fountain Pen saw manufacture from to It’s filling system featured an extendable tube which allowed filling without requiring immersion of the nib into ink. Snorkel appeared in a broad color palette as well as in a wide variety of models, based on trim and nib. Snorkel was manufactured in one size, unlike the Parker 51 found in two sizes.

Collectors today recognize three collectable tiers of colors. Clear Demonstrators exist, which some consider a fourteenth color, but which others consider outside the spectrum no pun intended of regular production colors. The “common” color, Burgundy, itself has an early and late production hue, but most collectors do not value either more highly.

Not all colors are found in all models. Some colors can be found in all models even Masterpiece has a black gripping section whilst other colors are found in a quite limited model range. Most of the remainder of this profile will devote to identifying the 13 models, but for now at least consider the model names, in roughly ascending order of original price. Memorizing these models is no easy task.

My Sheaffer Military Clip Collection

Sheaffer was one of the iconic American pen companies, founded and long headquartered in Fort Madison, Iowa. Sheaffer invented the lever filler that was dominant during the golden era of fountain pens and produced significant pens like the Balance, the Touchdown, and the PFM. Sheaffer was one of the great fountain pen companies back in the old days and has always had a penchant for technological innovation in fountain pens.

We just rolled out our latest project . a photo listing of Sheaffer models. These are pens weve handled over the past year or two. It takes five w.

Ron Gilmour is a fountain pen enthusiast, would-be calligrapher, and librarian. You can find him online at Twitter gilmour70 and Instagram. One of the tragedies of history is that we can’t see things with the eyes of the past. No matter how much we learn about Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring , we can’t hear it with the ears of the Parisian crowd who rioted at its premier in Novelty, by definition, cannot be replicated.

This is the case for the Sheaffer Balance. When we see it today, it looks like a pleasant, but perhaps nondescript fountain pen. There are no hooded nibs or bizarre filling mechanisms. But when it debuted in , the Balance was revolutionary, simply because it was pointy. Torpedo-shaped pens are something we take for granted today, but early on, almost all fountain pens were flat-tops, or the ends were slightly rounded at best.

Museum holds rich history of Sheaffer family’s impact

The company was founded by Walter A. Sheaffer in Fort Madison, Iowa , and incorporated in [3] to exploit his invention of a lever-filling fountain pen. The brand was sold by French company Bic to A.

Sheaffer Model Identification. Part One: Early HR, Flat Tops, Balance, WASP, and Triumph/Crest. We don’t claim that this list is comprehensive or scholarly, and.

Lately, I’ve been so in the throes of my pen obsession that I’ve taken to coveting them. I’ll pore over the Fountain Pen Hospital catalog the just arrived and read the ad copy as carefully as a rabbi might read the Torah. In fact, I find myself believing the ad copy at times. My endless fascination with the Intrigue was one of those times. Hear the siren song: “Once in a generation a new design icon is born Somehow, I had my heart set on the whale shark pattern of the Intrigue and, as it was the holiday season, I made sure to publicize this fact to my wife and any other family members who I thought might be co-opted into feeding my habit.

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I am heading south on Highway 61 through ten foot stands of corn, the Mississippi on my left, the meadow larks calling from rolling hills and treed fence rows. The middle of America is lush at this time of year, and as I roll towards Fort Madison past prosperous Victorian farm houses, I am inspired to hope the question which has nagged me for so long will shortly be answered. On the earlier pens, the tipping material was attached differently, it appeared, than on pens made after the late thirties.

If you look at these early pen nibs under a microscope, at the margin where the gold and the iridium meet, you can see a jagged line where the two connect.

Diamine brand ink has a long and rich history, dating back to Diamine ink is produced in the UK and is made with a gentle formula safe for all fountain.

My first fountain pen was a Sheaffer cartridge pen. It was scratchy, and the tines were splayed. Complete in its original blister pack. Sheaffer Cartridge pen circa ink in carts evaporated. There was a pen that Sheaffer marketed as a school pen. It looked very different from these pens. Some of the earlier versions of the cartridge pens had nib markings of or

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