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Sheaffer was one of the biggest penmakers, and their main line offerings are typically far from uncommon. Yet Sheaffer made many models and variants in much smaller numbers, many of which are very hard to find today.
12009: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance: short stubby black lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, unusual reverse trim (chrome plated instead of usual gold filled), large White Dot, big Lifetime nib, some scratching to cap band and clip plating.
DATE: c. 1931 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine firm • $150
12093: Sheaffer Balance: uncommon miniature ringtop, 10.5 cm long, gold filled trim, in equally uncommon white-veined blue and black material; good imprints, only slight discoloration, 3-25 nib.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine firm • $150
12138: Sheaffer Balance: slender red-veined grey pearl lever-filler, 13.9 cm long, less commonly found with gold filled trim; flat-bottomed feed, #3 nib, excellent but for small patches of wear to the cap band.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $165
12100: Sheaffer WASP Clipper: silver snakeskin plunger-filler, 13.1 cm long, chrome plated trim, excellent barrel transparency, bold imprints, attractive golden toning to underlayer of wrapped barrel tube stock, #6 WASP nib; interest in high-quality Sheaffer sub-brand pens is on the rise.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • SOLD
12085: Sheaffer Balance: small "Roseglow" lever-filler, 12.2 cm long, unusual Canadian version with chrome plated trim, early-style ball clip, and Canadian 3-25 nib.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $200
12024: Sheaffer Balance: slender black lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim with De Soto automobile emblem on clip; section with ink window, #3 nib.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $150
12078: Sheaffer Craftsman: striated green pearl lever-filler, 12.7 cm long, unusual reverse trim (chrome plated instead of usual gold filled), section with ink window, #33 nib.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $120
12097: Sheaffer Craftsman 52: rare and uncatalogued "Fiesta Red" version of an already uncommon Touchdown model, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim with wide cap band, mint condition with original chalk marks on barrel; not a user -- sac and seal have not been replaced.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine • SOLD
12095: Sheaffer Craftsman 52: rare and uncatalogued "Fiesta Red" version of an already uncommon Touchdown model, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim with wide cap band, mint condition with original chalk marks on barrel; not a user -- sac and seal have not been replaced.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $200
12141: Sheaffer Imperial ballpoint demonstrator: transparent plastic, 12.9 cm long with tip retracted, gold filled trim, White Dot, pressing clip retracts and extends tip, insuring that it will not go into a pocket with tip extended; fully functional, no cracks.
DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: exc • SOLD
12136: Dunhill cigarette holder pencil: large, black hard rubber, 13.9 cm long, rhodium plated nose cone, Dunhill's white spot inlaid on barrel and on the barrel of the folding cigarette holder housed within; top quality English manufacture, appears virtually unused, bold imprints pencil mechanism propels and retracts 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: near mint • SOLD
12126: Montblanc 149 in box: classic oversize black piston-filler, made in Germany, 14.8 cm long, gold plated trim, brass filler threads, two-tone 14K gold nib, split ebonite feed, original nib grade sticker marked "W. Germany", end of clip custom engraved "NIXDORF/COMPUTER"; appears not to have been filled.
DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $525
12127: Parker Vacumatic Maxima: oversize golden pearl laminate, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, extra-wide cap band with fine parallel lines pattern, excellent barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, excellent transparency, black end jewels, aluminum Speedline filler, some wear to plating of two-tone Arrow nib, name imprinted on barrel.
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $485
12131: Parker 51: black Aerometric filler, made in England, rolled gold cap, notable broad nib with semi-stub tip; new sac, perfect transparency.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad • $200
12130: Parker 51: black Aerometric filler, English production, 1/10 12K rolled gold cap, good sac transparency, noteworthy factory broad italic nib, sharp cut.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad italic • $250
12128: Parker 75 in box: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL"; section with angle indicator, center "0", notable "97" nib has been given a custom italic grind, very sharp-cut for strongest line width variation; includes old model metal squeeze convertor.
DATE: c. 1971 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium italic • $250
12132: Parker 75 ballpoint: silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, cap actuated, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL", made in USA; no dings, plating perfect, takes standard Parker refills.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: exc • $175
12008: Sheaffer Balance 5-30: early production jade green streamlined lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, short section, flat bottomed feed, 5-30 nib; usual barrel discoloration.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine rigid • $145
12137: Sheaffer Balance Lifetime: thick stubby ringtop lever-filler in red-veined grey pearl, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, clean and lustrous appearance, noting one area of age shrinkage and an internal hairline next to the large White Dot (see details).
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine rigid • $95
12010: Sheaffer Junior Balance: small black lever-filler with inlaid abalone flakes, 12.2 cm long, chrome plated trim, Junior nib; outstanding color with bright clean trim plating, like new but for ambering of section ink window and one small dig to the barrel between the imprint and the threads (see detail).
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine • $150
12023: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance: black oversize lever-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, section with ink window, big smooth Lifetime nib.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $200
12080: Sheaffer Craftsman: black lever-filler, 12.75 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive wire-rim cap lip, transparent ribbed section, original price sticker on barrel; #33 nib has a semi-stub tip.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $95
12123: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel: unusual Australian-made black pneumatic-filler, 14 cm long, stainless cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph nib is a fantastic oblique italic; even wear, one shallow bump to cap top, in box for set but no pencil.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad oblique italic • SOLD
12122: Sheaffer Snorkel Clipper: "Peacock" pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, stainless cap, White Dot, palladium-silver conical M4 Triumph nib; rare version with facsimile signature of Ed Sullivan (signature worn), used as promotion for Mercury cars.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $350
12135: Waterman lever-filler: unusual and attractive, striated pearl, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada, notable factory stub nib with flex, opens nicely with deliberate pressure.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub flex • SOLD