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#1 crowdog

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 05:38

So today, skulking around my local antique shops...found 3 Sheaffers. It is the only type of fountain pen I have found around here. 2 were lever fillers, one looked to be a "balance". The other had a silver cap, and looked more "modern".

Then this one, which looked the coolest to me. I can't tell how it is filled. The end cap looks to be missing to me. I searched and have seen pens like this before, but couldn't find it again. So what do I have. BTW, the Silver cap was 14, this was 12, and the black.."balance" was 35.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 05:55

Marty, I'm not great on Sheaffers when I can't hold them in my hand and look them over closely so this is all just my best guess. The one in the picture is a plunger filler with (as you noted) the blind cap missing. It also appears to have a band missing from the bottom of the cap below the pocket clip. The lever fill balance might be an easy fix. They are almost as easy and forgiving to repair as an Esterbrook J. Even I can do it. This plunger filler can be very tricky to fix.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 06:01

Marty, I'm not great on Sheaffers when I can't hold them in my hand and look them over closely so this is all just my best guess. The one in the picture is a plunger filler with (as you noted) the blind cap missing. It also appears to have a band missing from the bottom of the cap below the pocket clip. The lever fill balance might be an easy fix. They are almost as easy and forgiving to repair as an Esterbrook J. Even I can do it. This plunger filler can be very tricky to fix.

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mmmm..that is kinda what I thought. It looked like the mechanism was "bent" to, as it came into the pen. It looks cool though. I will go back and examine them a little bit better.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 13:52

It's not a Sheaffer.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 15:34

Marty, I'm not great on Sheaffers when I can't hold them in my hand and look them over closely so this is all just my best guess. The one in the picture is a plunger filler with (as you noted) the blind cap missing. It also appears to have a band missing from the bottom of the cap below the pocket clip. The lever fill balance might be an easy fix. They are almost as easy and forgiving to repair as an Esterbrook J. Even I can do it. This plunger filler can be very tricky to fix.

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It is not a plunger (Vac or Wire Filler) it is a button filler and it is also not a Sheaffer.
Sheaffer did not make a button filler pen.
The cap band is missing. It appears to be a second or third tier pen.

IF the shop has labeled this pen a Sheaffer, you don't want to do business with them as they don't know what they are talking about.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 15:35

It's got its cap band, but it's totally brassed.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 20:31

IF the shop has labeled this pen a Sheaffer, you don't want to do business with them as they don't know what they are talking about.


Well... if they don't know what they're about, they might radically underprice something interesting, too. Just don't take their word for what that something is.

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 04:04

Well, Marty, I told you wrong. I'm sorry. It sure looked like a 1935 Sheaffer barrel with the almost flat tipped blind cap to me and the one cap band is there just brassed so it blends in. The clip is wrong for a Sheaffer of those years because they had a ball on the end. Well, now I guess we know what it isn't.

I enlarged the photo and the clip sort of looks like a Conklin from the late 1920s or 1930s (say, an Endura) but they were lever fillers. So no soap with Conklin.

Now if only someone will tell us what it is. Again, I'm sorry my guess was so wrong.
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 22:59

Went back to the shop, and it is a stratford pen in the picture. From what I can gather, not a great pen? I think the other one that they have listed as a sheaffer is a wherever. I looked it up, and from the look of it is a wearever pennant.

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 23:16

Okay. If you can get them for a buck or two they can be fun pens to fix up.

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