I have three Sheaffer Targa Classic 1003 later model fountain pens that were purchased in three different places. The pens have 14 K nibs, two have M nib and one has F nib.
I noticed a few differences between the pens. Two pens, which I would call "style 1" have the words "Sheaffer USA" engraved on the crown on the top of the cap, while the other pen ("style 2") has "Sheaffer USA" printed in black on the bottom of the cap. The nibs are also marked slightly different. Style 1nibs have the gold standard stamp on the middle left side of the nib, while style 2 has "USA" instead of the gold standard stamp. Other than that, both nibs seem the same, and I haven't noticed any other external or internal visible differences.
Here are some pictures. Does anyone know the reason for these differences? Different production locations or production dates? One of the style 1 pens was bought new (or NOS) at a store Israel in 2004. The two others were bought on eBay from different sellers in the US (style 1) and in Australia (style 2) in 2014.
This picture shows part of the "Sheaffer USA" printed in black at the bottom of the cap
This picture shows both types of nibs. The left one has "USA" above the 585 (style 2), the right one has the gold standard stamp (style 1).
Here you can see the two nibs, and the engraved "Sheaffer USA" on the top of the cap in style 1.
Edited by lisadan, 17 November 2014 - 02:04.