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Valiant Snorkel Pen & Pencil Set


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#1 corgicoupe

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 21:43

This was given to me by a friend. They were left by her deceased husband and his children did not want them. I'm hoping the price tags might narrow down their date. Price on the pen is $17.75, and the pencil is $6.50.

 

Both were in cellophane slip cases when I received them, and the accompanying paper seems to indicate they were refurbished in 1974. There was no ink in the pen so I assume it was never used after Sheaffer sent it back to him.

 

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 23:15

If you can lift up the tray, the original paperwork might be under there.  If so, look at the bottom of one of the pages, there should be a date code, written month/year for when the leaflet was printed.  A good indication of the pen set's age, it's from sometime in the 1950's though. 



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 23:23

The original instructions are there. In the Guarantee box it says
W-38 1-54 printed in USA.

That would mean the leaflet was printed in January 1954. I wonder what the
W-38 means?

Thanks for that info.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 02:12

Oh good, so glad you found the guarantee.  Not sure about the W-38 though.  If you're thinking of putting the pen into use, you should have it serviced first.  Even though it hasn't been inked since the early 70's, the sac should be replaced as well as the  seals.  Heaven only knows what Sheaffer's engineers were smoking when this pen was designed, it's crazy complicated but great to use once it's in good shape.  Sorry, I think I'm preaching to the choir, you've got way more posts than I do, you know what you're doing! Congratulations on a great find.



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Posted 15 October 2017 - 04:42

127 more is nothing. Just means I talk more. Well, write more often and express more opinions. Yes, it is a nice addition to my small collection.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:53

What a beautiful gift! Congratulations.


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 11:40

Nice gift. Congrats.
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 15:45

 You have a nice set!

 

 BUT the receipt is from the 70s or 80s.

 

 With inflation, a Snorkel by itself should be about 160$ or somethin' like that.

 

 I don't think the receipt is for the set, because 370$ seems to be a bit too much...


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 17:04

 I don't think the receipt is for the set, because 370$ seems to be a bit too much...


Receipt is datestamped NOV-1,1974 and I read it as for "Recondition/Clean" services of $1.50ea on 2 pieces, plus 70c return postage.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 02:54

 Oh whoops!!

 

  :P  :P

 

 (I was so confused about 370$$!!! Now that makes more sense...)


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 13:16

Would be a pretty rare coloured Snork to fetch $370 even today ;)

Ahh... back then a dollar bought something useful, didn't it.

Sea monkeys advertised in your comic books were a buck back in the 70s weren't they.

Intrigued by Twinkies too :D and I've only just managed to taste what a Milk Dud is.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 21:21

 (I wasn't alive in the 70s...)

 

 BUT I do own some comics from the 70s and I 'member seeing sea mokeys for a $1.75 or so.

 

 Milk Duds are just that. Duds.

 

 Hershey's are my favorite American candy/chocolate.


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