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#1 PenHero

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:26

Hi, Folks!

 
This is a Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman in Buckskin Tan c. 1957-1959.  Buckskin Tan was one of the new Snorkel colors introduced in 1957 and pens of this color can have matching color sections, as shown.  The Statesman has a Triumph palladium-silver alloy nib (may be hallmarked PdAg), plastic cap and barrel, gold-filled clip and 3/8" wide gold-filled cap band.  Colors produced were black, burgundy, pastel gray, pastel blue (or aqua), pastel green, peacock blue, buckskin tan, mandarin orange, fiesta red, and sage green.  In 1956, the Snorkel Statesman sold for US $15.50 and with a matching pencil, US $22.75.
 
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Edited by PenHero, 20 November 2017 - 14:17.
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Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:38

I've got one as well, but none of the other rare colors unfortunately. Did you polish the barrel to get that glossy shine?

 

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:39

I've got one as well, but none of the other rare colors unfortunately. Did you polish the barrel to get that glossy shine?

 

Very nice!  Ron Zorn has a polish he recommends.  He did a lot of my Snorkels, including the one above in my photo.  Thanks!



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Posted 18 November 2017 - 12:22

Hi, Folks! 

 
This is a Sheaffer Snorkel Sovereign in Sage Green c. 1957-1959.  Sage Green was one of the new Snorkel colors introduced in 1957 and pens of this color can have matching color sections, as shown.  The Sovereign has an open 14 karat gold nib with platinum mask (similar to earlier Feathertouch nibs), polished stainless steel cap with five engraved or stamped panels, and a gold-filled clip with "SHEAFFER'S" stamped.  The cap panels are a set of two straight lines with a dashed and wave or ripple line between.  Barrel colors produced were black, burgundy, pastel gray, pastel blue (or aqua), pastel green, buckskin tan, vermilion (a tangerine), and sage green.  In 1956, the Snorkel Sovereign sold for $12.50 and with a matching pencil, $17.75.
 
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Edited by PenHero, 20 November 2017 - 14:17.
Corrected start date for new Sheaffer Snorkel colors


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 00:19

I'll see your Sovereign, Jim, and raise you a white dot.

 

A Sage Green Statesman set, one of the chalked sets I've been fortunate enough to find.

 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 00:27

Here's a pastel blue Australian Saratoga with a factory stub: 

 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 02:07

Here's a pastel blue Australian Saratoga with a factory stub: 

WOW!!



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Posted 19 November 2017 - 02:08

I'll see your Sovereign, Jim, and raise you a white dot.

 

A Sage Green Statesman set, one of the chalked sets I've been fortunate enough to find.

Very nice!  I have three Sage Green pens.  The one in my photo also has chalk marks.  Hard to find them like that!  



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Posted 19 November 2017 - 03:16

More chalk. Vermilion Admiral.

 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 07:57

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 16:07

Nice Roger! 

 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 00:21

A few that used to live with me.

 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 14:17

Hi, Folks! 

 
This is a Sheaffer Snorkel Special in Burgundy c. 1956-1959.  The Special was a new entry-level model below the Admiral.  It featured an open palladium silver nib, plastic cap and barrel, gold-filled clip stamped "SHEAFFER'S", and 1/4" wide gold-filled cap band.  It was introduced prior to the new colors launched in 1957 as the colors were black, burgundy, pastel gray, pastel blue (or aqua), and pastel green.  The Snorkel Special pen sold for US $7.95 in 1956 and the pen and pencil set sold for $13.95. 
 
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Edited by PenHero, 20 November 2017 - 17:10.
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 18:26

 

Hi, Folks! 

 
This is a Sheaffer Snorkel Special in Burgundy c. 1956-1959.  The Special was a new entry-level model below the Admiral.  It featured an open palladium silver nib, plastic cap and barrel, gold-filled clip stamped "SHEAFFER'S", and 1/4" wide gold-filled cap band.  It was introduced prior to the new colors launched in 1957 as the colors were black, burgundy, pastel gray, pastel blue (or aqua), and pastel green.  The Snorkel Special pen sold for US $7.95 in 1956 and the pen and pencil set sold for $13.95. 
 
 

Interesting! I didn't know the Special was a later model. I had a pastel green or sage green Special a couple years ago in mint condition and sold it, which I now regret. I've always liked the Script nibs, whether Triumph or traditional.



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 18:31



A few that used to live with me.

 

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Best Regards, greg

 

Hey, Greg, maybe your mandarins ran away to live with me?

 

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Nope, yours was a Valiant and mine is a Statesman.



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 19:46

Interesting! I didn't know the Special was a later model. I had a pastel green or sage green Special a couple years ago in mint condition and sold it, which I now regret. I've always liked the Script nibs, whether Triumph or traditional.

 

As far as I know, from catalogs and collector collections, the Special only came in the original Snorkel colors.  Have seen Admirals in the new 1957 colors, but no Specials.  The 1956 date comes from it being missing from the 1955 catalog and it appearing in 1956 ads.



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 21:41

Wow.  Some of these colors are pretty spectacular.  The best colors I have are (I think) Aqua Blue and and one of the more common greens (I think it's been ID'd as Pastel Green).  But the best nib I have is the semi-flex Palladium stub nib on one of the black Snorkels.  

No pix at the moment, sorry -- the pens are not with me at the moment.  

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 22:27

Beautiful pens, congrats to all - and thanks for sharing. A feast of colour!

 

Novice question: What's Saratoga? Is it a different model, or just a colour?

 

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 00:51

Beautiful pens, congrats to all - and thanks for sharing. A feast of colour!

 

Novice question: What's Saratoga? Is it a different model, or just a colour?

 

Thanks.

 

The Saratoga is one of the four open nib Snorkel models, the others being the Sovereign, the Admiral, and the Special. BTW, each of these four is pictured in this thread.

 

The Saratoga and Sovereign have two-tone nibs, the Admiral a gold nib, and the Special a palladium silver nib.



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Posted 21 November 2017 - 00:59

These pens are interesting not for their color but for their chrome trim. Sheaffer made very few of these. I don't know why but they're called "reverse" trimmed Snorkels (what's the reverse of what?).

 

The Admiral is mint.

 

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