Sheaffer 1920's 18K White Gold "Flat Top" Questions & Facts w/pics
Hi everybody, great to be on this forum, looking to date range this Sheaffer in my collection and get opinion on a few questions, I have and any correction to the info I have below.
Regarding the #2 nib:
Was there a hard start date to the nibs reading “lifetime”? Or, is this nib lower cost, therefore no life time warranty?
Was there a hard cut-off date to the earlier heart shaped breather hole?
Regarding the clip:
As you see, there is no Sheaffer name embossed on the clip, is this because this didn’t happen until a certain point or, that this, being a high end pen did not usually have that for more subtle appearance?
Regarding the model:
Would a model number exist on this? Is it an “18” of a type as I see referenced on www.pensacs.com or 1 part of a 2 piece and very high end “Gifties” set in the 1920’s? The Gifties, may have been only 14K I think. So, more custom order with in house jeweler’s doing engraving? It looks like the only 4.5 inch model made.
Has anyone seen this pattern?
I’m thinking date as 1925-27 based on clip style and barrel motif at this point.
The facts as I know them so far:
- All-metal barrel and section lever-filler, “Flat Top” in solid white gold (this version, 58.5% gold and 41.5% palladium I believe), reading 18K on barrel, cap, clip. Assuming the lever bar is also 18K.
- Hand engraved jeweler’s craftsmanship on barrel and cap with what I would describe as an Art Deco, geometric, leaf and sunrise motif. Right for the era and unusual on a Sheaffer? And, in my opinion a departure from the very ornate scroll work golds that are seen.
- Stylized hand engraved monogram at top of cap reading “B”.
- What appears to be a simple rectangular blank “cartouche” on barrel for further engraving.
- Cap reads above opening, in pre 1932/33 logo, in two lines, Sheaffer’s, Made in U.S.A.
- Cap has two fine breather holes incorporated into the leaf design and “hump” clip with ball tip.
- Round nib reads in two lines Sheaffer’s, No. 2, assuming 14K and a contrast to the gold used in the barrel for reference.
- Heart shaped breather hole.
- 4 5/8” (4.5”?) long x 3/8” diameter
- Weight 0.026g
Condition: (With full transparency as I know it.)
- Excellent used condition, clean, unrestored.
- Exterior - surface has fine scratches consistent with normal use on a 95 year old pen.
- Exterior – As 18K gold is a soft material there are some dings, the two most visible are on barrel end and the other is on side edge of cartouche. A minor few others that would need strong light to view.
- Exterior – very faint discoloration around breather holes that I assume was caused by ink aspirating from holes over the years. Removable I assume by a professional product or jeweler.
- Interior – Unknown but all seems intact, original ink sack has long ago turned to dust.
- Lever - still has a solid springiness and snaps into place.
- Nib – Excellent, no damage
Any further facts you may know would be greatly appreciated. Please ask any questions as well. I can post more pics too if needed.
I just took photos of this that last few days and can’t believe how difficult it was to photograph pens and especially a shiny one! Kudos, to all the beautiful photos on this site. I’ve got to figure out a method for taking pics .
I’m very pleased to know that this site exists with so much info and knowledge from all you and thanks in advance.
Edited by LuckyLux, 25 January 2019 - 23:46.