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Identification Help For Sheaffer Models


terim

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We just rolled out our latest project .... a photo listing of Sheaffer models. These are pens we've handled over the past year or two. It takes five web pages to fit them all in. We're calling it the Sheaffer Identifier.

 

Sheaffer List Part 1 - Early HR, Flat Tops, Balance, WASP, and Triumph/Crest

Sheaffer List Part 2 - Touchdown, Snorkel, Fineline, Imperial, PFM, Lifetime Cartridge Pen

Sheaffer List Part 3 - Lady Sheaffer, Quasi-Imperial, Targa, and Sheaffer School Pens

Sheaffer List Part 4 - Legacy, Balance 2, Nostalgia, TRZ, Fashion, Connaisseur

Sheaffer List Part 5 - Valor, Prelude, Award, Agio, VFM, 300, and Misc. Prototrypes

 

While we've tried to be as comprehensive as possible, obviously there are better and more definitive sources of model information, such as Jim M's Penhero site, the various model profiles on Richard B's site, and of course the wonderful www.sheaffertarga.com (luckily Gary does not charge me by the visit.)

 

We will add photos as we process new pens. We are including representative models, we aren't trying to capture all the colors or trim variations. We only want to use our own photos, so please don't send photos. We appreciate the thought, but we honestly don't have the bandwidth to handle submissions. Do let us know if you see a glaring error, though. (We know we are missing No Nonsense and the Old-Timer models. We're working on them.)

 

And since our regular photo set does not include posted pens, and we wanted to use horizontal shots exclusively, you will notice the lack of nib photos (though we will try to add nib info to the caption).

 

We hope the Sheaffer admirers out there will find it useful.

 

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A white dot balance should never have "junior" in the title as that is a non white dot pen. If it is small it can be petite or short but, never junior. The only Junior should say Junior on the clip. The early flattop portion is extremely limited but, then again, I've not taken pictures of my collection and put it on my website so person in glass house speaking - maybe I'll get a real flattop guide together. Anyway, the first section aught to be 1912- 1920's and the next one ... well the earliest thing you've got there is 1925 so 1925-1940's.

 

Roger W.

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Nice set of pics Teri, hope you'll be able to build on it to make it one of those epic reference sites.

 

D.ick

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georges zaslavsky

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Very useful and informative, thank you very much

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A white dot balance should never have "junior" in the title as that is a non white dot pen. If it is small it can be petite or short but, never junior. The only Junior should say Junior on the clip. The early flattop portion is extremely limited but, then again, I've not taken pictures of my collection and put it on my website so person in glass house speaking - maybe I'll get a real flattop guide together. Anyway, the first section aught to be 1912- 1920's and the next one ... well the earliest thing you've got there is 1925 so 1925-1940's.

 

Roger W.

 

Thanks for the input, it really is appreciated. You'll notice we mix words that are part of the original pen name with words that are describing the pen in our titles, so "junior" does creep in as shorthand to describe a smaller pen.... I'll see if I can control myself and call them junior-size instead. I'll save "petite" for the really tiny ones! We've got lots of flat top photos, but they are just different colors, so we haven't put them on. We'll only add models if they represent something that's not already there,

 

TERI

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Nice set of pics Teri, hope you'll be able to build on it to make it one of those epic reference sites.

 

D.ick

 

Now that we have it going, it will be easy to add more. For the first pass, I just went thru our product database and grabbed ones that had good photos. It'll get refined over time, I'm sure. Thanks for the encouragement!

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Thank's for starting this, Teri. I have often wished for a Sheaffer site comparable to Tony Fischier's Parker site: all the models by name, their production dates, variations, and something on what market Parker wanted for each pen.

 

You've already cleared away some fog from the Eversharp Symphony.

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Thank you for the effort to post pictures of so many models. One request - maybe nitpicking: could you size the pictures to scale. An Imperial II is noticeably smaller than a PFM IV yet they look the same size in the photos.

Thank you again, David

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Thanks for checking it out!

 

I get your point, and it's not at all nitpicky. You probably could have picked a better example because the Imperial II and the PFM IV are actually the same length. Compare the petite Balance to the oversize -- now there's a distortion for you!

 

But I actually have thought about the steps required to accomplish your recommendation.

 

1. determine a scale to use (i.e. one inch = x pixels)

2. measure the length in pixels of the pen in the photo (not the whole photo, just the pen in the photo)

3. look up the actual length of the pen in our database

4. determine how long in pixels the pen should appear

5. resize photo accordingly

 

Repeat 160 times. Yikes. Maybe while we're adding nib info to the description, which we want to do, we can add length info. I agree it would make the list more useful.

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Another option: from now on when you photograph a pen, put a measure-scale in the picture.

 

D.ick

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