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A Nice Example Of A Rare Sheaffer Model



kirchh

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In the late 1920s, Sheaffer produced a flat top fountain pen model with a black screw-in quill at the bottom end of the barrel and a ringtop cap. This model was a direct forerunner of the Balance model which followed shortly thereafter, as my article Origin of the Sheaffer Balance discusses.

 

Though the flat top quilled pen is scarce, there is a truly rare model in the same family. This model, which does not appear in any known catalogs or other Sheaffer materials that have come to light to date, also represents an important piece of evidence in the early evolution of the Balance. I've recently acquired a new-old-stock example of this pen:

 

http://home.comcast.net/~kirchh/Misc/K74TC%5BFTQ%5D_1.jpg

 

This model likely came just after the ringtop quilled flat top model (which was only listed in Jade in its one appearance in the 1928 catalog), but prior to the addition of the symmetrically-tapered Balance items, which first were offered at the end of 1928. At the time, most Sheaffer models did not have names; this pen's model symbol was K74TC, a designation used for the true Balance of the same girth which likely followed almost immediately.

 

--Daniel

"The greatest mental derangement is to believe things because we want them to be true, not because we observe that they are in effect." --Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Daniel Kirchheimer
Specialty Pen Restoration
Authorized Sheaffer/Parker/Waterman Vintage Repair Center
Purveyor of the iCroScope digital loupe

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Just only one simple idea more afther reading your article Origin of the Sheaffer Balance. If in the late '20s the phone was known in U.S.A. mostly as telephone the "T" could to be "Telephone". When I was a child, ballpoints and pencils with these terminations were used to facilitate use the dial phone. This is only one simple idea more.

 

Although Tapered also has great force. I have Sheaffer set desks with longer tapered -85 mm- but one of them has a shorter -54 mm- tapered.

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Just only one simple idea more afther reading your article Origin of the Sheaffer Balance. If in the late '20s the phone was known in U.S.A. mostly as telephone the "T" could to be "Telephone". When I was a child, ballpoints and pencils with these terminations were used to facilitate use the dial phone. This is only one simple idea more.

 

Although Tapered also has great force. I have Sheaffer set desks with longer tapered -85 mm- but one of them has a shorter -54 mm- tapered.

 

The article specifically addresses this speculation and explains why it is unfounded.

 

--Daniel

"The greatest mental derangement is to believe things because we want them to be true, not because we observe that they are in effect." --Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Daniel Kirchheimer
Specialty Pen Restoration
Authorized Sheaffer/Parker/Waterman Vintage Repair Center
Purveyor of the iCroScope digital loupe

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georges zaslavsky

nice and uncommon :thumbup:

Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

 

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