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Hi folks,


I have a "fat" touchdown desk pen -- I'm guessing it must be a 1949, from before the TM, but correct me if that sounds wrong.


I'm looking for a holder for that size pen. I have a marble base, but not a correctly-sized holder. (Holder? Funnel? Is there a correct word for that part? The brass part with the hinge.)


Any idea where I could look for one? Anyone have an extra they are willing to sell?



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It's a socket - that is what Sheaffer calls them anyway. Not just any marble base will do but, one from the proper period. Technically, if you have older marble with a newer socket that can be correct as Sheaffer kept the marble in inverntory then mated it with pen and socket when it was sent out. I'll get some pics on this later. Wife's yelling dinner as I type.


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Thanks, Roger. Good to know,


My marble is newer (it had a socket that was too small for the pen) so maybe it's incompatible with the older, bigger socket.


If I look for a whole new base (here or on ebay, for example), is there a way to recognize which base/socket will work without actually trying the pen in it?


Enjoy dinner!



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The larger socket is going to cause you some trouble as it is unlikely to eyeball it on EBay. The socket will be black or gold colored metal but that is just the same as the TM models and snorkels. The base won't be particularly different either. I have very little in the late period desk bases or I'd probably have some parts hanging about. You could try going to pen shows and physically trying the pen. I have a clock set that has the large touchdowns in it. Bases will be black glass, Italian Marble, Brazilian Onyx, Mexican Onyx or Spanish Onyx so there are plenty of choices. Sorry, this is not an easy task.


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Thanks again, Roger. And oh well. I like the thicker pen, so I'll hang on to it in case I can track down the right base. At least I know what I've got and what I need!

Best wishes,


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