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Suggestions For A Sheaffer Restoration


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I came across this pen that probably belonged to my grandfather.

 

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First of all I haven't been able to identify the pen or its age. It has a vacumatic fill and an ebonite feed. The ribbed section also seems to be made of ebonite and has some signs of whitening. The biggest problem with this pen is that the barrel has been sloppily glued to the section by some sort of adhesive, most probably many years after the pen was manufactured. The adhesive was quite brittle so I managed to carefully peel it off. What remains behind looks like damage to the barrel itself. The adhesive has dug small pits in the barrel material (maybe celluloid? Bakelite? I'd love to hear your thoughts). Even after the removal of the glue, I can't unscrew the barrel from the section and I'm too scared to force it. I'd really like to know what the pen is made of, how to restore whitening on hard rubber, what parts is the pen made of (threadded, glued) and how one would go about restoring it. I'd really appreciate your input on this pen as I'd be quite interested of restoring it myself.

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If that Crest was my pen and I wanted to keep as much of grandfather's pen as possible, I'd contact Ron Zorn for a Vac-Fill barrel transplant. You might have to accept another color if you're impatient. Your cap looks okay from the angle of your photo; dents are typical on the top, so it appears you're lucky.

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The picture shows what looks to be chemical damage to the barrel. If the section, the front part ahead of the thread ring, can be unscrewed, and it should on a brown pen like that, then a barrel replacement is the answer. Chances are that the filler needs to be restored as well.

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The picture shows what looks to be chemical damage to the barrel. If the section, the front part ahead of the thread ring, can be unscrewed, and it should on a brown pen like that, then a barrel replacement is the answer. Chances are that the filler needs to be restored as well.

 

Ron Z, would you care to PM me with the particulars and approximate pricing about sending the pen over to you? Thanks!

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You can contact me back channel by email - my signature line has a link to the website.

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