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Why are Some Sheaffer Snorkel Nibs Not Marked by Country of Manufacture


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 Just wondering why some Sheaffer Snorkel nibs are marked only Sheaffer,while others  are marked Sheaffer and the country of manufacture,Canada,U.S.A.,Australia etc.?

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In the case of Australian Snorkels, the nibs without country of origin were probably made in the USA (or Canada) and imported.  The nibs on all early (1951-c1957) Aust Sheaffer pens, including Snorkels, do not have the country of origin.  During this period, Aust Sheaffer pens were almost certainly assembled from imported parts as they developed their own manufacturing capacity.  The attached photo shows the nibs found on the early Aust Snorkels.  You also find USA Snorkels with these nibs.  From the mid-1950s, imprints on Australian Sheaffer pens changed and nibs then included ‘AUSTRALIA’ as part of the imprint. 

 

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 From your reply, it would seem the no country stamped nibs were made in Canada or the U.S.A. ,to be used on Australian assembled pens.You say some, U.S.A. pens will have these no name nibs as well.I suppose if they ran low of U.S.A. marked nibs ,they used the unmarked nibs until U.S.A. nibs became available again  or perhaps used up what they had, when Australian made and stamped nibs became available there?

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