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All pens shown are restored, in nice working order, and backed by our standard warranty
Details about each pen will be provided below.  

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Pen #2228   Sheaffer Crest      $257
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent - gold plated Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler: lever
Point:  fine Imprint: excellent Size:  5.2"
COMMENTS:   Made between 1942 and  1948,  this pen has a nice fine nib.  Maybe a little on the wide side of fine when it contacts the paper.  The section is exceptionally clean, the nib nice and smooth.  No brassing, no dings in the cap.   

Pen #2233     Ruby  Namiki Custom Impressions pen and pencil        $267
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: acrylic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  Filler: cartridge/converter
        converter included
Point:  extra fine
Imprint Size:   5.3"
COMMENTS:   Dating from the late 90s, these may not be the best known of the Namiki models, but the ruby Impressions is a gorgeous, well made pen.   The diameter is about the size of a 3 band Standard Vac, or Pelikan 600.  Not too thin, not to chunky either.  The nib is marked M, but has been ground to a smooth extra fine.  The pencil  has a push to click mechanism, and has 0.5 mm lead.   While you once found a lot of these on eBay, they're not as common today.   In the box with the original papers and the polishing cloth.  Pretty set!

Pen #2199       1024X   hallmarked Sterling Silver Sheaffer Targa   BP  $57
Overall Grade: excellent - NOS
Metal:  gold plated trim Material: hallmarked
               sterling silver
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none
Filler:  BP
Point:  NA
Imprint:   crisp Size:   5.1"
COMMENTS C. 1988-1996   NOS  Sterling silver Sheaffer Targa BP .  Working refill.
Pen #2220           Parker Royal Challenger       $187
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  see notes Filler: button
Point:  extra fine
Imprint:  extra fine
              2nd quarter 1939
Size:   5.2"
COMMENTS:   Parker Royal Challenger in the silver herringbone pattern.   The color of the celluloid is pretty good, really.  The picture is fairly accurate.  The clip is clean and bright, the cap band has been replated with rhodium with a solution that holds up very well.  There is some  hazing on the tassie.   Fully restored.

Pen #2221         Parker Challenger      $157
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler: button
Point:   XF  Vac nib
Imprint:  extra fine
               4th quarter 1938
Size:   5.1"
COMMENTS:   I like the size of the 1930s Parkers.  The diameter of the Challenger is just a bit chunkier than that of the Royal Challenger, and so more comfortable to hold.  The color of the silver chips in the celluloid in the picture is pretty accurate.  The trim while not shiny bright is clean with no brassing.  No dings or cracks.  The imprint while not deep is quite good and all there.  Fully restored.

Pen #2208      Aerometric Parker 51    $147
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  excellent Material: Lucite barrel
    Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  reproduction jewel
Filler:  aerometric
Point:  fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:   5.5"
COMMENTS   Fast forward a few years...  Parker changed over from the Vacumatic filler to the aerometric filler with its synthetic sac.   The clip was changed to the arrow clip, chrome plated, and the frosting changed to an etched pattern VS the  scratch buff pattern of the  earlier pens.  This one is  cleaned and restored., the cap refrosted with the correct modern  fine abrasive blasting.  

Pen #2218        Sheaffer Sovereign  AKA "Fat Touchdown"     $147
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   Filler: touchdown
Point:  fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:   5.3"
COMMENTS:   I find the early Touchdown pens to be more comfortable to hold and write with than the later TM models and the snorkels.  Not too fat, but chunkier.   The section on this one is darkened, but the nib is good, plating on both the nib and trim is good as well, no brassing. no dings or cracks.   The pen is restored of course, and has a synthetic sac.

Pen #2205      Sheaffer  Sentential Deluxe         $157
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none
Filler: snorkel
Point:   fine
Imprint Size:   5.4"
COMMENTS The Sheaffer snorkels were popular pens, made between 1952 and 1959.  The shear numbers in which they are still found in the wild attests to how popular the were.  I  will admit that I can not keep the snorkel models straight.  If it weren't for Fred Plewa's Pen Clips in Pen World a couple of decades ago, I'd never have it right.  This is the Sheaffer Sentinel Deluxe - two tone 14K nib, chrome cap with gold trim.  Even though they're the same except for the nib unit and the snorkel tube, only the Triumph nib pens got the white dot, never the open nib pens.   Fully restored with a synthetic sac installed (IMO the only way to go) and ready to write, and write, and write.  

Pen #2204  Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel   $137
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material: Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  
Filler: snorkel
Point:  medium  - marked M4
Imprint:  extra fine Size:  5.4"
COMMENTS A very clean Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel.  No dings, no brassing, clean threads and barrel band.  The imprint has W    W A Sheaffer.    Quite original, and obviously a goof on Sheaffer's part,  and it made it through quality control.  Quite interesting, though I don't think it impacts the value quite like an inverted Jenny....

Pen #2226      Sheaffer  Sovereign  AMA "Fat Touchdown"     $167
Overall Grade: excellent
Metal:  extra fine - gold plated Material: celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws: see comments Filler:  Touchdown
Point: fine Imprint: excellent Size:  5"
COMMENTS:   This is the last year production version of the Sovereign, so 1948.  Up till then the pen has a Triumph nib, this has the open nib   The nib feels like it is overly large for the pen, but that's what came in the pen.   This one is as clan as can be - note the bright clear celluloid on the section. No brassing,  no corrosion on the barrel band or threads, great plating.  Fully restored and ready to write.  I have to say, it's tempting to the pen and use it myself!

Its not an exact match because the cap bands are a bit different, but it would make a nice "set" with the Sheaffer Stratowriter below.

Pen #2140    Sheaffer Stratowriter     $67

Overall Grade: excellent
Metal: gold plated Material:  plastic
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: Sheaffer BP refill
Imprint: excellent Size:  5.3 "
COMMENTS:   Sheaffer made ballpoints to go with their fountain pen and pencil sets.  This is about the size of the fat Touchdown pens.  Its in excellent condition, no brassing, no cracks, excellent imprint.  The clip has the button on it to indicate that it is a ballpoint and not a fountain pen.  The section screws firmly into the barrel.    The pen has been udated with a Sheaffer "widget" adapter, spring and a plug in the barrel so that the pen can use a modern Sheaffer refill.  Cool pen.

Pen #2203   Burgundy Sheaffer Saratoga     $127
Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal:  excellent Material:   Forticel
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:   some wear to the plating on
       the barrel threads
Filler: snorkel
Point:  fine
Imprint:  extra fine Size:   5.4"
COMMENTS:  The nibs on the open nib snorkels were #5  nibs, or #74.  Not marked #5 Feather Touch, one assumes that this is a 74.  Nice nib whatever the case, marked  14K  Fully restored.    The sac is synthetic (PVC) to  avoid the sac failure that seems to be more common with the latex sacs than they were 10 or 15 years ago.  I doubt that you'll have to have the pen restored as long as the point holder gasket and 0- ring (both synthetic rubber too!) hold out.   These pens are nice, reliable writers.

Pen #2171      Parker Raven ringtop       $87

Overall Grade:  excellent
Metal:  gold plated Material:  celluloid
Nib condition:  excellent Flaws:  none Filler: button
Point:   fine 
Imprint Size:  4.4"
COMMENTS:   About the same, and same size, as the Lady  Duofold.  But the pen is marked Parker, and the nib "Parker pen not Duofold.  Every bit the same quality though, and many of the parts are interchangeable.  Christmas tree feed.

NOS Parker VP nibs       $67

COMMENTS:   Parker VP nibs.  We believe that these are new old stock.  All are clean and in perfect condition.  These nibs are untested so that they remain mint.  The nibs are not returnable.  Some are in boxes or sales packaging, some are loose.  You're buying the nib, not the packaging,  so no choice in loose or in the box.  The number of nibs per size are listed below.  Specify nib size when ordering.   Price above is  for  XF, F and medium nibs.
XF Fine Medium
6 3 4
We have one exotic VP nib available:
 - One #79 medium left oblique nib ( nib slants to the right). Nib is for left handed users.   $97.

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