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Touchdown (Early)

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Maker: SheafferFor general comments on the mechanism, jump back to the Touchdown page.

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Statesman
Valiant
Desk models

When Sheaffer made the transition to the Touchdown filler, they did not radically change the exterior appearance of their pens; the major visual difference is that the threads to hold the cap are chromed rather than gold-plated and there is a chrome trim-ring below the joint.  Most models were imported from the existing Triumph line, and the primary difference is a slight lengthening of the body to accommodate the new mechanism.

The last of the Tuckaway pens appear as an appendage to this line.

[important]The early Touchdowns are as unwilling to have the caps posted as the Triumphs were.  I seriously recommend against the attempt, as the interaction with the cap\’s metal interior is apt to leave marks on the barrel.[/important]

Production Run:1949-1950

Cost When New: See individual models below; for modern values, try this calculator.

Size: 13.3 cm long capped, 15.4 cm posted, 11.6 cm uncapped (Valiant measurements; others will be pretty close).

Body: Forticel.

Filler: Touchdown, capacity approx. 1.1 ml

Models in ascending order of cost:

Statesman: Open 14k point with platinum mask point, plastic cap.  Cost when new $10.00.  The Statesman lost its Triumph point in the transition to the new filler; compare to the previous version.

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Valiant: 14k gold triumph point, plastic cap.  Cost when new $12.50.

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Desk model: There were two models offered, the 92SD mounting a Triumph point and the 55D open-point– the latter was, as the contemporary Admiral, a lever-filling pen rather than a Touchdown, but they used the same bases. Cost depended upon the base, from $10 for the most basic up to $108 for a triple-socket set, which leaves out an unpriced but even more expensive model with little gold mascots on it.

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