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Maker: Sheaffer

This page refers to the Balance model using this name.  You may be looking for a sub-model of Triumph, Touchdown, or Snorkel

The Admiral was well down the Sheaffer line-up, with the number 5 point previously seen in the 5-30, but it is in essence the economy version of the Statesman, lacking the slightly larger Lifetime point and the quality-indicating cap dot.  Depending on the age of the pen, the point may have a platinum mask, and may be marked “Feather Touch”.  This is a relatively wide-bodied Balance, and so when Sheaffer was doing a somewhat baffling division of genders in their 1941 catalogue, this one fell into the men’s section.

Production Run: 1938 – c. 1945.

Cost When New: $5.00 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: 13.6 cm long capped, 15.4 cm posted, 11.6 cm uncapped.

Point: 14k gold.

Body: Celluloid.

Filler: Lever, capacity approx. 1.1ml, or vacuum filler, capacity approx. 1.9 ml

Sheaffer Admiral, marine green striated with lever filler.

Sheaffer Admiral, Golden Brown Striated – which one can almost make out in this, possibly the worst photograph I’ve taken; I keep it only because of the rather clean ink-window.



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