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Admiral

Maker: SheafferYou may be looking for a different model of Admiral, depending on vintage; there is the Balance, the Touchdown, or the Snorkel version to consider.  This page refers to the Triumph era version.

The Admiral was one of the more protean pens in Sheaffer’s roster during the 1940s.  When the name reappeared after the war, the Admiral II appeared as a non-white dot version of the Triumph-pointed line. In 1947, with a dropping of the Roman numeral, the Admiral returned to an open point whose general description is not very far from the previous Balance model.  This later form of the pen differs from the Craftsman physically in the point, which is a number 5; that generally means it is platinum-masked and imprinted with the “Feathertouch” logo, but this is not uniformly so.

Production Run: c.1945 – 1950 (this pattern remained in place through the first couple of years of Touchdown pens, until the Thin Models appeared).

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

Size: 12.8 cm long capped, 15.1 cm posted, 11.2 cm uncapped.

Point: 14k gold, usually with platinum mask (usually).

Body: Celluloid until 1947, then Forticel

Filler: Vacuum, capacity approx. 1.2 ml or lever,  capacity approx. 0.9 ml.  Only lever available after 1948.

Sheaffer Admiral, persian blue lever-filler. This Canadian-made example has a #5 point, but no mask nor “Feathertouch” imprint.

A late US-made Admiral, showing the broad band that would continue into the Snorkel version, and the more traditional masked "Feathertouch" point.

A late US-made Admiral, showing the broad band that would continue into the TD version of the Thin Model years, and the more traditional masked “Feathertouch” point.

 

 

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