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.
|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.|
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).
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.
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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