(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway Sentinel Deluxe ("1250") fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold two-tone Triumph Medium nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an adjustment to ink flow and nib performance, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand).
In 1942, Sheaffer achieved what very few enterprises had before them. The Iowa company succeeded in incorporating their mandatory wartime production efforts into their day-to-day operations, while, at the same time, bringing to market the most advanced fountain pen, yet, the Lifetime Triumph. The Triumph was not just a nib, it was an entire nib and feed system, whose task was to deliver, buffer, and regulate the flow of ink. The system was so robust that it was broadly used by U.S. Military personnel out in the field, at sea, and in the air. The Triumph nib took a lot of advanced engineering, combined with personal attention by a team of experienced technicians, who oversaw the melting, forging, rolling of gold, fusing Osmallloy tips, stamping out blanks, slitting the nib, shaping, grinding, and polishing of each and every nib that ended up on Sheaffer pens. With tight tolerances and strict quality control, the Triumph nib was a significant departure from conventional nibs. A gold point with two writing surfaces, capable of writing in all directions without catching the paper, a forgiving, smooth performer, a nib that writes confidently, consistently, and one that adds character to your handwriting.
This particular Tuckaway was a top-of-the-line model, made of the gorgeous, gleaming semi-transparent celluloid, with a matching section, and a two-tone cap, this is a beautiful pen, and it looks as good as though it left the factory seventy five days, rather than seventy five years ago. Barrel transparency is excellent, the imprint is strong, and gold-filled trim in equally great shape.
The Triumph point is of Medium width (0.5 mm on my paper), which is rare for this model. Most likely, this was a special-order item, as the vast majority of Sheaffer pens of that vintage have Fine nibs. The point has a slight stub-like shape, which will give you subtle line variation. A superbly smooth, self-assured writer, one can easily imagine it being used by a high-ranking office executive, handsome and immaculately dressed, with the obligatory cigarette in his mouth and a gold signet on his pinky, the Roger Sterling kind of man. The phrase I wrote comes from an old penmanship book, frequently used by accountants, hence the quote.
The pen is portable, but it converts to a full-size pen easily and is comfortable to hold, even for people with larger hands. Sheaffer really did get the ergonomics of the Tuckaway right, and if you are a fan of the Kaweco Sport or TWSBI Vac Mini, you're going to love this pen.