(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s Sheaffer Tuckaway Vac in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration.
The phrase I wrote comes from Sheaffer's advertisement issued around the time the pen was made. Gender stereotypes were exploited and normalized in product marketing, and the pen industry was no different. Throughout the 1940s, as more and more women entered the workforce, Sheaffer tried to tap into women's newly acquired income, appealing to their sense of femininity, and designed the Tuckaway to be the perfect pen to fit in a woman's purse, much like lipstick. Though many pen brands had their own version of a "Lady" model, the Tuckaway was, undoubtedly, the most successful thanks to its clever, timeless design, and unrivalled writing performance.
The Tuckaway is not merely a small pen. In fact, the pen is small only when capped, and it converts to a full-size pen when posted. It's girth is greater than most other "Lady" pens, which makes the venerable "Tucky" a great pen to be enjoyed today by both women and men. These days, the gender stereotypes used by pen companies in the first half of the 20th century seem unnecessary, even offensive, but you cannot deny the Tuckaway's sense of gentle daintiness, elegance, and class.
The Carmine celluloid is among the most beautiful pen materials ever made. It's deep, rich, and vibrant. The color depth, along with the subtle transitions in luminosity, make, in my opinion, such a desirable color today. This particular pen is in excellent condition, one of the best specimens of this design I've seen in a long time. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. There's just some really, really minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The imprint is strong, the ink window clear.
This pen is unique in that it comes with an XXF nib that is going to feel much smoother than a conventional needlepoint. It lays down 0.2 mm line on my business paper, which puts it easily in the needlepoint territory, yet you don't have to worry about the nib feeling scratchy or catching the paper. courtesy of the Triumph "rocker" design. Simply put, this nib has a large "sweet spot," which is virtually impossible to achieve by modern nibs of such fine width.