(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac-filler fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone, Lifetime Triumph Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. I restore the vacuum filling mechanism by removing the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replacing it completely with a modern substitute. It is of higher quality and durability than the original. This is the current "best practice" in restoring these pens. This is a full-size pen, marketed primarily to men. It measures 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46".
Sheaffer Vac-filler are known for their large-capacity filling mechanism, but there are other lesser known features that are equally cool. For example, this pen has a cap that only takes a quarter-turn to close. Sheaffer went to great lengths to create such a system, and it required high-precision machining that the Iowa company had in the 1940s. Also, the nib has an additional writing surface, upside-down. It will give you an XXF line that is smooth and reliable (by design). Finally, there is an inner "cartridge" ink reservoir, which can be accessed by unscrewing the barrel shell. This is not a feature to be used daily, but if you need to know exactly how much ink you have left, you can easily access the cartridge. Nice, isnt' it?
The Triumph nib probably sold as a Medium, but it writes closer to a modern Western fine. It is a smooth writer, tuned slightly on the wet side so you can enjoy that famous vintage gliding sensation. Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, both the celluloid and the gold-filled trim. There are no flaws or defects. The imprint is strong, and the Golden Brown body is smooth and has a nice shine to it. A beautiful pen!