(On hold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Crest ("1500") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold-filled cap, and 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Fine nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5" capped and 0.47" in diameter. The Crest was the "flagship" of the Sheaffer catalog in the 1940s.
In the early 1940s, Sheaffer was the leader of the U.S. pen industry, with an extensive catalog, where even the entry-level pens were of outstanding quality. At the top of the catalog, sat its the Crest, the Iowa company's flagship model. The pen I am offering today is a beautiful, immaculate Crest that dates back to 1942, the early days of the Triumph line. The pen has two important characteristics that set it apart from later Triumph models. First, the barrel acts as an ink reservoir. It's semi-transparent, so you can easily see the ink inside it. Second, the pen has a matching striated section, which is as beautiful as it is functional, with a pleasant, "warm" feel that only vintage celluloid can provide.
Sheaffer attributed a large part of the success to their R&D laboratories. While most modern high-end pen makers focus on creating highly decorative, luxury pens, Sheaffer's attention was primarily on features that enhanced the pen's utility as a writing instrument. The Triumph truly was a triumph of ingenuity and engineering, yet it was also beautiful. The Crest is perhaps as much "bling" as you're ever going to get on a 1940s Sheaffer pen. It's a classy, handsome implement, made of extraordinarily beautiful striated celluloid, with a gold-filled cap with a subtle Art Deco guilloche decorative pattern. And it's in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. The material has great color, depth, vibrancy, and chatoyancy, the gold-filled trim smooth and glossy, free of imperfections.
A full-size pen, the Crest posts very well, so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. The pen is perfectly balanced, posted or not, with a large, comfortable, gently ribbed section and a wrap-around, two-tone nib. The Crest comes equipped with a vacuum filling mechanism, which has been completely rebuilt, functioning smoothly and holding a lot of ink.
The 14k Lifetime nib is a delight! In true Triumph fashion, it has two writing surfaces, a large sweet spot, and a soft feel on paper. It lays down a standard Sheaffer Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), and writes self-assured strokes in virtually any direction. The nib is perfectly smooth, but its smoothness is achieved by clever engineering and superb craftsmanship rather than by polishing the writing surface to an extreme degree. As a result, the Crest is a dependable writer that will never let you down, and, unless you're a fan of extra broad nibs, will bring you a lot of joy and help take your handwriting to the next level.
Speaking of handwriting, the Triumph nib is a fantastic tool with which to practice penmanship. Because of its forgiving geometry and a slightly upturned tip, it excels at writing long, rapid strokes that are needed for cursive handwriting. It truly is a precision tool, and it will not hard-start, skip, or starve for ink, rewarding you with a line that you can rely on for that smooth, flowing, graceful handwriting you want. And, did I mention it writes at the lightest pressure? It does, indeed, and, as importantly, it will take a heavy hand in stride.