(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s Sheaffer Triumph Statesman 1000 in Black with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Fine nib. The pen is in new-old-stock condition, and comes with original price stickers on the barrel. The pen has been restored, which included a disassembly, cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle hand polish.
I rarely get new-old-stock, unused vintage pens, so I am really excited today to offer this Sheaffer Statesman. The pen is still stickered, which looks a bit unsightly, but collectors appreciate the presence of original price stickers. The stickers can be peeled off, and then the pen will be free of any adhesive residue. Even though this pen had never been used, I still restored it, as the moving parts inside the barrel have hardened over time and the pen did not create adequate vacuum to fill properly. You are getting a virtually new vintage pen in excellent working order and cosmetic condition. A rare treat! The Statesman is a medium-size pen, marketed primarily to men at the time, measuring measuring 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46". The pen posts very well, so it will feel comfortable even for people with large hands.
A lot of pen enthusiasts enjoy very smooth nibs. However, nib smoothness is inversely proportional to writing ability. There must be sufficient friction between the tip of the nib and the surface of the paper for ink to flow reliably and consistently. Otherwise, you're going to get hard starts and skips, and you will have to write with a heavy hand in order to keep ink flowing. Pen makers prioritize nib smoothness over writing performance to meet their customers' needs. As a result, it's common for even the most expensive pens to not write well "out-of-the-box." Such performance troubles are, in large part, attributable to the overpolishing of the writing surface at the factory.
Sheaffer engineers were extremely well-versed in nib performance and were able to create a nib that always feels smooth, but without compromise in writing ability. The Triumph nib, based on the rocker principle, has a slightly upturned tip, which promotes the sensation of smoothness and the pleasant, smooth sound. If you've never tried such a nib, do not be apprehensive about its unusual shape. It will feel just like any other great nib, except it will write extremely well, reliably and confidently, and a large sweet spot.