(SOLD) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Triumph Tuckaway fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone 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, a nib tune-up, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality materials and tools.
Could you imagine today TWBSI, Sailor, Kaweco marketing their pocket-size pens to women only? That would cause a boycott at best and, more likely, a law suit, and would, probably, put these companies out of business. But back in the 1940s, gender stereotypes were at the heart of advertising campaigns (well, they still are today), and the normalization of these stereotypes was commonplace. Yes, the Tuckaway is dainty, but it does convert to a full-size pen when posted, so the only reason to mention its small size is the fact that it makes a great pocketable, EDC pen. You guessed it, the phrase I wrote comes out of a 1940s Sheaffer advertisement.
Take the Tuckaway with you to work, your favorite coffee shop, or a trip down the coast. Experience its excellent ergonomics, the breathtaking beauty of celluloid, take advantage of the generous filling mechanism, and relish in the smoothness and confidence of the Triumph nib. I believe the Tuckaway easily holds its own against its modern competitors, such as Kaweco Sport, Sailor Pro Gear Mini, and TWSBI Vac Mini. Aret he modern pens as beautiful? Do they write as well? Do they hold as much ink? Are they as much fun? Only you can answer these questions.
This particular pen is in excellent shape! Notice the section being made to match the transparent barrel. It's, in my opinion, a better design than the later and more ubiquitous one with an opaque barrel and a black section. Also, the barrel is transparent, which allows you to watch the pen being filled (cool!) and gauge ink level with ease. The gleaming celluloid is free from any flaws or defects and the gold-filled trim is in equally good shape. There's just very faint surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye.
The nib is a delight to write with! It writes a Sheaffer standard Fine line, which remains universal today. It's fine enough for poor-quality paper, filling out forms, writing in your journal, but broad enough to enjoy the color, shading, and sheen of your favorite inks. I like to tune these nibs a touch above average in wetness, which is a bit more wet than what Sheaffer originally intended. Thus, you can get that nice floating, hovering sensation, but without flooding the page with ink.