(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign II in striated Golden Brown celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph F nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, an adjustment to ink flow and nib performance, and a gentle hand polish. I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components and specialized tools.
This is another interesting, rare Sheaffer pen from the mid-1940s. You might have seen another pen of mine, with a similar shape and a wire band, the Craftsman, but this is an entirely different model, the Sovereign II. It's a medium-size pen, measuring around 5" capped, and 0.46" in barrel diameter, it posts very nicely, so it should be a comfortable writer for most pen enthusiasts. Note that the pen has a matching striated section, a beautiful detail, and somewhat rare.
Let's contemplate Sheaffer's advertising slogan (the phrase I wrote) for a moment. In my opinion, it sums up Sheaffer's design philosophy perfectly. The Iowa company focused on creating fountain pens as writing instruments. Every element of the design, every feature was there for one reason - to enhance the pen's utility as a writing instrument. Today, a great many pens (esp., the more upscale models) are designed as luxury items, first and foremost. Yes, the can write, but most of the design effort goes into making them appear classy, exclusive, luxurious. Take a look at Montblanc ads, for example. Do you see pens featured in them? Rarely! What you do see is a luxurious lifestyle, gorgeous-looking people who appreciate "the finer things in life." There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but it is an entirely different design philosophy. The majority of modern fountain pen brands don't even make their own nibs. They buy them from third-party suppliers in Germany, Japan, India, and China. Vintage pens, on the other hand, received a lot of personal attention from a team of highly skilled technicians who ground and tuned each nib to perfection because their pens had to perform all day, every day, in the office, classroom, home, and out in the field. The pen I am offering today is a perfect example of that design philosophy.
Needless to say, it is an excellent writer! It lays down a confident, smooth line that is equivalent of today's Western (e.g., Pelikan Souverän) extra-fine, but was originally sold as a Fine. I tuned it slightly more wet than Sheaffer intended so you can enjoy that awesome gliding, hovering sensation, without the pen ever starving for ink, skipping, or skidding out of control. The lever-filling mechanism works efficiently and holds a lot of ink. I wrote with J. Herbin's Cacao du Brésil, a beautiful ink that is safe to use in vintage pens.
Cosmetically, the pen is free from any defects or flaws, and is in excellent condition. The gleaming Golden Brown celluloid is gorgeous, smooth, with a deep, rich color. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. If you see any dark spots on it, it's mere light reflections and shadows, difficult to eliminate due to the glossy surface of the trim.