Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign, Golden Brown, Needlepoint

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign ("1500") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XXF (needlepoint) nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I restore pens in accordance with current "best practices" and I use high-quality replacement components and materials. This is a rare pen in the Sheaffer catalog, distinguished by its price code ("1500"), the striated section, and the White Dot on top of the plunger cap (blind cap). This was Sheaffer's high-end model at the time. This is a medium-size pen, measuring around 4.9" capped and 0.46" in diameter. The pen posts very well, so it should be comfortable even for people with larger hands.

Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign, Golden Brown, Needlepoint, with the cap off and the plunger partially extended

The phrase I wrote is a quote by the Sheaffer Chairman, made in 1942, at the time when Sheaffer was at the peak of its technological and design prowess. The Triumph point was its crowning achievement, and its story, well, "speaks for itself." A needlepoint nib is perhaps where the Triumph nib really shines. You get a very fine line (0.2 mm on my business paper) but without never having to worry about the nib feeling scratchy, slipping out of alignment, or catching the paper. It's possible thanks to Triumph's unique "rocker" design. The nib feels firm, self-assured, and consistent. A great pen with which to write a business cursive or learn the Palmer Method (or similar) penmanship.

Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign, Golden Brown, Needlepoint, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

This rare pen is in excellent condition. The gleaming, glowing celluloid is deep, rich, and vibrant, with awesome chatoyancy. Barrel transparency is excellent, as is the gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong. The pen had been used very little in the past and has been stored in favorable condition. The filling mechanism works efficiently and holds a lot of ink (directly inside the barrel) Here's your chance to own this wonderful pen. You'd be hard-pressed to find one in similar condition anywhere near the price.

Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign, Golden Brown, Needlepoint, capped.

Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign II Golden Brown, F

(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.

Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign II Golden Brown, F, with the cap off

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.

Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign II Golden Brown, F, capped

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.