Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF

(Sold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone, Triumph Lifetime XXF 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. This is a medium-size pen, measuring around 5" capped and 0.46" in diameter. It posts very nicely, so it should be comfortable to hold for most people.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I thought it important to start the new year with a great pen. I am so thrilled to be offering this gorgeous Sheaffer Statesman from the mid-1940s. Made while Sheaffer were at the peak of their technological prowess, the Statesman has all of the goodness the Iowa company developed in the early 1940s, including the gleaming, shimmering celluloid, the efficient, high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism, and the famous Triumph nib. The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement at the time, and, quite frankly, I cannot think of a way to introduce the pen. This is a real treat for people who love to write.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF, nib profiles, showing excellent tines alignment and tipping geometry. Also, note the clear ink window.

The nib is a rare XXF, laying down a consistent monoline of about 0.3 mm (on my paper). Today, XXF nibs are rather hard to come by. Realistically, your only option is a Japanese XXF nib, but then you're dealing with the usual limitations of a conventional, open nib, plus, the fact that it was developed primarily for logographic handwriting, where short downward strokes are most common. Such nibs are, therefore, somewhat problematic for traditional cursive handwriting, which requires rapid strokes in virtually all directions, including curves. 

The Triumph nib writes a super fine line, but without the usual sensation of "toothiness," without skipping, and never catching the paper. Whether you write with your arm, wrist, or fingers, the nib will continue performing at the highest level, with Sheaffer's signature willingness to write the instant you put it to paper. It's a super fine point that feels like a much broader nib on paper, thanks to its ingenious "rocker" design. A superb tool for the discerning writer!

The pen is in fantastic condition. The celluloid has such depth, such vibrant color, such chatoyancy. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong. Quite frankly, the pen looks virtually as good as new.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, XXF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac-filler fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone, Lifetime 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, nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth. I restore the vacuum filling mechanism by removing the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replacing it completely with a modern substitute. It is of higher quality and durability than the original. This is the current "best practice" in restoring these pens. This is a full-size pen, marketed primarily to men. It measures 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46".

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer Vac-filler are known for their large-capacity filling mechanism, but there are other lesser known features that are equally cool. For example, this pen has a cap that only takes a quarter-turn to close. Sheaffer went to great lengths to create such a system, and it required high-precision machining that the Iowa company had in the 1940s. Also, the nib has an additional writing surface, upside-down. It will give you an XXF line that is smooth and reliable (by design). Finally, there is an inner "cartridge" ink reservoir, which can be accessed by unscrewing the barrel shell. This is not a feature to be used daily, but if you need to know exactly how much ink you have left, you can easily access the cartridge. Nice, isnt' it?

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The Triumph nib probably sold as a Medium, but it writes closer to a modern Western fine. It is a smooth writer, tuned slightly on the wet side so you can enjoy that famous vintage gliding sensation. Cosmetically, the pen is in excellent shape, both the celluloid and the gold-filled trim. There are no flaws or defects. The imprint is strong, and the Golden Brown body is smooth and has a nice shine to it. A beautiful pen!

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Golden Brown, F, capped