Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize fountain pen and mechanical pencil set in original box, in Golden Brown celluloid, with a matching striated section, a transparent barrel, gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Fine 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. The pencil has also been restored to full function, it takes standard 0.9 mm refills, available today.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's crowning achievement, the now very rare Oversize Valiant, with the efficient, high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism (up to 1.8 ml using the two-stroke method), made out of the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a matching section, a transparent barrel, and, of course, the Lifetime Triumph nib. In my opinion, this particular model is the Iowa company's greatest technological accomplishment. A perfect marriage of design and engineering, a union so desirable and yet so elusive. 

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also note the clear barrel transparency

The pen is large, by vintage standards, it posts very well, and so it should be comfortable to hold for most fountain pen enthusiasts. With its superb ergonomics, a slightly textured section, the pen will lend itself to hours of effortless writing. The Triumph nib is so forgiving, so smooth, capable of rapid strokes in virtually all directions. Whether you're right or left-handed, whether you use the tripod or the death grip, whether you right with a featherweight pressure or a heavy hand, the nib will conform to your needs with willingness and ease. It lays down a standard Sheaffer Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), which puts it in-between modern Western XF and F. The nib is firm, but feels somewhat soft on paper. It's not glassy smooth, but it's not meant to be! It has just enough tooth to provide a seamless connection to the paper, but without feeling unpleasant in any way.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F, capped

The set is in excellent condition and comes in its original box. There's one small round blemish on the pencil's body, possibly a flaw in the material, but it's hard to say. It's small, but it's there, so I must point it out. Otherwise, the set is in fantastic shape, with a truly beautiful, vibrant, rich celluloid, excellent barrel transparency, and a strong imprint.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, F, in box

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F

(Sold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Craftsman Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Fine 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 (by hand). This is a medium-size pen measuring a little over 5" capped and 0.44" in diameter. It posts very well, and writes a true-to-size Fine line of about 0.4 mm, so it's possible it sold as a Medium.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

One of the most intractable problems that a fountain pen designer must try to solve is handling the expansion of ink due to changes in temperature and pressure. Today, sadly, but understandably, most pen makers focus on aesthetics rather than engineering aspects of pen design, and, as a result, most pens made today employ a similar, simple method of regulating flow, i.e.,  a plastic (or, rarely, ebonite) feed with a relatively larger surface area and one (sometimes two) channels. As a result, modern pens are not particularly good at dealing with ink flow fluctuations, particularly those due to changes in temperature. We keep hearing stories of pens "exploding," leaking, burping, when the temperature or atmospheric pressure go up or down by a significant amount.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also, note the oversize ebonite feed

In the early 1940s, Sheaffer brought to market its own solution to regulating ink flow, the Triumph system. The Triumph solves the ink expansion problem by providing an oversize ebonite feed with a larger surface area and one larger channel that runs inside it. The feed is enclosed inside a cylinder made of 14k gold, which offers an additional buffering capability and further protects the system against external factors, such as drying out. By today's standards, the Triumph is "ahead of anything in the field" despite predating modern pens by more than half a century. 

What this means to us, writers, is that a Triumph pen is going to give us that silky smooth, well-controlled, generous, steady, and delightful flow of ink, regardless of atmospheric conditions, and will be resilient against quirks of ink, paper, and writing technique. The pen I'm offering today is a great specimen of the Triumph, in fantastic condition, and made of the highly coveted Carmine celluloid. And, it's priced well below most modern pens of comparable features and performance.

The nib, which probably sold as a Medium, lays down a generous Fine line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper). The oversize feed keeps the flow steady and consistent. The nib is firm but feels smooth and soft on paper, thanks to its ingenious upturned design and the vibration dampening properties of the gold point. Cosmetically, it's great! The gleaming, vibrant Carmine celluloid is so gorgeous, and irresistibly so. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape. The imprint is strong.

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize fountain pen in striated Marine Gold celluloid, with gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough but gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This was Sheaffer's largest pen at the time, marketed primarily towards men, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, uncapped

I've been getting a lot of questions regarding penmanship, and, in particular, advice on what fountain pens are most suitable for learning/improving one's handwriting. I appreciate the questions very much. However, it's somewhat difficult to come up with a good answer because handwriting is an incredibly personal thing, so generalizations, typically, are not very helpful. Still, if I were to pick one pen that is particularly suitable for penmanship improvement, it's the Sheaffer Triumph. If you have larger hands, then the Oversize model, such as this one, would be great.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

Sheaffer developed a truly unique nib and feed system for their 1942 Triumph. It was a radical departure from the conventional "open" nib, offering substantial improvements in ink delivery and writing performance. What makes the Triumph so good is its ability to write a consistent, fine monoline (this pen lays down a 0.3 mm line on my paper), without ever feeling scratchy or catching the paper. When we learn penmanship, we are required to practice a lot of rapid strokes, up, down, across, and curved. A conventional nib is going to have to be held in a strictly constant position about the page (the "sweet spot") in order not to catch the paper or refuse to write altogether. The Triumph nib, on the other hand, has a very larger sweet spot and is much more forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Whether you write with your arm, hand, or fingers, the nib is going to respond in a very self-assured, resolute manner, giving you the confidence you need to keep improving. And, most importantly, it will make the otherwise tedious learning process that much more enjoyable thanks to to its easy, flowing, almost hovering movement.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib close-up, with the rare matching section

This pen is in excellent condition, both functionally and cosmetically, holding up to 1.7 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, just very minor surface wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, including the cap threads, which typically did not wear very well on this model. Barrel transparency is very good. The imprint is strong. Note that this is the more rare and desirable early model, with a matching section and the barrel acting as the ink reservoir.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Carmine Red celluloid, with a gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XXF nib. The pen comes with a matching mechanical pencil. Both the pen and pencil have been completely overhauled and function up to Sheaffer's factory specification. The pen has been disassembled, gently cleaned, the filling mechanism was rebuilt, the nib was tuned for optimal performance, ink flow was adjusted, and it was given a quick hand polish with a soft cloth.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I have been hoping to have a nice offer during the holiday season, and I am so excited to have found a great Sheaffer pen and pencil set for you this year. This is a superb kit, ideal for the passionate writer. If you write a business cursive, Spencerian penmanship, or American Cursive Handwriting, this set will work like a dream. Whether you're an experienced scribe or just starting out, having the right tool is crucial, and, fortunately, this wartime fountain pen is among the best cursive writers I've ever tested. And, best of all, it is in awesome shape!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, nib profile, showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also, note the transparent barrel showing the background through.

What makes this fountain pen a superb cursive writer is the very fact that it was designed, from ground up, specifically, for business penmanship. Made during an era when handwriting ruled supreme, the Triumph is an utterly enjoyable writing instrument, rewarding its owner with consistent and forgiving performance, day in, day out. The Triumph nib, designed on the "rocker" principle, offers a firm, yet cushioned ride, accommodating a variety of grips, angles, and degrees of writing pressure. Despite having a very fine point (0.3 mm on my paper), it never feels scratchy, or even toothy, never catching the paper, even in rapid upward strokes, virtually regardless of its rotation about the page. And if you need an ultra XF line, simply flip it upside down, it was designed to write that way, too!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, close-up of the beautiful material and strong imprint

The high-capacity, efficient vacuum-filled mechanism ensures long writing sessions between fills, and the transparent barrel allows you to see the ink sloshing around inside it. The gleaming, shimmering celluloid has a deep, rich, vibrant color and awesome chatoyancy. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape, adding a tiny bit of luxury and "bling" to the set. Last. but not least, the pencil works flawlessly, comes with a full eraser, and is ready for the standard 0.9 mm refill.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Carmine Red, XXF, capped

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M

(Sold) This is a late 1930s White Dot Sheaffer Balance "1000" Vac full-size fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Medium nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a large pen, just shy of being Oversize, measuring around 5.3" capped and 0.47" in diameter.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's Balance has been one of the most influential fountain pens ever made. And for good reason. A supremely comfortable pen to hold, posted or not, this particular "1000" model will fit most people's hands like a glove. The celloid, being a truly organic material, feels somewhat warm to the touch, filling you with such joy. It's a pen that, much like a classic Stradivarius violin, just begs to be used, and when you do, you're rewarded with an extraordinary writing experience. 

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib profile

The pen's as beautiful as it is functional. The celluloid explodes in a rainbow of warm tones, with incredible depth and chatoyancy. Its semi-transparent barrel allows you to see the ink inside, sloshing around, and to gauge its remaining level with ease. The slightly tapered section is comfortable and will accommodate a broad variety of grips and holding angles. Unlike the majority of modern fine fountain pens, the cap is extremely lightweight and posts very well, without altering the pen's excellent balance. The filling mechanism has been completely rebuilt and now holds over 2 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method).

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib close-up

But, despite all that, it is the nib that steals the show. It's as if the rest of the pen is just the support act; the nib is THAT good. Thanks to its slightly upturned tip (a design perfected and popularized by Sheaffer), the nib feels incredibly smooth, without being overpolished; soft, despite being firm, and forgiving, despite having a standard, round writing surface geometry. I also really love the two-tone look, also perfected by Sheaffer in the 1930s.

This nib is of a somewhat rare, Medium, width. It's quite possible it sold as a Broad, as it easily reaches 0.6 mm (on my paper), with a luscious, juicy line. I'd bet this pen was special-ordered as a dedicated office pen, for writing checks, signing documents, etc. Today, because our handwriting has changed so dramatically over the past several decades, a broader nib is preferred by a lot of pen enthusiasts, but broader nibs are rather scarce in the vintage world. Therefore, I am particularly pleased to offer this nib today, hoping that it answers the requests for such a nib that I've received lately.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Full-Size Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize ("1250") fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XF 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 polish with a soft cloth. The pencil has also been restored to full functionality, except the eraser is used up. The pen measures about 5.2" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer's advertising slogan, "This is the time to write," fits the Valiant I'm offering today perfectly! This is, truly, the kind of pen that just wants you to write with it and rewards you, each and every time, with incredibly satisfying, dependable performance. A large pen, the Valiant fits your hand like a glove, posted or not, and gives you that highly desirable cushioned ride across the paper. The nib is firm and has an XF point (about 0.3 mm on my paper), yet avoids feeling toothy, much like a lot of modern nibs of equal width do. That's thanks to the Iowa company's ingenious "rocker" design of the Triumph nib. It's a nib that doesn't have to be overpolished to feel smooth, and, as a result, never falters, never skips, or starves for ink.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, nib tune-up

This is a somewhat rare model with a matching striated section and a transparent barrel, which also serves as an ink reservoir. This is preferred by collectors over the later model, which comes with a black section and a plastic inner sleeve, a sort of cartridge for storing ink inside the pen. The pen is made of the beautiful, striated celluloid that explodes into a multitude of shimmering tones, with incredible depth and chatoyancy. It's also very vibrant, with a deep, rich, gleaming dominant browns. The vacuum filing mechanism has been completely rebuilt, works efficiently, and holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). There are no flaws or defects, either in the material or gold-filled trim, and the imprint is crisp. A fantastic specimen of Sheaffer's wartime flagship pen.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Oversize Fountain Pen and Pencil Set, Golden Brown, XF

 

 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Medium 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 polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.46" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

"Here's a product utterly new, far ahead of anything in the field, and yet it includes many of the basic fundamentals that were engineered by us from the very beginning." This quote, and the one I wrote by hand, both come from Sheaffer's Chairman's remarks made around 1942. Sheaffer's Triumph point was a huge departure from "conventional" fountain pen designs, a pen so sophisticated, so brilliant in its design and craftsmanship quality, that it created a major shift (today, we'd call it a disruption) in the U.S. fountain pen industry.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib profile

Sheaffer didn't just design another fountain pen, they engineered a writing machine, a self-contained system for delivering ink onto paper. We are fortunate that we can still enjoy these pens today, as many of them survived in storage, and, if restored well, they can be incredibly dependable and enjoyable writing instruments rivaling even the most expensive modern European and Japanese fine pens. 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, nib close-up

The pen I am offering today is a great specimen of the Triumph Vac-filler. It's got the Iowa company's wartime DNA, including the gorgeous striated Golden Brown celluloid, the efficient, high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism, and, of course, the Triumph gold point. The pen is in excellent condition, without any flaws or defects. Barrel transparency is excellent, as is the gold-filled trim. A gorgeous pen!

The pen comes with a rare Medium nib. Such nibs weren't very popular back in the 1940s, as the ubiquitous business cursive required a very fine point. This pen was likely special-ordered to be used as a dedicated signature pen. Since handwriting has changed rather dramatically over the past few decades,  broader nibs are much more practical, and so here's a rare chance for you to own a gorgeous vintage pen with a Medium nib (about 0.6 mm on my paper). 

The nib writes a supremely smooth, confident line, as if developing a connection to the page, and, hence to your thoughts, getting out of the way of your writing, providing a cushioned, gliding movement, expertly dampening vibrations along the way. And if you need a finer line, simply flip the nib upside down. It was designed to be able to write this way, too.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Golden Brown, M, capped

 

 

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF

(Sold) This is a late 1930s White Dot Sheaffer Balance Vac-filler in striated Marine Green celluloid with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime XXF 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 hand polish. This is a full-length slender White Dot Balance, measuring 5.4" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.42". I work according to current best practices in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement components.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

In the 1930s, the fountain pen was the writing instrument of choice in the office. Most office personnel would have outstanding penmanship and employ it all day, every day for the majority of clerical tasks. The Balance was Sheaffer's most successful model, and the White Dot Lifetime variant, carrying lifetime warranty, was its flagship. It was was beautiful as it was functional. A truly superb example of the successful marriage of art and engineering.

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The phrase I wrote comes from an old penmanship book, used frequently to train office workers. I can easily imagine the pen I'm offering today in the hand of an a book keeper, a secretary, or an office manager. Thanks to its large ink capacity, it probably needed filling once a week, and thanks to its fantastic XXF nib, it was most likely a very versatile tool, capable of writing a precise line on all kinds of paper, including carbon copy.

How does it write? I'd describe this nib as very precise. Ink flow is a touch above average, which gives you most options in terms of ink and paper choices. Fill with an iron-gall dry ink, and it will write perfectly on copy paper, ink it up with a wet, lubricated conventional ink, and it will bring out its beautiful color depth, shading, even sheen. The nib writes at the lightest pressure, and would be an ideal instrument with which to write or learn a business cursive handwriting. The resulting line of about 0.3 mm is confident, consistent, and utterly enjoyable.

The Marine Green celluloid is gorgeous, with excellent vibrancy and depth. Barrel transparency is outstanding, as is the gold-filled trim. The imprint is strong. A truly gorgeous specimen!

Sheaffer Balance Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XXF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime XF 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 (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.15" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Sheaffer was a mighty brand in the 1940s. Today, we take advanced R&D from companies such as Apple and Google for granted, but in wartime America, Sheaffer was a pioneer, a leader in precision product design and manufacturing. For the Iowa company, "the laboratory was the quality proving ground for all new materials, all new designs," and it is thanks to the progressive engineering and "watch-like precision" conceived in the lab that we can enjoy Sheaffer pens today, decades later. 

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib profile

It's no secret that celluloid can be a very tricky material to manufacture and to ensure its long-term viability. Even today, only a handful of pen companies use celluloid anymore, precisely because of how labor-intensive and unstable it can be. However, Sheaffer did succeed in creating a celluloid of superb quality and breathtaking beauty. The vast majority of Sheaffer pens I've worked on showed no signs of material deterioration, unless they had been abused or stored in severely unfavorable conditions. It's fair to say that a well-restored Sheaffer celluloid pen is going to last for years to come, giving its new owner a reason to write.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, nib close-up

The pen I am offering today is made of the gorgeous striated Marine Green celluloid, with very good barrel transparency and a rich, vibrant color and depth. The pen is in excellent condition, showing only minimal signs of use. The pen is so gorgeous, so comfortable, so efficient as a writing tool that it's likely to bring a smile to your face every time you pick it up. With a completely rebuilt filling mechanism, the pen is a writer's dream.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, capped

The Triumph nib is a superb example of Sheaffer's advanced writing system. Yes, it's not just a nib, it's an entirely different ink delivery system, never before (or after) seen on a fountain pen. The system is particularly adept at regulating ink flow, regardless of atmospheric conditions, ink, paper, or writing technique. With an oversize ebonite feed, you can be sure the pen will never starve for ink or refuse to write. The nib is ground to have two writing surfaces, a feature that inspired Sailor to employ it on its high-end Naginata Togi nibs. The nib is firm, yet feels soft, as it effortlessly glides across the paper. Are you left-handed? Do you write with a death grip? Do you have a heavy hand? No problem! The nib can take it all in stride. It writes a line of about 0.4 mm (on my paper), which makes it close to a Western XF, yet without the toothiness typically associated with extra-fine nibs. If you've been wanting a pen with a superb writing performance, a precise, enjoyable line, and a handsome, classy appearance, look no further!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, XF, posted

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Marine Green celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime 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 polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.46" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

Why do you write with a fountain pen? Me? I do because it brings me joy. Writing with any other instrument feels more like a chore, yet the fountain pen is a continuous source of pleasure. And no pen brings me more joy than the wartime Sheaffer Triumph. It's everything I want in a fountain pen. A beautiful, ergonomically sound design, a gorgeous, semi-transparent striated celluloid, a high-capacity vacuum filling mechanism, and, last but definitely not least, the Triumph nib.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen I am offering today is one of the nicest specimens of the model I've seen in a long time. It's flawless. A beautiful, vibrant, luscious celluloid, with excellent barrel transparency and awesome gold-filled trim, paired with the amazing Triumph nib, together, make this a superb fountain pen that should satisfy most fountain pen enthusiasts. Even if you've never owned a vintage fountain pen, you really owe it to yourself to try the Triumph at least once. The Triumph is such a departure from the classic, conventional fountain pen, that it is a writing instrument in a class of its own.

The Lifetime nib lays down a confident, even cocky, line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), and feels incredibly smooth, yet without any flow issues that plague modern gold nibs of equal smoothness. The nib writes fantastic strokes in virtually any direction, has a large sweet spot, and gives one that gliding, almost hovering sensation. It grabs on to the surface of the paper, and holds on, until you command it otherwise. It writes under the lightest pressure, yet it will take  a heavy hand just as easily. A fabulous writer!

Sheaffer Triumph Vac Fountain Pen, Marine Green, F, capped

Sheaffer Balance "Defender" Vac fountain pen, Golden Brown, XF

(Sold) This is a wartime Sheaffer Balance "Defender" Vac fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid with a gold-filled trim, and a 14k gold, two-tone Feather Touch XF 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 (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and I use high-quality replacement materials.

Sheaffer Balance "Defender" Vac fountain pen, Golden Brown, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

This is a beautiful, rare Sheaffer fountain pen made specifically to comply with U.S. Armed Forces regulations, such that the pen had to be flush with a uniform breast pocket. These pens are beautiful, yes, but they were also made tough. They were dependable daily writers, performing very well in the office, out in the field, at sea, and in the air. Today, they still make fantastic performers, and their rare beauty makes them particularly desirable among collectors.

This particular pen is in fantastic condition, with vibrant, rich celluloid, excellent barrel transparency, fantastic gold-filled trim, and a gorgeous XF nib. Did I mention the vacuum filling mechanism? It works flawlessly, holding a lot of ink (2.2 ml using the two-stroke method). If you still aren't convinced this pen is for you, read on :).

Sheaffer Balance "Defender" Vac fountain pen, Golden Brown, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment. Also, note very clear barrel transparency

This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.2" capped and 0.48" in diameter. It posts well, so it should be comfortable even for people with large hands. The material has incredible depth and chatoyancy. Barrel transparency means you can watch the pen being filled, which is always fun, and you can see your favorite ink sloshing around inside the barrel. This is a writer's pen - one fill is going to last for weeks and the awesome writing ability is going to have you keep coming back for more. Being part of the Balance family, the pen is ergonomically sound, and it writes effortlessly. The Feather Touch really deserves its name. It does write at the lightest touch, laying down a confident line of about 0.4 mm. It probably sold as a Fine, but, by today's Western standards, I'd rank it has a generous XF. If you press harder,  you will be rewarded with a gentle "give," a little bit of spring that's going to make your writing that much more enjoyable and might even give you a hint of line variation.

Sheaffer Balance "Defender" Vac fountain pen, Golden Brown, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F

(SOLD) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph fountain pen in striated Carmine celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Fine 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 (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration and I use high-quality replacement materials. I completely removed the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replaced it with a modern material that's of higher quality and better durability than the original. This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.1" capped and 0.47" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

As the U.S. entered World War II, the pen industry was at a pivotal stage in its history. Sheaffer was tasked by the Government to manufacture high-precision components for the war effort, including mission-critical bomb fuses. Despite severe material and labor shortages, the Iowa company not only succeeded in staying afloat, but it also fulfilled its obligations, hired new staff, and expanded its real estate. Sheaffer attributed a lot of its success to its use of high-quality materials, such as gold and celluloid, and, most importantly, its advanced research laboratories. Sheaffer engineers worked tireless to perfect the fountain pen as a writing instrument, and its child was the Triumph nib and feed system.

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, nib close-up

The pen I am offering today is a great example of the venerable Sheaffer Triumph. Made of the gorgeous striated Carmine celluloid, with a wide gold-filled cap band and the characteristic rounded clip, the pen is one of the most beautiful writing instruments of the 1940s. The pen is in fantastic condition, with a gleaming, deep, rich, and vibrant material, a nicely transparent barrel, and excellent trim. In fact, the pen is so gorgeous that it would feel completely at home in a display case next to some of the modern Italian celluloid pens by Montegrappa. 

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment.

The large Triumph Lifetime nib is in superb condition. It lays down a Fine line of about 0.5 mm (on my paper), and it glides across the page effortlessly. The nib is designed on the rocker principle, which gives it a unique feel and a large "sweet spot." In daily writing, the pen will feel smooth, virtually regardless of your grip, holding angle, and rotation about the page. It writes equally good strokes in all directions, without ever catching the paper or feeling scratchy. Yet, despite the smoothness, the nib writes confidently, never having any hard-start or skipping issues that plague modern buttery smooth nibs. And if you need an XXF line, just flip it upside down - it was designed to be able to write this way, too. The vacuum filling mechanism works efficiently and holds more ink than some of the largest modern piston fillers.

Sheaffer Triumph Fountain Pen, Carmine, F, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac "1000", Persian Blue, F

(Oh hold) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac "1000" fountain pen in Persian Blue with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Fine 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 (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring 5" capped with a barrel diameter of 0.46".

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Persian Blue, F, uncapped with the plunger partially extended

Before the Lamy 2000 Black Amber was released, a lot of people speculated that the 50th anniversary model would be made of blue Makrolon. Consequently, there was a lot of disappointment when it turned out not to be true. I have good news for you. The pen I am offering today is very much like the Lamy 2000 of the 1940s. The Sheaffer Triumph Statesman in Persian Blue is a gorgeous, medium-size pen, with excellent ergonomics, a vacuum filling mechanism (1.9 ml w/ two-stroke method), an ink view window, and a fantastic gold nib. Sound familiar?

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Persian Blue, F, nib and section close-up

The pen is in excellent condition, with only the faintest signs of use. The material is deep, rich, and vibrant, the ink window clear, the imprint strong, the gold-filled trim great, and the nib flawless. Quite simply, it's an awesome pen, every bit as good as the Lamy 2000, and it now can be yours!

The nib writes a beautiful, smooth, consistent line of about 0.4 mm on my paper. Unlike the Lamy 2000, it has a large "sweet spot" and is quite forgiving of your holding angle and rotation about the page. No matter how you hold your pen (well, almost), the nib's going to oblige, writing flawlessly, free of hard-starts and ink starvation. It will deliver fantastic performance day in, day out. A true workhorse of a pen, perfect for the office, home, or school. 

Sheaffer Triumph Statesman Vac, Persian Blue, F, capped

Sheaffer Balance Junior Vac, Rose Glow, XF

(Sold) This is a mid-1930s Sheaffer Balance Junior Vac filler fountain pen in Rose Glow celluloid, with a 14k gold XF nib. The pen measures 4.8" capped and 0.42" in diameter. The pen has been restored, which included a 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 (by hand).

Sheaffer Balance Junior Vac, Rose Glow, XF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

As the #fountainpenday2016 countdown continues, as part of my "special" theme, I have another beautiful, rare pen at a reasonable price. This Sheaffer Balance Junior Vac comes in a much sought-after Rose Glow celluloid. A truly distinguished, handsome pen, this Sheaffer will make a fantastic daily writer, and its gorgeous celluloid is bound to put a smile on your face every time you reach for the pen. And when you put it to paper, magic happens. A fantastic XF nib, it writes a line of about 0.3 mm on my paper, effortlessly gliding across the page, grabbing on to the surface of the paper, holding on, until you command it to stop. In my experience, very few companies make such nibs today; nibs with tipping geometry that promotes capillary action, allowing the ink to flow exactly right. The nib performs at its best with a light touch, but if you bear down on it, it will reward you with a pleasant "give," and will keep on writing, as it was designed to do.

Sheaffer Balance Junior Vac, Rose Glow, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen is in good cosmetic condition, with some wear on the cap and the chrome-plated trim. However, the wear is rather minor, and the pen is free from any flaws or defects. The filling mechanism is quick to use and efficient, holding up to 1.7 ml of ink (using the two-stroke filling method). The phrase comes from an old penmanship book.

Sheaffer Balance Junior Vac, Rose Glow, XF, capped

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF

(On hold) This is an early 1940s Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Vac fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime XXF nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough, but gentle cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pen measures 5.1" capped and 0.42" in diameter.

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

I think it's fair to say that Apple and Google are today's Parker and Sheaffer. The two pen companies were among the greatest innovators of their respective era. They both created incredible, timeless fountain pens, built around sophisticated technologies. The pen I am offering today is a great example of a 1940s pen. It's beautiful, ergonomically sound, performs very well, and was built to withstand "the hardest of pen ordeals." The pen came to me with a broken nib, so I replaced it with a better, Lifetime nib, which is correct for the "White Dot" version of the pen.

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

If you're thinking of buying the new Pelikan M400 Tortoise, may I suggest an alternative. This Sheaffer pen is about the same size, made of similarly beautiful material, has an even greater ink capacity, and comes with a fantastic gold nib that writes a much finer line (about 0.2 mm on my paper) than the Pelikan XF nib. And, it has some really interesting history behind it. A pen designed specifically for the US Armed Forces, it was meant to be used in the field, at sea, and in the air. A beautiful, sturdy, and dependable writer, at a fraction of the M400 price!

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, nib close-up

The pen is free from any flaws or defects. The celluloid has a deep, rich, and vibrant color, with excellent barrel transparency. You can watch the pen getting filled and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The clip is known as the "Military" clip, and it's rather unique. Why buy a modern pen that thousands of other people already have, if you have have this beauty for a lot less?

The Lifetime nib is a fantastic performer. It writes an XXF line (bordering on a needlepoint), but without the typical "toothiness" of modern XXF nibs. It allows you to write rapid strokes in all directions (including curves) without catching the paper, and a generous, yet controlled flow of ink. A perfect pen for business cursive, a great journaling pen, a travel companion. This pen was meant to be used on the road. It'll fit in your journal's pen loop and will bring a smile to your face every time you reach for it to write down your thoughts. An extension of your hand.

Sheaffer Balance "Vigilant" Military Golden Brown, XXF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B

(Sold) This is a 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac fountain pen in striated Gray Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph Broad nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, a complete overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and I use high-quality replacement materials. This is a full-size pen, measuring 5.2" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

During the first half of the 20th century, in the U.S., people learned a handwriting style known as the "business cursive." Such a style called for a pen with a fine or extra-fine nib. Therefore, very few pens made in that era come with medium or broad nibs. A broad nib was utterly impractical in daily writing, but it made an excellent signature pen, used specifically to write checks, sign documents, etc. I believe this pen was special-ordered as a dedicated signature pen. If you love broad nibs, this is your chance to own a fantastic vintage pen. Frankly, it's been a long time since I've seen such a broad nib on this particular wartime model.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, nib profile, also note excellent barrel transparency, with the background showing through

The problem with modern broad nibs is that they are often overly polished at the factory. That makes them appear very smooth, but it also causes serious ink flow issues, particularly hard-starts. This type of issue is sometimes called a "baby's bottom" flaw, and it has to be corrected by a skilled nib meister before the pen can write perfectly well.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, capped

Sheaffer came up with an ingenious solution for nibs to feel smooth but without the unwanted performance issues. The Triumph nib comes with a slightly upturned tip, which not only gives its owner a superbly pleasant sensation of excellent smoothness, but it also makes the nib  very forgiving of angle and rotation. Do you write with your fingers? Do you rotate the nib from letter to letter and write with a heavy hand? Are you left-handed? Do you have the "death grip?" No problem! This nib can take it in stride.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, B, nib closeup showing excellent condition, geometry, and alignment

Cosmetically, the pen is in amazing shape. Typically, this chrome-plated trim does not wear well, but this one appears to be in pristine condition, which further supports the guess that this pen was only used occasionally, for special purposes. Barrel transparency is excellent, as is the gorgeous Gray Pearl celluloid. The filling mechanism works like a charm, and the pen holds up to 1.8 ml of ink (using the two-stroke method). A superb specimen!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF

(SOLD) This is a mid-1940s White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize fountain pen in Marine Green striated celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Triumph Lifetime Extra-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 polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration, and, in the case of Sheaffer Vac pens I completely replace the original "packing" material with high-quality modern materials. This was the largest model in Sheaffer's wartime line-up, measuring 5.25" capped and 0.49" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF, uncapped with the plunger partially extended

The quote I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement. It does sound a little trite, but, once you've had a chance to experience the Sheaffer Triumph pen from the 1940s, you realize that it is the pinnacle of fountain pen design. What I mean by "design" is features that enhance the pen's utility as a writing instrument. While modern pen makers prioritize ornamentation and luxurious appearance, Sheaffer focused on performance, including the pen's filling mechanism and writing ability. Every feature of this pen is there for a reason - to make writing smooth and easy, dependable and consistent. Of course, the Iowa company didn't forget to make the pen beautiful, did they?

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The large Triumph nib lays down a smooth line of about 0.3 mm. It is consistent, controlled, but still generous enough to be enjoyable. It's a rare XF nib that never feels toothy and does not catch the paper, regardless of your holding angle and rotation about the page. Are you a finger writer? Do you write with a heavy hand? Do you rotate the nib from letter to letter? Do you write rapidly? No problem! This nib can take all of that in stride. 

The pen is in excellent condition, with gorgeous, gleaming celluloid and shiny gold-filled trim. The pen looks truly handsome, with a clear ink window and a strong imprint. The filling mechanism works efficiently, holding up to 2 ml of ink (using the two-stroke filling method). The pen is fairly large and it posts beautifully, allowing it to be comfortable even for people with large hands.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Marine Green, XF, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M

(SOLD) This is a c. 1942 Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac-filler Oversize "1250" fountain pen in striated Golden Brown celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph F-M nib. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). I work according to current "best practices" in pen restoration. In this case, I removed the old Sheaffer "packing" material and replaced it with modern high-quality equivalent. The mechanism now functions perfectly and will last many, many years before needing service. This is the largest model in the Triumph line-up, measuring around 5.15" capped and 0.48" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, uncapped, with the plunger partially extended

The Triumph ink delivery system was Sheaffer's crowning achievement. Brought to market during World War II, the system was brilliant in its design and superb in its execution. A system comprising of an ink reservoir, large ebonite feed, and a wrap-around 14k gold nib, the system functions dependably and consistently, regardless of atmospheric conditions, ink, paper, or handwriting technique. A stunning feat of technology, its only rival over the years, the Parker 51 Aerometric, the system continues to functions extremely well. If you need a beautiful, durable, "workhorse" kind of pen, look no further.

The phrase I wrote comes from a speech made by Sheaffer's Chairman in 1942, shortly after the Triumph launched, where he attributed a large part of the company's success to its service department. It's amazing to think that pens were serviced within a day, promptly returned to their owners, who obviously needed to write with their fountain pens day in, day out.

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, nib profile showing excellent geometry and alignment

In addition to being a great EDC pen, this Valiant is an instrument of rare beauty. Made of a gleaming, transparent celluloid, with a matching section (very rare!),  and generous gold-filled trim, the pen looks so handsome that it would be fit perfectly alongside the modern Italian celluloid pens by Montegrappa and Visconti. The material has a deep, rich, vibrant color, with subtle gradations of yellows and browns, with excellent barrel transparency. You can watch the pen being filled and gauge remaining ink level with ease. The gold-filled trim is in equally great shape! The imprint is strong.

The nib most likely sold as a Medium, but I'd rank its line width to be close to a modern western medium-fine. It lays down a generous line of 0.5 mm, with excellent flow, and a very smooth sensation. The nib is firm, but feels soft on paper, thanks to its excellent vibration absorption properties. It's a huge chunk of gold, and it makes writing incredibly enjoyable. The sweet spot is large, and the nib writes effortless strokes in virtually all directions, allowing you to write a flowing cursive or precise print. If you need an XF line, flip the nib upside down - it was designed to have two writing surfaces. Speaking of which, the tipping geometry is perfect, as is alignment. The pen is large and posts beautifully. Truly, a fantastic, comfortable writer!

Sheaffer Triumph Valiant Vac Oversize, Golden Brown, F-M, capped

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF

(SOLD) This is a c. 1942 White Dot Sheaffer Triumph Vac-filler in striated Silver Pearl celluloid, with a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Triumph XF nib.  The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, ink flow adjustment, nib tuning, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). This is a full-size pen, measuring around 5.1" capped and 0.45" in diameter.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, uncapped, with the plunger rod partially extended

My customers often ask for pens without any gold-filled "bling." The stealthy look is very much in vogue these days, but relatively few vintage pens came in a stealthy color scheme. The pen I'm offering today is an exception, and it should meet the modern criteria of stealthiness. The Gray Pearl celluloid is a beautiful, semi-transparent material, with awesome depth and clarity, in beautifully graduated shades of gray. The pen comes with chrome-plated trim, to complete the monochromatic look. The Triumph nib is partially platinum-masked, so there's a bit of gold showing through.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, nib profile showing excellent tipping geometry and alignment

The pen writes a gorgeous XF line of about 0.3 mm on my paper. The line is somewhat wet, consistent, and reliable. You're getting an XF writer but without the toothiness and small sweet spot usually associated with conventional XF nibs, thanks to Triumph ingenious design. This pen would be an ideal instrument with which to write or learn a business cursive, thanks to its ability to write confident strokes in all directions, and its forgiving, large "sweet spot." The filling mechanism is a joy to use and holds a lot of ink. You can even watch the pen getting filled and assess remaining ink level with ease, thanks to the transparency in the barrel.

The pen is in excellent condition, with some wear on the chrome-plated trim. Chrome-plating was not as reliable as it is today, and such trim did not wear well, even if the pen wasn't used much at all. Otherwise, the pen looks great, with just the faintest surface wear that's difficult to see with the naked eye.

Sheaffer Triumph Vac, Gray Pearl, XF, 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