Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph White Dot Tuckaway Vac-Fil 1942 fountain pen with 14K 2-tone nib, clipless, 13cm posted, 15cm capped. This is one of the pens in my collection of old pens.
Close-up of the engraving: “W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO. / FORT MADISON, IOWA, U.S.A. / MADE IN U.S.A.”
Posted and capped views. The cap band is worn and tarnished. The plunger knob doesn’t close all the way. The yellow striation on the barrel was brought out by the natural sunlight. The pen appears to be a solid dark brown, but in certain lighting, yellow highlights are visible. The barrel is supposed to be semi-transparent, but I can’t see into it. Perhaps cleaning and polishing will improve the finish.
This pen worked at one time, many years ago, but it has been sitting idle since. To see if it still works, I flushed it, loading it with water and squirting it out numerous times until it ran clean. I then filled it with ink. The plunger was sticky and took some effort to pull and push. I did a writing test, but the ink flow was uneven. In the top photo, you may be able to see dried ink clogging the space between the feed and the nib. I emptied the pen, flushed it, and now have it soaking in water. I’ll do what I can to clean the nib-feed, lube the plunger, and test this pen once more to see if it’ll work.
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