Good day, pen friends.
Today I bring you a 1947 Sheaffer Sentinel DeLuxe. It's worth noting that this pen exhibits the early model cap, with smooth brushed steel instead of the polished steel & vertically lined caps that came on later models. Sheaffer marketed these caps as "Mastermetal" which allegedly resists scratching and other damage.
This pen is a lever-filler, and has a black barrel, as the lever-filler Sentinel DeLuxes only featured black barrels. Vacuum-fillers came in black, grey pearl, and marine green celluloids. Later touchdown models were sold in green, blue, brown, burgundy, and black.
Speaking of caps and levers, I do appreciate the attention to detail with such precise machining to where the clip lines up with the lever every time you cap the pen.
The cap is engraved "SHEAFFER'S - MADE IN U.S.A." & the barrel is stamped with the following:
W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO.
FORT MADISON, IOWA, U.S.A.
MADE IN U.S.A.
The barrel is also price-coded "1500" as the original selling price of this pen was $15.00. Adjusted for inflation, that's about $170 today.
Another interesting thing is the location of the white dot. Sheaffer only figured out how to reliably mount the white dot on metal caps in 1948; due to their inability at the time, this pen's white dot is located at the very tip of the barrel.
The nib is, of course, a nail, writing a crisp medium line. I've restored the pen with a proper size 20 ink sac and it writes as one would expect a vintage Sheaffer to: like a dream.
12.5mm in diameter
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