Monday, May 17, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 197

About three weeks ago, we got an email from Grant, a customer of the Vancouver Pen Shop who was looking for some assistance in getting a vintage pen up and running again. Grant's email began in familiar fashion: "Many years ago, my father gave me his Sheaffer fountain pen..." He explained that although the pen appeared to be in very good condition, it couldn't take up water or ink. Knowing that a picture is worth a thousand words (or even more, when it comes to identifying a mystery pen :), Grant included the two photos below in his email::

(all photos courtesy of Grant ~ please click on images to enlarge)

(Above: The Sheaffer 'Snorkel' fountain pen in question--which, it turned out, is an "Admiral" model -- and Grant's 2018 Montblanc LeGrand fountain pen in platinum above it)


(Above: the Snorkel Admiral's 14K gold nib and metal sac protector tube with snorkel attached)

There were fourteen different 'Snorkel' models made; some came with open nibs like this one, others sported Sheaffer's famous conical Triumph nib. Nib materials included 14K gold (monotone or two-tone) and Palladium Silver.

I wrote back to Grant, identified the make and model, and steered him towards some pen repair resources after he said he'd like to try replacing the Snorkel's ink sac himself. Not long after receiving my reply, Grant asked how to go about joining our pen club; he's now the newest Vancouver Pen Club member :)

Welcome to the club, Grant, and many thanks for sharing your pen photos!

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