For your consideration, we are offering for sale this extremely rare New Old Stock Circa 1957 Sheaffer Statesman Snorkel Fountain Pen & Pencil in the Peacock Blue color with a Palladium Silver nib. The set is the coveted "BEST WISHES ED SULLIVAN" giveaway/prize. I consider this Sheaffer Snorkel Fountain Pen and Pencil set to be in New Old Stock, Never Inked, Stickered, and Mint Condition!
Some speculate the Peacock Blue Snorkel "ED SULLIVAN" was either a prize or giveaway to either guests on the show or to audience members. The only credible source we have for these pens is from a March 1957 newspaper ad (see image 11) that talks about these pens given as prizes in a contest that ran for 6 weeks. Each week only 300 of these sets were given away which makes a total of 1800 sets produced in theory. I am sure there were a few more in the run but nonetheless, the set carries a high cachet among Sheaffer Snorkel collectors. This limited-production Sheaffer Snorkel set only came in the Peacock Blue color as far as we know.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks, teeth marks, or repairs. The original Medium nib /sticker/tag still is remaining and in excellent condition. The barrels have a perfect imprint that reads, "W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co. Fort Madison, Iowa U.S.A. Made in U.S.A.". The "BEST WISHES ED SULLIVAN" imprints are perfect and uncompromised. There are no monograms or personalization other than Ed Sullivan to either the cap or barrel. I have not touched the fountain pen or pencil to buff or polish it - the snorkel filling system on the fountain pen is in perfect working order and is factory. There is no brassing or wear to the cap or the gold-filled clip and cap banding. The snorkel tube moves freely and draws ink as it should. This Sheaffer Snorkel measures 5 1/2" in length capped and 6 1/2" posted. The Sheaffer Pencil is in Mint Condition as well The Pencil measures 5" inches in length.
The Palladium Silver Sheaffer NIB is a Medium Nib and retains the "MEDIUM" Nib sticker on the backside of the Nib. The point measures roughly .74mm when measured with digital calipers. I have not written with this Nib - I wanted to keep this Fountain Pen in New Old Stock, Mint Condition for the new collector that acquires this one.
The Touchdown filling system has been tested for functionality - I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The filling system has perfect suction and works flawlessly. The filling system is the original Sheaffer Factory one and original to the pen and works just like the day it left the factory.
The Sheaffer Pencil works flawlessly. One would twist the cap to propel the lead and turn the opposite way to retract the lead back into the barrel. The eraser is perfect and has never been used.
This Sheaffer "Ed Sullivan" Snorkel Fountain Pen & Pencil Set is almost unheard of finding in this condition. These sets are "unicorn rare" and that is why the price carries a premium. The set is in ready-to-write condition or just add it to your writing arsenal collection. I would consider this Sheaffer Snorkel to be in New Old Stock, Mint Condition.