This fountain pen cap, barrel, and blind cap are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks, teeth marks, or repairs. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. The fountain pen barrel is stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO FORT MADISON IOWA MADE IN U.S.A.." This Sheaffer Snorkel Fountain Pen measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
I have ultrasonically cleaned the Fountain Pen NIB, section, feed, and tube. Hand polished the cap and 14K Fine Nib. There is no brassing or wear to any of the Gold Filled Trim on either the fountain pen. I have cleaned, buffed, polished & waxed the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of the fountain pen. I installed a new rubber sac, o-ring, and point seal - all been replaced with correct reproduction parts. This Sheaffer Pen has been disassembled, cleaned, and inspected for any defects before reassembling.
I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The snorkel tube moves freely and draws ink and repels it just as easily.
The 14K NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .45mm when measured with digital calipers. The NIB writes with a fine to medium line/stroke. In the writing sample provided, this NIB stroke measures roughly .45mm to .67mm when measuring with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.
The Touchdown filling system has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned/restored, put back together, and added a dab of pure silicone to the Touchdown filling system for ease and smooth operational use. The filling system now has perfect suction and works flawlessly.
The fountain pen comes in the original box which is in excellent condition.
This Sheaffer Snorkel Set in the High-Cachet Vermillion Color that was produced between 1952 and 1959. The Vermillion Sheaffer Snorkel is a very scarce fountain pen to acquire and highly coveted by collectors. I would consider this Sheaffer Admiral Vermillion Snorkel Fountain Pen to easily grade in Near Mint to Mint Condition. This Sheaffer Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition or just add it to your personal writing arsenal collection.
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