For your consideration, we are offering for sale this vintage circa 1959 Sheaffer PFM III Snorkel Burgundy Fountain Pen & Pencil Set in Box. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned and put back together and now is in wonderful operating and writing condition. I would consider this set to be in Excellent to Near Mint Condition - it displays and operates fabulously.
The PFM came in five principal models, varying by cap and trim color. What we have here is the PFM I. The PFM models below are for your reference:
1) PFM I - Single color plastic cap and barrel, polished stainless steel clip and cap band, and palladium silver nib. The PFM I is the only model without the White Dot.
2) PFM II - Frosted stainless steel cap and plastic barrel, polished stainless steel clip and cap band, and palladium silver nib.
3) PFM III - Single color plastic cap and barrel, gold filled clip and cap band, and a 14kt gold nib.
4) PFM IV - Stainless steel cap and plastic barrel, gold filled clip and plunger cap end plate and a 14kt gold nib.
5) PFM V - Gold plated cap and plastic barrel, gold filled clip and plunger cap end plate and a 14kt gold nib.
NOTE: By popular opinion in the fountain pen community, the rarest colors are gray, blue and green.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks, teeth marks or repairs. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel of the fountain pen or pencil. The cap is stamped with, "SHEAFFER Made in U.S.A." This Sheaffer PFM III measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 5 5/8" posted. The pencil measures 5 1/8" inches.
I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, section, and feed. Hand polished the gold-filled trim and 14K Medium Nib. There is no brassing to any of the trim areas and the Sheaffer White Dot is securely attached in the clip. 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. 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. The snorkel tube moves freely and draws ink as it should. The pencil is in near-mint condition. Appears to never been used.
The 14K NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .60mm when measured with digital calipers. The NIB writes with a medium line/stroke. In the writing sample provided, this NIB stroke measures roughly .72mm when measuring with a digital caliper. The nib performs very well and writes smoothly. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.
The pencil is in Mint condition with lead propelling and repelling from the cone as it should. The pencil retains the original eraser which is gently used.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This PFM set comes with the Sheaffer Box that is displayed in the photos. The box is in good condition with no staining on the satin interior.
This Sheaffer PFM III Set is hard to find in this condition. It is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection. I would consider this Sheaffer PFM III to easily grade in Excellent to Near Mint Condition and certainly a collector grade set that is ready to write with or add to your writing arsenal collection!