Sheaffer IMPERIAL LIFETIME Inlaid 14K Gold Nib TOUCHDOWN Fountain Pen
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Beautiful Racing Green ** Sheaffer IMPERIAL LIFETIME Inlaid 14K Gold Nib TOUCHDOWN Fountain Pen ** United States, 1963
Exquisite design Sheaffer IMPERIAL - with massive inlaid 14K solid gold nib, racing green barrel / cap, squared off barrel and cap ends and wide decorative band.
Launched as Sheaffers top of the market prestige model, the IMPERIAL therefore foreshadowed a new epoch in Parker pen design One that went on to yield the Parker 51, whose lines clearly found all their origins in the forms and cap design of the IMPERIAL.
Sheaffer introduced the Imperial pen in 1961, a pen that strongly followed the design of the Pen For Men without the complex Snorkel filling system. With it, Sheaffer also reintroduced the Lifetime Warranty, which it had discontinued in 1947. These pens carried the famous White Dot at the top of the clip and referred to these Imperials as "Lifetime" pens in advertising.
Filling System: TOUCHDOWN piston filler Overall Length: 14 cm - 5 1/2 Condition: Near Mint - visibly this pen has seen very little use and also has been well conservatively serviced by us.*********
Sheaffer Pen Company
Shaeffer was one of the "Big Four" American pen manufacturers of the classic era, tracing its origin back to 1907, when Walter Sheaffer in Fort Madison Iowa began work on his own unique fountain pen design.
Other fountain pens of the day were cumbersome and messy to fill, requiring an eyedropper, and especially a steady hand. This inconvenience motivated Sheaffer to develop a filling mechanism that was both easy to use and clean.
The result was the worlds first practical lever filling fountain pen, which Sheaffer patented in 1908. Hence, a single tug on a slim metal lever filled the pen reservoir directly from the ink bottle.
The Sheaffer lever fill system quickly became the standard of the industry, despite the firm's vigorous legal defense of its patents, and remained ubiquitous for many years even after the Sheaffer company itself had moved on to other filling systems in the 1940s.
Another Shaeffer breakthrough was the Lifetime Guarantee. Early fountain pens were expensive, and subject to disrepair. Hence Sheaffer designed a fountain pen that carried a nearly unconditional lifetime guarantee, selling for about twice the price of comparable non-Lifetime models.
However the most visible Sheaffer hallmark of Shaeffers innovation has been in the area of nib design. This has included breakthroughs such as the wrap around Triumph nib, but most impressive of all the inlaid nib. Sheaffer introduced the inlaid nib in 1959 with the release of the Pen For Men, or PFM.
Shaeffer pens also were chosen for history making events, including signature of The United Nations Charter on June 26, 1945.
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- Near Mint