Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign II

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Isn’t this a beautiful thing? It’s a Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign II from the nineteen forties, and there’s a matching pencil. I love the Triumph nib – it’s splendidly elegant. I’ve had quite a few over the years but somehow I’ve never kept one. This one is medium but if I should come across one that’s a fine I’ll hang onto it. The honey and black striated celluloid is very beautiful too.
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Sadly the box is not quite so smart, despite my best efforts at cleaning it up. It’s strange to find a box that has had a harder life than the pens it contains! Perhaps it was kicking around in a drawer while the pen and pencil were safe on the desk.
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Walter Sheaffer was a jeweller before he got into pens and it shows in the quality of the Sheaffer output. This Sovereign II is rather an oddity in one sense: it has the Sheaffer name on the clip and the white dot above it, something that doesn’t occur in any of the other pens, I believe.
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Given that I regard the lever filler as a simpler and hence better filling system than either the vacuum fill or the Touchdown, when combined with the Triumph nib it makes for the best pre-1950 Sheaffer, in my none-too-humble opinion, anyway.

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I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

4 Responses to Sheaffer Triumph Sovereign II

  1. gg917 says:

    Beautiful pen you got here Deb, along with the mecanical pencil and box. Lever filler “Triumph” are not so common too. I have restaured one (but the vac-fill sort) in the same color recently, they are good pens. “Sheaffer’s” on the clip and a white dot is quite unique for “Triumph” pens, but very common on the Balance. The Sovereign II was filling the gap between non-WD and WD pen at that time. In ’47 the Sovereign became a totally different pen.

  2. Will Gunadi says:

    Hi Deb, I just got a nice Carmine version of this pen after a few months of ‘hunting’.

    Coincidentally what spurred my searching for this pen was a request from one of my buyers to find him a Sheaffer with the conical Triumph nib.

    I specifically look for a lever-filler with the Triumph nib because I share the exact same sentiment as you do regarding lever vs vacuum filling mechanisms. Just want to write to thank you for that.

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