Sheaffer Imperial

1960's
About This Model

Imperials were Sheaffer’s main line pens in the 1960s, following the 1950s Snorkels. They covered a range of quality, but usually were Touchdown fillers and carried diamond inlaid nibs or Triumph conical nibs. As a series, the Imperials first appeared with the AS9 in 1960, a simple Touchdown pen in plastic but with a Triumph nib. In 1961, models V, VI, I and II appeared, their names following trim levels, not order of appearance. The IV and VI are very closely related to the PFM III and IV, I believe differentiated only by the PFM’s greater size. At the lowest level, I’s were all plastic, with hooded tabbed nibs and plastic sac protectors. The IV’s, on the other hand, had beautiful diamond-shaped 14K nibs and very nice Forticel bodies. The IV’s and their 1964 Lifetime, made to commemorate Sheaffer’s 50th birthday, are wonderful writers.

About This Pen

As described above, the Imperial IV’s were among Sheaffer’s best 1960’s pens. Although they normally came with the Touchdown filling system and had plastic caps and bodies, this Imperial IV came with a squeeze filler, which is curious, not typical, but not unknown. It is standard Imperial size: 5 ⅜” long capped with 7/16” girth. It is also in Mandarin Orange, one of the least seen Sheaffer colors in the Touchdown and Snorkel generations. It is in excellent condition, virtually unscratched, the color uniformly bright. The gold-plated trim is clean, bright, and unscratched. The nib is Sheaffer’s top of line inlaid diamond style, 23K “electroplated”, and it writes a fast firm fine. A classy pen enhanced by its bright color.

Price: $120 Sold