Sheaffer J8C

About This Model

Pre-Balance 1920’s Sheaffer pens have been commonly, but not properly, called “flat-tops”, for their flat-ended caps and barrels. Properly, they were called by their model names.  They included Lifetimes, with the white dot, 14k trim, and Lifetime nib; “Regular” line without the white dot and with plated trim; and “Ebony” line, of black hard rubber, both chased and unchased.  Lifetimes and Regulars came in hard rubber and Radite, Sheaffer's branded celluloid, in jade and then various patterns. And, there were 46’s, a line of flat-topped clipped and ringtop pens made for secretarial use. These were made in black and bright scarlet Radite, and were very solid, well-made pens.

About This Pen

Jade “Radite”, from 1925-27. This is one of one of the very first celluloid pens and a major step in the evolution of fountains pens. This Lifetime Model J8C, is almost perfect, a rare specimen. It has not been restored and will not be used. The matching pencil is possibly in mint condition.

This pen is in the United States and Canada collection.