Open (standard) nib Sheaffer pens from the Triumph era (1942-1949) are rather interesting. They were clearly not the focus. In fact, the first generation Triumph in 1942-3 carried no open nib models. The second generation had a couple of lower-tier models (e.g. Craftsman), the third generation brought the mid-tier Sovereign. It wasn't until the fourth and final generation that brought an upper tier pen in the Statesman. Sheaffer was certainly intent to make the conical Triumph nib the focal point. That does not mean the quality of the open nib pens was lacking. Not at all. The same Sheaffer attention to detail is evident.
This particular pen is difficult for me to identify. This model pen is not in the otherwise reasonably comprehensive model identification guide. I am confident it is a Sovereign based on the 875 ($8.75) price code and the long, slender nib. The nib profile is the same as that of the Balance Sovereign. It is stiffer than the Feather Touch 5 nib but less rigid than the monster thick Statesman nibs. It provides subtle line variation on my loops and descenders under normal writing pressure.
The pen is in very good condition. There are a few tiny dimples and flea bites in the cap and barrel. Though there is no posting ring. The plating is all intact and without blemish. The clasp, as Sheaffer called the clip, is tight and the spring is strong. The ink view grip section has darkened a bit but remains clear enough to see the ends of the plunger rod and feed extension when held to the light.
The Vacuum-Fil system has been restored with modern, synthetic rubber that will last decades. Though small, the inner barrel ink chamber holds a surprising amount of ink. More than any modern ink cartridge. The filling system is guaranteed for at least one year provided Noodler's ink is strictly avoided.
Length Capped - 115 mm (4.5”) Uncapped - 98 mm (3.85”) Posted - 135 mm (5.3”). Diameter Cap - 12.6 mm (0.5”) Barrel - 11.3 mm (0.45”)