1948 Persian Blue Sheaffer Triumph Valiant - Vacuum-Fill - Henry H. Brown - Extra-Fine nib
In ~1948 Sheaffer switched from celluloid to injection molded plastic and never looked back. I'm a celluloid fan. There's nothing else like it. The one good thing about Sheaffer's switch is Persian Blue.
Persian Blue pens were only available from 1948-1951. With the introduction of the Snorkel in 1952 Sheaffer switched plastic suppliers and the Persian blue was replaced by pastel blue. Nice, but not even close. I have many Persian Blue pens. I find them almost irresistible. The color is so rich.
My guess is that Henry H. Brown received this set as a gift. He inked the pen once just to show some appreciation to the giver. Then he put it back into it's box and went back to using whatever had already become his old reliable pen.
This set is as close to NOS (New Old Stock) as they come. The inner barrel is as transparent - with a subtle green hue - as the day it was made. The Persian blue barrels and caps are flawless. There is not even a hint of plating loss.
The only flaw is the bottom half of the Henry H. Brown imprint on the pencil is weak.
I've adjusted the extra-fine nib to write a smooth, wet line. It's comparable to a modern, western extra-fine. It's an excellent writer.
The Valiant was Sheaffer's top of the line pen. I've seen people use Oversize Triumph in descriptions. That seems odd to me since Sheaffer made only 2 diameters of Triumph pen. Yes, the Valiant is the larger diameter. I have large hands and find no difficulty in using the pen unposted. Though the cap is made so that it will post.
The Vacuum-Fil system is freshly restored and guaranteed for at least 1 year.
Length Capped - 132 mm (5.2”) Uncapped - 113 mm (4.7”) Posted - 150 mm (5.9”).
Diameter Cap - 13 mm (0.51”) Barrel - 12.2 mm (0.48”)