The Snorkel filling system was an introduction by Sheaffer in 1953 and ran until 1957. The system was an upgrade of the pneumatic Touchdown system with the added feature that unscrewing the blindcap extends a slim snorkel from the feed allowing the user to fill the pen without submerging the nib. This system provides cleaner filling and ease of use.
The Snorkel pens came in a variety of models and colors. This particular example is a bit of a mixed case as it is a two tone open nib with a snorkel from a conical nib and has a white dot. Working theory is that the nib is not original to the pen and the pen was originally a Statesman or Valiant model.
Nib: 14K Two Tone Open nib (Medium).
Filling System: Snorkel (pneumatic)
Length - 5.58" / 14.18 cm (capped)
Cap - 2.40" / 6.09 cm
Barrel diameter - 0.42" / 1.06 cm
Condition: The pen is in good overall condition with micro scratches from use. The nib is likely not original to the pen. Filling system has had a complete restoration with a new sac and seals. Please see the photos for a complete photographic assessment of the quality of the pen.
Country of Manufacture: United States
Made by Sheaffer in the United States, Restored by Fifteen Pens in Ottawa Canada
Comes with a 1 year warranty