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Sheaffer PFM Mk III Snorkel Filling Fountain Pen in Burgundy - USA Early 1960's

Sheaffer PFM Mk III Snorkel Filling Fountain Pen in Burgundy - USA Early 1960's
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Sheaffer PFM MK III

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Item Ref: HD:SPFM/675

Pen Description

Sheaffer PFM (Pen for Men) Mk III introduced in 1959, Burgundy in colour with gold inlaid nib. Made in USA.

Pen has the Sheaffer patented snorkel filling system, vacuum plunge down operated. Unscrewing the knob at rear of barrel initially extends snorkel dip tube, the vacuum pump is then pulled back. Immersion of snorkel in ink bottle and by ‘Plunging’  pump forward, ink is drawn into pen. Re-screwing knob retracts snorkel. Pen has gold plated cap clip with characteristic white dot inlaid into clip. Wide gold plated tapered centre band. 

Pen measures 5 1/4 inches (13.6 cms) long with cap attached. 5 7/16 inches (14.2 cms) with cap posted. Girth of cap 0.6 inches (15.2 mm). Weight  21.5 grams.


Inlaid 14ct Gold nib stamped ‘SHEAFFER’S - 14 K - 585 ’. Ball ended nib tip writes with a medium/fine line, being fairly firm but ultra smooth.


Pen has been fully disassembled, ultrasonically cleaned to remove traces of old ink. Special encased ink sac has been replaced, also a new set of lubricated sealing washers . All traces of ink removed from collector, feeder and snorkel tubes, nib reset and polished. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean water.

General Condition

Pen barrel and cap are free from noticeable scratches, with no dents, cracks or hairlines. There are no personalisation's. Gold plating to pocket clip and centre band are excellent. Vacuum filling rod slides with ease and draws good quantity of ink. Cap retention spring secures cap firmly in place. Pen is in excellent working order, we would classify pen as being in overall excellent condition. Pen is supplied in period Sheaffer case which is also in excellent condition.

Sellers Comment
The PFM is a legendary writing instrument, beautifully engineered by Sheaffer. This  pen is of collectable quality

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