Edited by PenHero on January 12, 2018, 6:11 am
This is a Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman in Black c. 1952-1959. Black was one of the original colors introduced in 1952. The Statesman has a Triumph palladium-silver alloy nib (may be hallmarked PdAg), plastic cap and barrel, gold-filled clip and 3/8" wide gold-filled cap band. Note that this pen has the medium nib paper band around the section and a barrel imprint. Colors produced over the life of the model were black, burgundy, pastel gray, pastel blue (or aqua), pastel green, peacock blue, buckskin tan, mandarin orange, fiesta red, and sage green. In 1953 the Snorkel Statesman sold for $12.50 and the matching pencil was $6.00. Sheaffer offered sixteen different nib grades in 1953: fine, extra fine, flexible fine, flexible extra fine, medium, flexible medium, accountant, shorthand, coarse, flexible coarse, stub, flexible stub at no additional charge, and broad stub, left oblique stub, flexible left oblique stub, and music at an extra charge.