This is a second-generation Sheaffer Valiant, made around 1947 or 1948, since the cap band is slightly smaller than that of the 1945-46 model (see comparison photos here). It is a vacuum-filler with an ink reservoir that is inserted inside the barrel (the first-generation Valiants did not have the insert and used the barrel as the ink reservoir). The Triumph nib is not flexible, but writes very smoothly. The pen is in good condition, although it has typical usage marks and small scratches which I have not polished out. The pen has a clean imprint as can be seen in the photo below. The vacuum system only needed a new washer, and the pen has been completely cleaned. The section as been replaced using silicone grease rather than shellac or a rosin-based sealant, to facilitate future cleaning.
The text in the photos was written on a Rhodia pad using the pen, filled with Lamy ink.
- Length, capped: 133 mm
- Length, uncapped: 115 mm
- Barrel diameter: 12.4 mm (max)
- Cap diameter: 12.8 mm (max)