While many collectors know the pen we are discussing on this page as the Sheaffer Flat Top this was not the name under which the company released it back in 1912. Obviously the name Flat-Top is descriptive of the shape of the pen thanks to the flat ends at either end of the pen. When you take a look at the early Sheaffer Flat-Top fountain pens you can see how distinctively different they look when compared to the more usual cigar shaped fountain pens made by other pen companies.
The most well-known model that features the Flat-Top design is the Sheaffer Lifetime fountain pen and it was introduced to the market in 1920. This was a pen that was guaranteed from defect for the life of the original owner, a very popular feature that many people were prepared to take up.
Take a look at the range of available Sheaffer Flat-Top fountain pens that are currently being offered for sale. These are vintage fountain pens and so there is going to be some variation in the quality of the products being offered. It is advisable to click through to each product page to get a more complete description of each pen being offered for sale.
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Sheaffer Balance Flat top Snorkel TM fountain pen box
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Judds Vintage Sheaffer 5 30 Flat Top Fountain Pen
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3 VINTAGE SHEAFFERS PENS LOT FLAT TOP GOLD TIP PURSE FOUNTAIN PEN HIDDEN NIB
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vintage 1920 Sheaffer small Gold Filled flat top ring lever fill fountain pen
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LIGHT GRAY CHROME LINED TOP SHEAFFER FLAT TOPPED VINTAGE FOUNTAIN PEN
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1969 Sheaffer Black Chrome CF No Nonsense Flat Top Fine Point Fountain Pen USA
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The early Sheaffer fountain pens were quite expensive in comparison to other pens released around the same time yet they were not considered to be as reliable as other brands. This was where the Lifetime fountain pen came in as a means of addressing the quality and reliability issues.
These days the various Flat-Top fountain pens are still in high demand by collectors because of the many different variations and style changes that were made to the pen over the years. As a record of the changes in the designs of the Sheaffer pens the Flat-Top makes a particularly interesting study.
The earlier Flat-Top fountain pens featured a hard rubber barrel and were available in black. By 1924 Sheaffer had come up with a new material for the barrels of their pens known as radite which was a celluloid resin. This provided another color to the Sheaffer range as they were now able to offer pens in marbled jade green. Over subsequent years the color range of the Radite pens was expanded and not only were the pens now more resistant to breaking but they were far more interesting to look at.
If you are interested in the changes that were made to the Flat-Top fountain pens such as the different imprints used, the serial numbers and the introduction of the white dot you should read the comprehensive article that has been put together at PenTrace.