SH1539 Targa by Sheaffer No. 1021 Lacque Imperial Red Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set, boxed (Fine)

SH1539 Targa by Sheaffer No. 1021 Lacque Imperial Red Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set, boxed (Fine)
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SH1539 Targa by Sheaffer No. 1021 Lacque Imperial Red Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Set, boxed (Fine)

Date: c1982

Size: Capped - 5 3/8 inches; posted - 6 3/8 inches.

This set has taken me back a bit.  It is a 1021 Imperial red lacquer fountain pen and ballpoint set in its box with original outer card box.  Nothing very unusual there, you might say.  Well, this one still has both pens sealed inside the original plastic sleeves, with the original two Sheaffer ink cartridges, also sealed in a plastic sleeve, along with the original instruction sheet, and all in what is basically perfect and guaranteed unused condition.  So, somebody has purchased what was at the time a rather expensive pen set, then put it away without even taking the pens out of their plastic wrappings!  This is a real little time capsule.  The Imperial Red lacquer is a beautiful deep and restrained red- not too bright, and leaning toward maroon I would say, but still definitely red.  The flat-topped caps have a black plastic disc inset into the top with a pierced pocket clip with the Sheaffer white dot at the top.  The barrels also have a black insert in the end.  

Fountain Pen

The label on the back of the fountain pen cap says it has a fine nib, so I guess that must be correct.  I'm certainly not going to undo it to check!!

Ballpoint

A twist- action retractable ballpoint.  Again, sealed up, these are usually fitted with a blue refill from the factory.

Box

The presentation case is also in lovely condition.  It is a most elegant and typically 1970s design with beige flocking both outside and in, with the carcase of the box made from brown plastic.  The brown outer slipcase finishes off the ensemble.  

I have photographed the set still in the plastic wrappings.  This would have been a rather expensive set when new - and think about how much a set of equivalent quality would cost today.  You can be sure this one is in brand-new condition.    

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