This ballpoint pen was part of a purchase from a Stationary Store in Georgia where I acquired nearly 50 New Old Stock Fountain and Ballpoint Pens in this Crest reissue design - this is just one of them.
NOTE: The barrel is made from Celluloid and the Opalite series was the only real model from Sheaffer made of Celluloid since the 1940s. The Opalite models are made from a solid rod of celluloid that goes through several lathe turning processes. The barrel is then sanded and polished, handwork that can be visible to the naked eye and shows by running fingers on the barrel and feeling for undulations from lathe turning and sanding.
The Ballpoint pen is a twist activated pen. Turn the cap and the ballpoint tip will propel forward from the nose cone. Twist the other way and it will repel back into the barrel.
This Ballpoint Pen measures 5 3/8" inches in length. The Sheaffer Crest Ballpoint Pen comes with the original box, ink cartridge, and Sheaffer documentation. The Box is in Mint Condition - No Wear.
This writing instrument is a Sheaffer Reissue Crest Ballpoint Pen and is model number 598-2 with production beginning in 1994 till 1996. Again, this Sheaffer Crest is like new as it has never been inked. The cap has 23K gold electroplated trim with the spring-loaded clip. The cap banding is also 23K gold electroplated and stamped, "SHEAFFER U.S.A. GOLD ELECTROPLATE".
This Sheaffer Crest Ballpoint Pen 23K Gold Plated and Opalite Red barrel made of Celluloid really brings the craftsmanship back with a vintage feel in this Sheaffer design with modern technology. This writing instrument has a great feel in the hand and only weighs 22 grams. I would consider this Sheaffer Crest Ballpoint Pen to be in Mint, Never Used, New Old Stock Condition. A marvelous addition to your writing arsenal collection.
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