I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the 14K Solid Gold Clip, 14K Solid Gold Cap Banding, and 14K Gold NIB. I also cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of the fountain pen.
This Sheaffer Autograph is an early style pen with full ball clip which was produced from 1930 to 1934 when the clip changed (note the full ball clip lacks a Sheaffer imprint, while all cataloged non-Autograph pens with full-ball clip have "Sheaffer's" markings on the clip). These were typically executive pens - they were the individuals that could afford these types of pens back in the day.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. This Sheaffer Oversize Balance is an AUTOGRAPH model having the 14K Solid Gold Clip and Cap Banding. The clip and cap banding have been polished to shine brightly and display no wear. The lever is in excellent condition shining bright with no wear. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. PATENTED IN U.S.A.". This Autograph model has no engraving on the 14K cap banding which are difficult to find. This Oversized Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
I have tested the lever filling mechanism with water and fills as it should.
This Sheaffer has a Lifetime NIB that is 14K. The iridium point is measuring roughly .63mm, a medium point when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine stroke line variation. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures between .45mm to .53mm when measuring with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Montblanc Blue Ink. The nib on this Oversized Balance writes very smoothly!
This is one of those vintage Sheaffer Oversize Fountain Pens you don't always get a chance to secure in your collection due to being an Autograph model with no engravings. This classy Sheaffer Oversize Autograph Balance Fountain Pen in the Jet Black Celluloid would grade in Near Mint to Mint Condition. Certainly, this fountain pen is collector grade and is ready to write with or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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