For your consideration, we are offering for sale this Gorgeous Restored Circa 1936 Sheaffer Admiral Balance Plunger Filler Fountain Pen in the Marine Green Striated Pearl Celluloid. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned, and put back together and now is in wonderful writing condition.
I have replaced the old packing unit with new, added a new plunger gasket, and a new stainless plunger rod. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Jewelers Cap Banding, and 14K Gold 2-Tone #5 FeatherTouch NIB. I also cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of the fountain pen. The Marine Green Striated coloring is in perfect condition with barrel clarity being water clear - this is really a superb example.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks, teeth marks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has a Golden Filled Clip and Cap Banding all of which are clean and bright with no wear. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO FORT MADISON, IOWA, U.S.A. PATENTED IN U.S.A. LT" - I have to point out that the Imprint "LT" on the barrel is one I have not seen before. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen is a Long Standard size that measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 1/4" posted. I have to point out that the celluloid is exceptionally clean with it looking nearly in new condition.
The Sheaffer Plunger Filling System has been restored. I have replaced the old packing unit with a new, added a new plunger gasket, and a new stainless plunger rod. I have tested the plunger filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The Plunger Filling System works excellent and holds an enormous amount of ink.
Here is where this Sheaffer gets interesting due to the flex nib. This Sheaffer has a FeatherTouch #5 14K NIB. The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer FeatherTouch NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .64mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with an extra-fine stroke measuring at .42mm and will flex up to a triple broad 1.85mm stroke with firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. Typically, Sheaffer nibs are very rigid and after handling 1000s of Sheaffer during my lifetime, this particular nib is quite uncommon due to being a fully flexible nib...quite a treat! 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 Parker Quink Blue-Black Ink.
This Sheaffer Admiral Balance Fountain Pen is in magnificent condition and would grade it at Near Mint to Mint Condition. Certainly, one of the best Sheaffer Balances I have had in recent years in terms of condition, barrel clarity, and flex nib. This is collector-worthy and a super addition to one's writing arsenal collection.
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