I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the Gold Plated Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K Lifetime NIB. I also cleaned, buffed, polished, and waxed the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of the fountain pen.
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 the White Dot with Gold Plated Clip and Cap Banding. All of the gold-filled trim is in excellent condition with no wear or brassing - the trim is near perfect. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A., PATENTED IN U.S.A.". The Section Ink-View window is water clear. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen is a Long Slender size that measures 5 1/2" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
I have tested the lever filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The Lever Filling System works excellent, as it was originally intended to.
This Sheaffer has the Lifetime 14K NIB with serial number, "H87239". The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer Lifetime NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .58mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine stroke/line measuring at (.53mm) and will flex up to a medium (.73mm) line with firm pressure when measured 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 Parker Quink Blue Ink. Considering this Nib writes with an XXF to F line, it writes very smooth.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This is a fabulous Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen in the Marine Green Striated Celluloid that would grade in Excellent to Near Mint Condition - One does not see trim in this condition and this Fountain Pen is a well-preserved example. Certainly, this fountain pen is a fantastic addition to one's fine writing arsenal collection and collector grade.
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