For your consideration, we are offering for sale this Rare Restored Circa 1937 Sheaffer Autograph "RUDY" Balance Combo - Fountain Pen/Pencil in the Green Striated Celluloid. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned, put back together, and now is in wonderful writing condition.
The significance of the "Rudy" pen is they were a special order. Being an Autograph Pen was already a special order pen, this was a special order on top of that. "Rudy" was Rudy Vallee and he was a Movie, TV, and Radio Star in the 1930s and 1940s. He created these special order pieces from Sheaffer from around 1934 to 1941 to give to his special friends and associates. There are only a handful of these pens known in the hobby today - they are extremely scarce pens, grail pens for some collectors. These came with the 14K Autograph Trim. The cap banding was always signed, "from Rudy", and in this case Hugh Cummings - a screenwriter and dialogue coach.
I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the Autograph Clip, Cap Banding, Pencil Nose Cone, and 14K Gold Lifetime 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. The color of this Striated Green celluloid is with gorgeous, vibrant color.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, teeth marks with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the Sheaffer 14K Autograph Clip in perfect condition. The 14K Autograph Cap Banding is in perfect condition with no dings or dents. The 14K Gold Pencil Nose Cone is in perfect condition. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO. FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. PATENTED IN U.S.A.". The 14K Autograph Cap Banding is marked with, "14K from Rudy To HUGH CUMMINGS". This Jade Balance Combo Fountain Pen/Pencil measures 6 1/8" in length capped and 6 1/4" posted.
I have tested the lever filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. Additionally, the Pencil will propel and repel - the pencil is working as it should.
This Sheaffer has a 14K Lifetime 2-Tone NIB. The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer NIB has a Medium point measuring roughly .82mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine to medium stroke/line that varies between .56mm to .59mm 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 MONTBLANC Blue Ink.
This is an Extremely Scarce/Rare Sheaffer Rudy Vallee Balance Combo Fountain Pen/Pencil that I would grade in Excellent Condition. The coloring of the celluloid material is in such immaculate condition it would be a prize for the new owner. Certainly, this "Rudy" fountain pen is a "grail" pen for some collectors and with a handful known in existence makes this one heck of an addition to one's writing arsenal collection.
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