I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac. Hand polished the Gold Plated Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K 2-Tone 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.
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 Gold Plated Clip with Cap Banding displaying no wear - displays bright clean trim. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co Fort Madison, Iowa U.S.A., Patented In U.S.A.". There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen is a Long Standard size that measures 5 1/2" in length capped and 6 1/8" 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 14K 2-Tone Lifetime NIB that writes with a smooth line. The actual writing portion (the iridium) of the 14K Sheaffer NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .88mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine stroke/line measuring at (.45mm) with very light pressure and will flex up to a medium (.88mm) 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-black Ink. This Nib creates a very nice smooth writing experience
This is a fabulous Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen in the extremely hard to acquire Rose Glow Celluloid. I would grade this Rose Glow Sheaffer Long Standard Balance in Excellent Condition. Rose Glow is the most difficult colored celluloid to find and this one does not disappoint. Considering that an Oversize Rose Glow Fountain Pen will sell for $1800 ballpark and this Long Standard size is the second largest size, at $525 it is a bargain for the collector of this material and style of fountain pen. Certainly, this fountain pen is a fantastic addition to one's fine writing arsenal collection.
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