I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Cap Banding and 14K Gold 2-Tone 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 gorgeous and very clean Gold Filled Clip, Lever, and Cap Banding which, displays no gold fill loss. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co Fort Madison, Iowa, U.S.A. Patented in the U.S.A.". Collector Alert: The section ink-view window transparency is Water Clear. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen is a Long-Standard size, one size below the Oversize, that measures 5 1/2" in length capped and 6 1/4" 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 2-Tone Lifetime 14K NIB. The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer Lifetime NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .57mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine stroke/line measuring at .47mm when measured with digital calipers. I have to point out that this Sheaffer Nib writes very smooth - it is such a pleasure to write with. 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.
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 Carmine Celluloid that would grade in Excellent+ Condition. Carmine is one of the most difficult to find celluloid colors in this model. Certainly, this fountain pen is collector grade and this fine writing instrument is ready to write with or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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