I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, cap and barrel. Replaced the old rubber with a new glass-ply sac. Hand polished the Long Round Ball Humped Clip, Gold Filled Cap Band and HUGE 14K NIB. Buffed and Polished the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy of fountain pen. This Sheaffer Balance is an Oversize, which measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 1/2" posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The cap has the Long Round Ball Humped Gold Filled Clip, which dates this style pen to 1930 to 1931. There is very minor brassing to the end of the ball on the clip. The Gold Filled Cap Band has very minor brassing lower edge. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co, Fort Madison, Iowa. U.S.A., PAT. D-78,795". The color is very good on this pen, but is not MINT.
The 14K Sheaffer Lifetime NIB is a HUGE with Pat # on both the front and back that reads, "187531". The 14K Sheaffer Lifetime NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .75mm, measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample the NIB writes with a fine line. The writing sample provided, the fine line measures at .47mm with digital calipers. This NIB is ridged, no real flex. The sample was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This is a wonderful vintage Oversize Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen displaying a very good Marine Green "Pearlized" color. This would be a great pen for the collector display and would grade it at Excellent. It is ready to write or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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