I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac in order to preserve the color. Hand polished the Gold Fill Sheaffer Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K Gold NIB. I also cleaned, buffed, polished, and waxed the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and protect the celluloid of the fountain pen. The color of the pearl is extremely clean with no significant discoloration.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in superb condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the White Dot with Gold Filled Sheaffer Clip that displays a touch of wear on the high point on the ball of the clip. The Cap Banding is in excellent condition with the gold-filled banding polished brightly. The Gold Filled Lever has a touch of edge wear on the end of the lever. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO. FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. PAT. D-78,795.". Collector Alert: These Sheaffer DeLuxe Petite Fountain Pens are extremely scarce to acquire especially in this condition. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Sheaffer DeLuxe Petite Balance Fountain Pen measures 4 1/8" in length capped and 4 7/8" posted.
I have tested the lever-filling mechanism with water and fills as it should.
This Sheaffer has the LIFETIME 14K NIB with Serial Number 3734319. The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .68mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine to medium stroke/line that varies between .50mm to .61mm 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 a very uncommon Sheaffer Petite Balance Fountain Pen due to the fantastic color on the celluloid and the small size. These were Retailed for $7.75 while the Oversize of the same trim was sold for $8.75 I would grade this pen in Very Fine to Excellent Condition. The coloring of the barrel is in such immaculate condition and will be a prize for the new owner. Certainly, this fountain pen is collector-grade and ready to write with or just add to your writing arsenal collection.
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