I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the 14K Solid Gold Clip, 14K Solid Gold Cap Banding, and 14K Gold 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 Sheaffer Autograph is an early style pen with a full ball clip (note the full ball clip lacks a Sheaffer imprint, while all cataloged non-Autograph pens with full-ball clip have "Sheaffer's" markings on the clip). These were typically executive pens - they were the individuals that could afford these types of pens back in the day.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. This Sheaffer Standard Balance is an AUTOGRAPH model having the 14K Solid Gold Clip and Cap Banding. The clip and cap banding have been polished to shine brightly and display no wear. The lever is in excellent condition shining bright with no wear. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. PAT.D-78,795". This Autograph model has the engraving on the 14K cap banding that reads, "Elmer E Thibeank". This Standard Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 1/8" posted.
I have tested the fountain pen lever filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The pencil is twist activated and also is working as it should.
This Sheaffer has a 2-Tone Lifetime NIB that is 14K. that is measuring roughly .40mm, an extra-fine point when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with an extra-fine to medium stroke/line variation. In the writing sample provided, the extra-fine line measures .42mm and will "flex" to a Medium .63mm stoke/line when measuring 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-Black Ink.
This is one of those vintage Sheaffer Standard Size Fountain Pens you don't always get a chance to secure in your collection due to being the scarce Autograph model. This classy Sheaffer Oversize Autograph Balance Fountain Pen in the Marine Green Celluloid would grade in Excellent+ to Near Mint Condition. Certainly, this fountain pen is collector grade and is ready to write with or just add to your writing arsenal collection.
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