I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the old packing unit with new, added a new plunger gasket, and new stainless plunger rod. Hand polished the Nickel Plate 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 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 Nickel Plated Clip that displays some very minor scratching around the flat ball on the clip. This Cap has the Nickel Plated Cap Banding with only some minor scratching that commensurates with age but overall the trim is in fabulous condition. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO. FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. U.S. PAT'S RE. 19,167 + D-78,795 OTHER PAT. PEND.". Collector Alert: The transparency of the barrel is Water Clear - this barrel transparency is near perfect, these are hard to find in this condition. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Oversized Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 1/4" posted.
I have tested the plunger filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The Plunger Filling System works excellent and holds an enormous amount of ink.
This Sheaffer has the LIFETIME 14K NIB. The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .82mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a medium stroke/line that varies between .62mm to .89mm when measured with digital calipers. I have to point out that this Sheaffer Nib has the Waverly point (where the point is turned up slightly) and writes very smooth - 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 very Rare Oversize Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen in the Gray Black Pearl Celluloid that would grade in Excellent Condition. The coloring and barrel transparency is in such immaculate condition and will be a prize for the new owner. Certainly, this fountain pen is collector grade and is ready to write with or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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