I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old packing unit with new and added a new plunger rod and gasket. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K Gold 2-Tone NIB. I also cleaned, buffed, and polished 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 exquisite 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 Gold Filled Clip and Cap Banding - the clip display very minor wear towards the top of the clip and the cap banding has minor wear on the right hand side - very minor but point it out for clarity sake. 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. ". There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. The ink window on the barrel is early with the helical design - the clarity is absolutely amazing with it being water clear, the barrel is a "show stopper" for a Sheaffer collector. This Oversized Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
The Sheaffer Ebonite Pearl Balance began production in 1936 until 1941. This particular Sheaffer OS Balance will date to the earlier part of that date range.
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 2-Tone Waverly 14K NIB. The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .62mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine to medium stroke/line measuring between .50mm to .72mm when measured with digital calipers. I have to point out that this Sheaffer Nib 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 an Exceptional Ebonized Pearl Oversize Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen. The barrel clarity is a real treat and finding an Oversize Balance in this condition is scarce The trim is good but does show some wear and could be replated which would turn this pen in Near Mint Condition. Currently, I would grade this in Excellent condition. This fine writing instrument is ready to write with or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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