I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new rubber sac. Hand polished the Gold Filling Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K Gold 2-Tone 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. The color of the pearl is spectacular with gorgeous color.
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 Gold Plate Clip that displays absolutely no wear - perfect condition. The Gold Filled Cap Banding is in Excellent Condition, just a hint of wear on the lower edge on the sides - not noticeable but want to point it out for clarity sake. The Gold Filled Lever is in excellent condition with very minor wear of the gold filled plating at the very end of the lever. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO. FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. MADE IN U.S.A.". Collector Alert: This pen is in remarkable condition. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Oversized Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen measures 5 1/2" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
I have tested the lever filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The ink window on this Sheaffer is water clear and in perfect condition.
This Sheaffer has the LIFETIME 14K 2-TONE NIB. The Platinum coating on the upper half of the nib has nearly worn away but does not affect the writing capabilities. The actual writing portion, the iridium, of the 14K Sheaffer NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .76mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine to medium stroke/line that varies between .54mm to .71mm when measured with digital calipers. I have to point out that this Sheaffer Nib writes very smooth. 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 Ebonite Pearl Celluloid that would grade in Excellent+ Condition. The coloring of the barrel is immaculate 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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