I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and barrel. Replaced the rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Cap Banding, and 14K Gold 2-Tone 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 fountain pen cap and barrel are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the White Dot with a gorgeous Gold Filled Clip that displays no gold fill loss. The Cap Banding is in overall excellent condition with displaying only bottom edge wear opposite side of the clip - I point it out for clarity sake as it is very minor. The lever is in excellent condition with no gold fill loss. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO FORT MADISON, IOWA U.S.A. MADE IN U.S.A.". There are no monograms or personalizations either the cap or barrel. This Oversized Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
I have restored the filling system with a new rubber sac. I have tested the lever filling mechanism with water and fills as it should.
This Sheaffer has the 2-Tone 14K NIB. The actual writing portion, (the iridium), of the 14K Sheaffer NIB has a medium/broad point measuring roughly .65mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with an extra-fine to medium stroke/line measuring between .36mm to .65mm when measured with digital calipers. The nib is very rigid and works great for taking notes. 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-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This is a fabulous Oversize Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen in the Carmine Red Celluloid that would grade in Excellent Condition. The coloring is fabulous with a beautiful two-tone nib. The Carmine Oversize Balance is a tough color to find and is commonly considered among collectors to be the 2nd hardest color and size to find behind Rose Glow. Certainly, this fountain pen is collector grade and is ready to write with or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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