About This Model
Sheaffer’s Balances, both Lifetime and non-Lifetime, appeared in 1929 and were Sheaffer’s top production lines from the early 1930’s until after WWII. They were available in numerous lengths, girths, colors and patterns, filled by lever or plunger, and were well enough made that now, with a cleaning and filling system restoration, they make excellent and durable pens. There were two distinct levels: Lifetime and not-Lifetime. Lifetime models, from the 1920 pre-Balance years, carried Lifetime nibs and a white dot to signify the pen as a Lifetime. Although the Lifetime guarantee, which was really service, continued for many years, after WWII the white dot was used to denote higher level pens, and then became Sheaffer’s brand identifier. Non-Lifetime pens had lower trim levels but were made of the same components; their nibs were very good and were often much softer and easier to write with than Lifetimes.
About This Pen
This is a nice smaller Sheaffer Admiral, a “short, standard girth” model of probably 1947. 1946-48 were the final years of the Sheaffer Balance style, and this was after the Balance name was no longer in use. It is in Marine Green celluloid, 4 15/16” long. It carries the proper Feathertouch nib, and writes a nice wet fine line. In very good user condition, this is a workhorse pen.