Sheaffer Balance

late 1930s
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

Balances, both Lifetime and non-Lifetime, were Sheaffer’s top production lines from the early 1930s until after WWII. They were available in numerous lengths, girths, colors and patterns, filled by lever or plunger, and now, generally with a cleaning and filling system restoration, excellent and durable pens.

A typical non-Lifetime Balance, this one a Miss Universe model from the late 1930s, at 4 7/8” long capped and slender girth. It is a vacuum filler with wonderful barrel clarity behind the Golden Brown colors, so the user can easily see the ink in the barrel. This pen is a bit unusual with its jeweler’s cap band, a model marketed directly to jewelry stores for gifts and inscription. It carries the proper “3” nib, and writes a firm fine for a firm writer. A very attractive user pen that will hold a lot of ink.

This pen is not for sale.