Sheaffer Balance

mid 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

This Balance is actually a First Lady, from the mid-1930s, in Ebonized Pearl. At 4.8” long and just short of 1/2” wide, this is a smaller lever-filler, but not too small. It fits the hand nicely but will be more comfortable if your grip is a bit smaller. It’s a Lifetime pen, with white dot and Lifetime nib; it shows some wear. The gold trim is complete and tarnish-free. Imprint is clear and complete; there is a small, probably factory personalization that reads “Zola Matthew”. The gold two-tone Lifetime nib writes a firm, but not too firm, fine line; a fast writer.  

This pen is not for sale.