Sheaffer Balance

late 1930's
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 a Deluxe Lady Autograph Lifetime, from the late 1930’s. This was Sheaffer’s top line model, scaled a little shorter and slimmer for smaller hands. Its name tells it all — Lifetime quality, white dot, Autograph cap ring beautifully engraved for P.H., Lady for its size. It has all the trimmings — ebonized pearl barrel and section with amber view window, 14k clip, lever, and cap ring; the cap ring is a true insignia ring, 5/16” wide, with continuous vertical lines. Although this is one very pretty pen, it has seen use and shows it. There are a couple of nicks and scratches that didn’t polish out, but nothing serious. The full size Lifetime nib writes as most did…firm to very firm, fine to extra fine. It’s a seriously attractive pen that writes easily and well.

Price: $98 Sold