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
1929-31 older Lifetime Balance, in Black and Pearl celluloid. No apparent typical degradation. Very large Lifetime wet firm medium/broad nib which is in excellent condition and writes a lovely, wet, firm medium/broad line. New j-bar was installed. There are some minor marks of age and wear, and it bears noting that although the cap does not screw all the way over the threads, it does close firmly.
This pen is not for sale.