Sheaffer Balance Autograph

1940-42
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

The later Balances of the early 1940s came in a variety of sizes, colors, and filling styles, with either open or Triumph conical nibs. This pen is a Lifetime model, a Vacuum Filler with a Triumph 14K nib, its celluloid in striated Marine Green, and sporting a luxurious 13/16” wide jeweler’s cap ring. The pen is full-sized at 5 1/8” long; its long cap band makes it appear shorter than it is.  The pen has received a barely visible repair to its white dot.  It will hold a good amount of ink, since it fills directly into the barrel.  

This pen is not for sale.