Sheaffer Lady Balance

1936-42
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

Classic 1936-42 Sheaffer Balance, a Lady Balance if made after 1938. It is a Lifetime model that is short and slender, 4 3/4” long and 27/64” across, with the correct “radius” clip. In “grey pearl” celluloid, this is a very nice looking user pen, has silver trim, is unmarked, very nice clean body and cap. It comes with its original full-size Lifetime nib, which writes a super-smooth fine/medium line. There is a flaw that has made it so inexpensive: a chip is missing from the barrel threads, where the section meets the barrel (visible in the third image). The chip is stable, there are no cracks leading from it, and the cap grips and holds firmly. That said, this pen can certainly withstand daily use.

(writing sample forthcoming)

This pen is not for sale.