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
At 5 3/8” long, this Lifetime Balance is a full size, full girth pen from 1936-42 in Golden Brown striated celluloid. It has a full-size Lifetime nib that writes a typically firm fine line. This pen is in very good condition, with a very shiny and clean appearance and few marks; the view window is clear. There is a minor posting ring on the south end of the barrel. The trim is all gold and unmarked; the lever is strong, with a bit of tarnish. For some reason, this pen came to me with nib and feed installed in a ring; this keeps the feed a tad too high. Since it fits this way, I left it as is, and the oddity is accommodated in the price. The imprint is complete. This pen is very sturdy and can withstand steady daily use.
This pen is not for sale.