NoName

1930s-1950s

This is one of those NoName pens that has probably spent the last eighty years moving from junk drawer to junk drawer but is just too good and too interesting to consign to parts. It is clearly 1930’s, its age manifest by its thick celluloid, necktie-style clip, ornamented cap ring, and “Iridium” branded nib. Its green marbled celluloid body is wrapped diagonally, as is commonly seen in lower quality production. Curiously, both crown and tassie are a full quarter-inch wide, and appear to be colored black or deep brown over the green celluloid, one guesses to look like separate, more costly additions. Part of this pen’s charm is that the black is wearing thin on the edges, revealing the marbled green underneath and creating a comfortable old shoe appearance. The trim, as one would expect, is missing metal but complete. The nib is bright gold plate, probably tipped with iridium given its imprint, and writes a very nice fine line! Do note that it writes better for an underhanded righthander. Buy this pen, drop it in your jacket pocket, and enjoy it! Click the title to see more details.

Price: $40 $35 SOLD

Sheaffer Balance

1930

This ringtop Balance is from 1930, and a 5-30 model, the “5” for the nib size and the “30” for the length of Sheaffer’s guarantee in years. This was their middle line, between Lifetime, which carried a “lifetime” guarantee, and the 3-25 line. 5-30 was generally the predecessor line to Balances, but in Balances first two years (perhaps more), it was also part of Balances, both in shape and name.
This pen is in one of the two first patterns available in Radite, Sheaffer’s proprietary celluloid, black and pearl (the other was black), and it is a ladies’ size, shorter, at 4 ¼” long capped, and close to full girth, at .4” just below the cap lip. The ringtop is original and in excellent condition. The nib, no surprise here, is the Sheaffer 5-30, and like every one I’ve used, it’s a firm fine. For once, I’ll admit that this is a pen that needs to be posted to be held in a larger hand, but it’s not uncomfortable unposted in a smaller hand. Click the title to see more details.

Price: $59 $49 SOLD

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