Sheaffer Balance

1929-30

About This Model

Sheaffer Balances 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 non-Lifetime, and numerous models at different times. The Lifetime designation was carried over from before the Balance's appearance, and was kept to designate higher level pens. They carried Lifetime nibs and a white dot to signify the pen as a Lifetime; in addition, they came with the Lifetime guarantee, which continued for many years until the courts struck it down. 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. Balances were also designated with numerous sub-model names after the mid-1930s, and the use of Balance was ended altogether after WWII, with the obsolescence of lever-filled pens.

About This Pen

This is a first year Balance, a Lifetime model from 1929/30, in Jade “Radite”. The torpedo shape is accentuated because this is a full length, slender model. The jade is in excellent condition, with no deterioration or darkening. Some gold-plated trim is missing from the cap ring and clip, there is a repair to the barrel edge, done at some point earlier in its history, that appears to be stable; in addition, there are a couple of very fine cracks at the cap edge that I repaired. The nib is a typically firm Lifetime, and writes an extra fine.  A handsome 90 year old jade pen that can be used regularly with some care and a case. 

Price: $55 Sold

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