Sheaffer Balance

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 Balance is a 1930 full length slender Lifetime in Black and Pearl, probably the model size with the most accentuated taper from the widest point of the cap to the base of the barrel. Its long bullet shape is rounded by the tapered cap. And, it’s a ringtop, which is not often seen in a full-size pen. It is in very nice overall condition, restored very well, but there is typical discoloration in the barrel and an assortment of scratches and bumps that are almost always seen in these early celluloid pens; these are all minor, need careful illuminated examination to be found. The imprint is complete and easily read. The gold trim is clean and untarnished. This pen fill strongly and well; the lever is strong.  The Lifetime nib writes as most of these early Balances wrote: fast, fine to extra fine. A good, solid pen in a shape that is not usually seen.

Price: $75 Sold

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