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VINTAGE SHEAFFER OVERSIZE BALANCE FOUNTAIN PEN
Overall Length 5-3/4 Inches; Pearl & Black; White Dot; Circa 1930s
was £399.99
now £349.99 old ink pens
 
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VINTAGE SHEAFFER OVERSIZE BALANCE FOUNTAIN PEN

~ First Streamlined Fountain Pen ~

~ Large Bold Long Pen with Overall Length 5-3/4 inches ~

~ White Dot Representing Sheaffer's Lifetime Warranty ~

~ Stunning Pearl & Black ~ LARGE 14ct Gold LIFETIME Nib ~ Lever Filling ~ c 1930s ~

~ New Ink Sac Fitted, Serviced, Nice Overall Condition ~ 

 
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SUMMARY
 

      Up here for auction is a vintage Sheaffer OVERSIZE Balance fountain pen, which was manufactured in USA circa 1930s. The pen is the largest version of the series, of overall length 5-3/4 inches, and the diameter of the cap and barrel measures 9/16 inches and 15/32 inches respectively. The pen is in nice condition. This stylish Sheaffer was manufactured in RARE STUNNING pearl & black with gold trim. The pen bears a LARGE 14ct Sheaffer LIFETIME gold nib. There is a white dot on the cap, representing Sheaffer's lifetime warranty. The pen bears the lever-filler system, which is in perfect working order. A new sac has been fitted. The pen has been fully serviced and tested.

     Early fountain pen were made of hard rubber. In 1924, Sheaffer introudced the first successful plastic pen, made of celluloid. Then in 1929, just as streamlined was becoming the watchword of major industrial designers, Sheaffer got the jump on virtually all of its competitors by introducing a radical departure in pen design, the BALANCE. The new pens were attractively streamlined, with smoothly tapered ends. This Sheaffer Balance is a classic elegance and has been produced to the highest standards of carftsmanship. This would make an excellent gift to treat yourself or for someone special.

 
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SUMMARY
Model: Sheaffer Balance – USA
Colour: Pearl & black
Overall Length: 5-3/4 inches
Date Manufactured: Circa 1930s
Filler Type: Lever
Restoration: The pen has been conservatively serviced, polished and tested
 
STORY
 
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     In 1912, Walter A Sheaffer took his grand idea of pen-filling apparatus that utilized a lever system and, with his life savings, founds the W.A. Sheaffer company. During the early stage, the company ran with just 7 employees crowded into the samll back room of a jewelry store in Fort Madison, Iowa. The company later developed and earn substanical market share in the state. 

     In 1945, US Secretary of State James F Byrnes used a Sheaffer to sign the paper that brought the United Nations into being.     

 
DESCRIPTION
 
fountain pen cap THE CAP
Material: Pearl & black plastic
Top Ring: N/A
Top Jewel: White dot representing Sheaffer's lifetime warranty
Trim Pattern: Single gold cap band; Polished
Pocket Clip: Gold pocket clip with 'SHEAFFER'S' engraved, it is polished and adjusted to tight fit on your shirt.
Cap Screw: Smooth
Work Done: The whole cap has been gently hand polished to restore its shiny condition
fountain pen gold nib THE NIB
Material: 14ct solid gold
Grade: Medium
Imprint: Reads 'SHEAFFER'S LIFETIME REG.U.S.PAT.OFF. MADE IN U.S.A.'
Condition of Feed : Excellent ard clean; Extra large sized nib
Work Done: The nib and feed has been cleaned to remove dried ink and residuals. The nib has been polished to restore its shiny condition.
 
THE BARREL
Imprint: Reads 'W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO. FORT MADSON,IOWA. U.S.A. PATENTED'
End Jewel: N/A
Screw with Filler: Push type
Screw with Cap: Smooth
Lever: The lever is polished. It is very smooth and easy to raise.
Work Done: The barrel has been gently hand polished to restore shiny colour with the imprint masked
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THE FILLER
Type: Lever
Imprint: N/A
Ink Storage: Medium storage; Easy to handle lever mechanism
Work Done: A new ink sac has been fitted. Talcum powder has been applied on the ink sac to prevent it sticking with the inner wall of the barrel. The ink sac and the filler mechanism has been tested to ensure its full working order.
Functionality: Excellent
 
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