(SOLD) This is a mid-1930s White Dot Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen and Pencil set in Marine Green celluloid. The pen has a 14k gold, two-tone Lifetime Fine nib. The set comes in the original box. The pen is a full-length Balance, measuring around 5.4" capped and 0.42" in diameter. The pen has been restored, which included a complete disassembly, a thorough cleaning, an overhaul of the filling mechanism, adjustment to ink flow, a nib tune-up, and a gentle polish with a soft cloth (by hand). The pencil has also been restored to full mechanical function.
The phrase I wrote comes from a Sheaffer advertisement, emphasizing its Lifetime warranty program whereby each pen bearing the designation would receive unconditional guarantee for the lifetime of its original owner. The set appears to have been found unused, put away in a desk drawer for decades. Based on my inspection, the set does seem to be an a mint condition, with no signs of use, just very faint "handling" wear, difficult to see with the naked eye. The ink window is perfectly clear. The imprint strong.
The set's condition is its main attraction here. Imagine being transported back in time to the 1930s and purchasing this set from your local fountain pen store. It would be guaranteed for life. Now, you have a chance to own this set as though it had been preserved in a pristine condition specially for you. Pretty cool, isn't it?
I did restore the pen much like I do every other pen. I want to be sure that the pen functions as well as it's supposed to, and you will decide whether to make it your daily writer or put it away as part of your precious collection. A truly beautiful writing instrument, with gorgeous, gleaming celluloid, perfect gold-filled trim, and it even comes boxed. One does not come across such as set every day.
The nib writes a confident Fine line (0.4 mm on my paper) and it's a pleasure to use. After I did my writing sample, I replaced the sac, so that when you receive the pen it'll be in 'as new" condition, ready for your favorite ink. These Lifetime nibs are excellent performers! The nib is firm, but feels soft and pleasant on paper. A joy to use!