Pen Profile: Sheaffer Balance

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11190: Sheaffer golf pencil: black and pearl ringtop, 6.6 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; no imprints, but clearly as manufactured.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • $65 ORDER

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10248: Sheaffer Craig pencil: an unusual Mandarin Yellow Sheaffer, 13.1 cm long, nickel plated trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, eraser under crown; metal clean, scattered marks to the barrel (see details).

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • $95 ORDER

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11327: Sheaffer Lifetime Autograph Balance pencil: black oversize, 13.9 cm long, solid 14K gold trim, initials "F. M." on barrel band, fine appearance and function, uses 1.1 mm lead, noting bump to nose cone and usage scratches overall.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG • $120 ORDER

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11192: Sheaffer golf pencil: black ringtop, 6.6 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; bold imprints, no plating wear, some small mars to the nose cone. Uncommon in black.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • $65 ORDER

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11156: Sheaffer Balance pencil: green pearl and black marbled, 13.25 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon with twin wide patterned barrel bands; two-tone tip cone appears to be a later factory replacement, perhaps to convert this pencil to use thinner .9 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: exc • $120 ORDER

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11539: Sheaffer WASP Clipper: oversize lever-filler in black-spotted green pearl, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window, "VACUUM-FIL" marked nib; uncommon big subbrand model, retains original price sticker, but bubbling to trim plating (see details) and black replacement barrel end.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $250 ORDER

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7090: Sheaffer oversize Lifetime Balance set: grey striated plunger-filler, 14 cm long, chrome plated trim, with matching .9 mm pencil; doubly unusual, with wide fancy milled bands, pen barrel with two large side windows (transparency outstanding); smooth two-tone Lifetime nib with classic Sheaffer turnup tip; names on barrel, clips show some typical age porosity to the plating, barrel imprints crisp.

DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $500 ORDER

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10565: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance: unusual Canadian-made full-sized lever-filler, 13.9 cm long, silver pearl striated with "reverse trim" (gold filled instead of chrome), inlaid White Dot; combination of round-ball clip and this striated material is also unusual. Transparent section, two-tone Lifetime turn-up nib, excellent deep imprints.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • $250 ORDER

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9924: Sheaffer oversize Lifetime Balance: grey pearl striated lever-filler, 14 cm long, chrome plated trim, section with transparent ink window, large two-tone Lifetime nib with very fine tip; overall ambering is nice and even, imprints are strong.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: needlepoint • $465 ORDER

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10739: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance set in box: black oversize lever-filler,13.7 cm long, gold filled trim, inlaid celluloid White Dot, massive Lifetime nib; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead, name engraved on cap band.

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine rigid • $295 ORDER

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11155: Sheaffer pencil: black Canadian model of unusual form, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, "Clipper"-style clip and metal clip button. Good imprints, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine • $65 ORDER

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10432: Sheaffer Junior Balance: slender black lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, chrome plated trim, section with ink window, very clean example, name on barrel.

DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $125 ORDER

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11625: Sheaffer Feathertouch Defender: striated brown pearl lever-filler with over-the-top military clip, 13 cm long, gold filled over silver wartime trim, section with ink window, two-tone Feathertouch #5 nib; slight posting impression on end of barrel.

DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine firm • $125 ORDER

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11627: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Valiant: black plunger-filler with over-the-top military clip, 12.95 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, good barrel transparency, two-tone Lifetime nib with turn-up tip; slight shrinkage to filler knob, pinprick blistering to cap band (see details).

DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine firm • $120 ORDER

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11616: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Valiant: striated brown pearl lever-filler with over-the-top military clip, 13.2 cm long, gold filled over silver wartime trim, White Dot, section with ink window, two-tone Lifetime nib with turn-up tip; posting impression on end of barrel, name imprinted.

DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine firm • $120 ORDER

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11615: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Vigilant: striated brown pearl lever-filler with over-the-top military clip, 12.9 cm long, gold filled over silver wartime trim, White Dot, section with ink window, two-tone Lifetime nib with extraordinarily fine tip; very slight shrinkage around barrel at lever pivot retaining ring.

DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: needlepoint • $150 ORDER

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11624: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Vigilant: striated green pearl lever-filler with over-the-top military clip, 12.9 cm long, gold filled over silver wartime trim, White Dot, section with ink window, two-tone Lifetime nib, one pinhead ding to cap band, cap marks on posting of barrel. Military-clip Sheaffers were not listed in green in the 1941 catalog, and are relatively uncommon.

DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine firm • $160 ORDER

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11626: Sheaffer Balance Commandant: striated green pearl plunger-filler with over-the-top military clip, 13 cm long, wartime gold filleyedropper-filler over silver trim, barrel transparency near perfect, #3 nib writes a very fine and precise line; military-clip Sheaffers were not listed in green in the 1941 catalog, and are relatively uncommon.

DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine firm • $160 ORDER

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9252: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Masterpiece set in box: lever-filler with solid 14K gold cap and barrel, 13.1 cm long, with matching .9 mm pencil; pen has a big two-tone Triumph conical nib, ribbed section; engaved initials "C. R. H." on both pen and pencil; overall condition excellent but for typical end dings on caps of both pen and pencil, priced at little more than gold value.

DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine • $950 ORDER

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9239: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Masterpiece set in box: lever-filler with solid 14K gold cap and barrel, 13.2 cm long, with matching .9 mm pencil; pen has a smooth-writing two-tone Triumph conical nib, section with transparent ink window with excellent transparency; presentation inscription on both pen and pencil, "FROM JOHN MABEE/TO MY GOOD FRIEND ART", overall condition excellent but for typical end dings on both pen and pencil (see photos).

DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine firm • $950 ORDER

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10846: Sheaffer Triumph Masterpiece: 14K solid gold lever-filler,13.2 cm long, two-tone conical Triumph Lifetime nib is a smooth writer, section has transparent ink window; fully marked, no dents to the ends (very uncommon!), name neatly and lightly engraved in the barrel indicia.

DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • $800 ORDER

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3136: Sheaffer Fineline replacement nib units in box: 11 stainless alloy screw-in nib units, extra-fine tips, in original box for 12; "X-FINE" written on side of box.

DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: mint • $65 ORDER

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9835: Sheaffer Imperial pencil: sterling silver, 12.7 cm long, diamond crosshatch pattern, gold plated trim, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead; new old stock, patina readily polished bright, several available, original price stickers on back may vary from that shown in photo.

DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: mint • $95 ORDER

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8076: Sheaffer Imperial Sovereign pencil: 14K gold filled, 12.75 cm long, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead, new old stock, original price sticker on back; several available.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: mint • $80 ORDER

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7806: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, gold plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80 ORDER

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7780: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80 ORDER

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9829: Sheaffer Imperial pencil: sterling silver, 12.7 cm long, crosshatch pattern, gold plated trim, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead; new old stock, several available, original price stickers on back may vary from that shown in photo.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $85 ORDER

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