The Sheaffer Balance, introduced in 1929, was revolutionary. It was the first truly 'streamlined' pen and the design also ensured that the pen was slightly 'bottom heavy' in the hand, hence the name.
The clip design was changed several times in the first few years, enabling this pen to be dated between 1931 and 1933.
This Canadian made example has a lovely black finish, described by Sheaffer as 'Jet Black' and a Gold filled ball ended clip, filler lever, and cap ring. The barrel imprint is worn and barely legible. The cap carries the Sheaffer 'White dot' mark of quality and the gold filling has held up well.
At 13.5cm. capped and an impressive 15.8 cm. posted it is a long and most distinguished and unusual pen.
The pen has been fully restored and tested. The sac that came out looked original, it was replaced with the correct, large no. 19. sac. It fills well, taking up a good volume of ink, and the Sheaffer 'Lifetime' two toned Gold nib writes with a smooth, firm, fine line.
A Sheaffer Balance in such fine condition is a quite rare and highly collectable vintage fountain pen. It's hard to believe that the pen is approaching its ninetieth birthday!