Type Oversize lever-fill fountain pen
Product Name Balance Lifetime
Manufacturer and Year Sheaffer, USA, 1929. This is the very first Sheaffer Balance model, with the long attached tapered tail. Subsequent models shortened the taper, and other models had a detachable tail. Long humped clip.
Filling System Lever-filling. We've fully restored and tested it, it's working very well.
Color Black with gold-filled trim.
Nib FINE Sheaffer's Lifetime nib is smooth and firm.
Condition Excellent condition. The plating on the cap band and clip both show some brassing. Handwear and microscratching all over. Additionally, towards the end of the barrel, there are some slight bulges or rings, which seem to be just about where the cap posts and may be the result of polishing the scratches. There are no cracks, chips, or personalization. The imprint is crisp. The pen has been fully restored and it's working well.