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Vintage Pens: 3174 Sheaffer Balance 500
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 3174: Sheaffer: Balance 500
Nickel trim and grey straited celluloid make for a handsome color combination on our Sheaffer Balance 500. Large, standard size fountain pen...not oversized. The 500 imprint actually represents the original selling price for the pen. The matching pencil is a 250. We restored the vintage pen with a new ink sac. A daily user, our pen features moderate wear on the cap and barrel, but the cap band and clip have heavy wear. No cracks and a good clean imprint. The size 5 two-tone 14k gold nib writes an extra fine line very smoothly. Also working well is the matching pencil! Deep scratches mar the nickel-plated nose cone, but the rest of the vintage pencil only has light to moderate wear. No cracks. Under the tail cap is a petrified eraser and spare leads. Pen measures 13.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3173 Sheaffer Balance 1000
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 3173: Sheaffer: Balance 1000
Rich, vibrant green was a really popular color in the 1940s, and it is stunning on our oversized Sheaffer Balance 1000 fountain pen. We restored it with a new ink sac. The vintage pen is in remarkably good condition except for heavy brassing on the cap band and clip...along with a nasty crack from the lip of the cap to the other side of the cap band. The rest of the pen has only light wear. Its two-tone Lifetime nib writes a smooth, fine line a little dryly. Its matching pencil is a Sheaffer 400 in excellent working condition with minimal wear. It has what feels like a fresh blue eraser and a few spare leads under the tail cap. The 1000 and 400 signifiers are really the price of the pen in pennies...$10.00 and $4.00. Pen measures 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3146 Sheaffer Balance 1000
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 3146: Sheaffer: Balance 1000
Oversized Sheaffer Balance fountain pens in the striated "Carmine" celluloid are pretty rare to find. We were ecstatic to find one with an original two-tone 14k Lifetime gold nib. Restored with a fresh ink sac, this pen has a nice ink view window to let you know when you are almost out of ink. Although it is rare, it does have a few little issues. Much of the gold plating is missing from the cap band and lever. Its carmine cap and barrel have some wear from use, but the big drawback is a 5/16ths of an inch hairline crack from the lip going up under the cap band. The nib writes a remarkably smooth but firm, wet extra-fine line! Truly impressive writer. The barrel imprint is weak, but you can still read it...including its "1000" mark, which meant the pen originally cost $10. Also included is a Sheaffer Lifetime pencil. It has light wear and is in good working order. There is a hardened blue eraser under the cap. Several spare leads are under it. Pen measures 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3170 Sheaffer Balance Petite
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 3170: Sheaffer: Balance Petite
We don't often list pens as "adorable," but that is what this Sheaffer Lifetime pen is. It is easily the smallest production Lifetime we have ever seen. We restored it with a new ink sac, and there are no cracks or other major blemishes, other than the discoloration. An impression around the tail is uniform and potentially a factory feature. A teeny bit of brassing is on the ball of the clip. Its original 14k gold Lifetime nib writes a surprisingly smooth extra-fine line with good flow. 10.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3167 Sheaffer PFM I
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 3167: Sheaffer: PFM I
Even the base model of the Sheaffer PFM line is better than soooo many other pens from the late 1950s and early '60s. Our blue Sheaffer PFM I has been restored with a new ink sack, O-ring and point seal. It has wear from use, but it is in good, working condition. The good news is that there are no cracks in this Pen For Men. Its inlaid palladium silver nib writes firm (true) extra-fine line. The pen has a nice wide grip that helps prevent cramping as you write. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3166 Sheaffer PFM II
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 3166: Sheaffer: PFM II
Sheaffer's Pen for Men was seemingly the brand's equivalent of the Ford Edsel. It had a fairly short production run and is highly coveted decades after its release. Our's is a Sheaffer PFM II. That means it has an inlaid palladium silver nib and a steel cap. Fully restored with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal this handsome vintage pen is ready to rock your world. Okay, so it has some wear from use back in the day...tell us you don't want this to be your daily driver?! It writes with an incredible medium nib. If you click the headline for the close-up photos, you might see a black line stretching from the end of the nib to the section-barrel divide. It is not a crack, as we can't feel anything with the thumbnail test. The thick barrel makes writing without cramping a breeze. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3165 Penol De Luxe
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $175.00
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Vintage Pens: 3165: Penol: De Luxe
Are you familiar with the Penol story? It is one of our favorites in fountain pen history. Penol was a Danish pen company. Its owner originally imported Parker pens for sale and distribution in Europe. Yet, once he figured out the pen market and learned about manufacturing, he recreated all of Parker's best designs and started his one company called Penol! It was a huge success, but the Nazi occupation permanently crippled the company. These pens are tough to find in the U.S. and are coveted by those who know. Our vintage pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. We aren't sure if it is a 14k gold nib or a gold-plated nib. Click the headline for a close-up. Either way, it has a rare original nib that is OBLIQUE with FLEX! No cracks. Brassing and light wear. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3164 Conklin Endura
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 3164: Conklin: Endura
Conklin Endura pens were among the best of the 1920s. Our standard-size vintage pen sports a stunning, shimmering bronze-and-black marbling with yellow-painted rings at either end of the pen. We are pretty sure the yellow is original factory paint. We restored the pen with a fresh ink sac. The gold-plated trim shows about 3% brassing on the cap band and 10% to 15% brassing on the pocket clip. The imprint is clean and clear. Bite marks mar the tail a bit, and there is some light general wear on the rest of the pen. No cracks, but there is a tiny chip in the lip of the cap. Its original 14k gold nib writes a smooth, wet medium line that sings a little as it writes. 12.3cm capped.
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