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Window Pane Gray Pearl Sheaffer Balance Statesman fountain pen - fine point

Window Pane Gray Pearl Sheaffer Balance Statesman fountain pen - fine point

Regular price $257.52 USD
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I describe Balance pens like this one as window pane barrel pens. The pens have 2 wide panes of clear celluloid on opposite sides of the barrel. The panes on this pen have ambered but they still allow easy viewing of the ink level.

The window pane pens seem to have been made primarily in the last couple of years of Balance production which ended in 1941. I believe that is true because all those I've restored have celluloid covered, carbon steel filler rods but also price codes. These rods were made in the earliest Vacuum-Fil Balances in 1935 before Sheaffer switched to using stainless steel rods. The price codes (this pen is stamped 1000 below the manufacturer's imprint on the barrel) were introduced in 1938. So, this is a post-1938 pen with a pre-1936 filler rod. I believe that wartime shortages of stainless steel forced Sheaffer to revert to using the celluloid covered carbon steel rods. I've replaced the filler rod on this pen with one custom made from black oxide coated stainless steel. It will last as long as the pen.

The celluloid and chrome plating are without blemish.

The nib writes a smooth, wet, fine line. The filling system is freshly restored with modern, synthetic materials that will last for years with only an occasional dab of pure silicone grease on the filler rod.

This pen is comparable in physical dimensions to a modern Pelikan M6xx or Sailor 1911L (ProFit 21).

Capped - 135 mm (5.3”)
Uncapped - 116 mm (4.6”)
Posted - 156 mm (6.1”).
Cap - 13.3 mm (0.52”)
Barrel - 11.6 mm (0.46”)







Capped: 135 mm

Uncapped: 116 mm

Cap Posted:156 mm


Cap: 13.3 mm

Barrel: 11.6 mm



Filler Type

Vacuum Filler

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