QUOTE(PeteWK @ Jul 13 2007, 02:06 AM)
QUOTE(PeteWK @ Apr 24 2007, 12:36 AM)
I got delivery today of a rare bird purchased on eBay late last week. Its a Sheaffer Balance Masterpiece. Its properly marked Sheaffer's and has the correct period font for the 14k hallmarks so I'm quite certain it isn't a jeweler's pen. The strange thing is that the feed and nib just seem to be 7 or 8 years later than the body and clip style. The clip screams 1932-1934 but I expected to find a flat feed and numbered Lifetime nib. I'm left wondering if the jewelry department at Sheaffer's lived on another planet with a different set of realities. That would figure as their production was low, costly and therefore specialized.
This is the typical configuration of the all-gold Balance-style pen. Sheaffer used this clip style on 14K pens they sold well into the 1940s.
In general, one should be cautious about assigning bracketed time periods (e.g. 1932-1934) to pen models or features, because it is illusory to consider the start date and the end date as being of the same class. Typically, the start date cited is indeed the start date -- date of first appearance. But the end date is almost never an end data at all -- it's actually the start date of the next version of that model or feature. The trap is thinking that when a new version of a feature or pen was introduced, that correlated with a termination of the older version of the feature or pen. Though the manufacturer's literature may give that impression -- they were trying to sell the newer version -- what was actually being made, assembled, and sold is usually quite different. Numerous examples demonstrate this principle -- flat-tops from 1937+, Jade pens from 1939+, etc.
This would be the one. And I'm still not buying what you're selling on the Grey and Pearl.
I'm not sure you read my post with care.
You said,"Just one recent example is my solid gold 1934 Sheaffer Balance that you swear was probably made in what, the early 1940s?"
To back up your statement you need to produce the quote of mine where I said that. The quote you posted above has no such statement; perhaps you inadvertently selected the wrong post of mine to excerpt. To support your claim about what I said, you need to produce the quote of mine where I assert that your pen was probably made in the early 1940s.
If you can't produce the quote you say exists, it would, of course, cast serious doubt on the truth of your claim, as I'm sure you understand.
I'd love to discuss the solid gold Balances; there are a couple I've selected from omy holdings that I'd like to shoot for discussion. But let's make sure it's clear what my actual claims are first.