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#1 david i

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 11:56 AM

Absolute Ebonized Pearl: A mini collection.

Yesterday I posted a would-be art shot of some very interesting, mostly off catalogue Sheaffer Balance pens from the 1930's in the color sheaffer called Ebonized Pearl. One fellow reminded me I'd left out the off-catalogue (in this color) golf pencil. Yes, I'd been focusing on pens and had forgotten that interesting item.

Here is the thread for that art shot.

Click Link for Sheaffer Ebonized Pearl Balances with off-catalogue variants



I also had enjoyed recently tossing most of my Roseglow Balances into a tray for a rough photograph outside the usual light box. Here is the thread for the Roseglow tray:

Click Link for Sheaffer Balance Absolute Roseglow


So, today I plonked all my Ebonized Pearl pen variants (and some pencils to match) into a tray for similar treatment. The photos remain rough. One day I need to make a larger light tent arrangement no doubt. Also I offer the photos (save for the first) at higher resolution. You will have to tell me if the 2000-pixel setting for most of these gets messy with the boardware-browser interface.

The scarce variants seen in the art shot above are present. The pens progress from slender to standard to oversize and largely from low line to high line. The rare non-white-dot OS thus should have been shown a couple slots to the left. Oh well. The presence of a large percentage of fancy, off-catalogue cap-band pens should be noted. The first 7 items are slender. Give the page a moment to load and the images should shrink to fit. Clicking on images will enlarge and/or re-shrink them.


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The last 6 items are oversized. The very last pencil is oversized Autograph, with solid gold trim. I don't yet have an Autograph OS Pen. There is an Autograph standard set earlier in the tray, the pen at slot 15, its pencil resting above it across the top of tray. For that matter what's up with the round-ball clip on the Autograph set? I'd been under impression round-ball was discontinued in favor of flat ball before the release of the Ebonized Pearl color. Perhaps I was wrong. Or maybe this is another quirk of the "off-catalogue" finding.


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I'm not sure I hunt Ebonized Pearl in completist fashion. Certainly, as with all my Sheaffer collecting, I don't insist to have both lever fill and plunger fill versions of otherwise identical pens. If anything, the otherwise possibly completist spin I take on this color is... casual. I don't carry a list and don't eagerly hunt missing pens. But, when nice examples cross my desk (bargain finds or collection purchases) and one proves new to my collection, I do tend to toss it into the permanent collection.

This flat shot has ridiculous glare. Oh well. Someday with the larger light box, I can always reshoot.


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Finally, oblique in two planes (is there a term for that?), this one at 1500 pixels. Can you find the Canadian pen?


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Comments invited.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:42 PM

What's with the pen in slot #10? Looks to be full size w/ chrome trim.



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Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:13 PM

My granny's name is Ruth Kaufman and she had her pens stolen. I demand you send her pencil and the 6 OS pens to me immediately! ;)
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:50 PM

From my monitor #1, 2, & 10 look to have reverse trim.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:26 PM

From my monitor #1, 2, & 10 look to have reverse trim.


Same here.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:28 PM


Can you find the Canadian pen?


Wouldn't be the one at the lower left of the picture (outside the tray) would it?

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 04:39 AM

What's with the pen in slot #10? Looks to be full size w/ chrome trim.


The long/standard pen with chrome trim in slot ten is just that.

It is considered reverse trim, as the dominant trim on pens of this line is gold-filled. It is catalogued in the USA only with gold-filled pen.

This is the Canadian pen in the bunch. As chrome trim crops up much more frequently on Canadian pens (though still a minority finding, based on my limited observation) the value impact is much less significant.

Still... a sweet pen.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 04:40 AM

From my monitor #1, 2, & 10 look to have reverse trim.




Hi Pedro,

See my response to Matt regarding slot 10, which indeed shows white trim on a full size non-Junior pen.

Slots 1 and 2 technically are not reverse trim as all Sheaffer Juniors are catalogued with white trim, and these two are those 4th Tier Balances, Juniors in short and long, of course slender.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 04:41 AM

Wouldn't be the one at the lower left of the picture (outside the tray) would it?

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Nope. Slot 10. The reverse trim was a clue.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:43 AM

Figured I'd add to the eye candy.

Picked up a gem Ebonized Pearl oversized Balance a couple pen shows back. I already have one about the same grade (with earlier flat-ball clip) and as I'm not trying to acquire all Balance variants (clip evolution does not require new examples for my collection), I had not planned to keep this one. It never made it to the website. A Sheaffer collector popped by my apartment in Manhattan to do some show and tell, and he ended up taking this one home. Really nice pen. Enjoyed shooting it.


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#11 JonSzanto

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:21 AM

Figured I'd add to the eye candy.

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I just recently got my first Balance, and it is the non-OS version nearly identical to that pen, though not a Lifetime. They could be siblings, in terms of identical pristine condition. I am so happy with this one (Balance) pen, I hope that doesn't sound absurd...

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:24 AM

I just recently got my first Balance, and it is the non-OS version nearly identical to that pen, though not a Lifetime. They could be siblings, in terms of identical pristine condition. I am so happy with this one (Balance) pen, I hope that doesn't sound absurd...


Hi Jon,

I would be amongst the last on the planet to judge absurd the enjoyment of finding a clean Ebonized Pearl Balance :)

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#13 JonSzanto

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 06:12 AM

Such a mensch. :)

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:24 PM

I do declare , it is a nice pen indeed!
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