When I saw this in the showcase at the antique store with a price of $42.29, I thought there must be a missing nib or tipping, or something else very wrong with it, especially since it was sitting next to a very small Sheaffer Balance with a price of 150. When I checked it out, it looked like it was in pretty good condition. No cracks, only one small place with brassing on the cap ring. The lighting in those places never is very good but I figured it was worth the price so I got it. It even feels like the ink sac is still pliable. When I got home, I noticed that the white dot was recessed. That seems strange. Does any one know if that was normal or did someone mess with it? It looks to me like it is from the early 1940's.