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Maker: Sheaffer.

This page refers to the Balance model using this name.

The Vigilant is the military clip equivalent of the Sovereign; slender, full-length body with a Lifetime point.

Production Run: 1940 – c. 1942 (I have a suspicion without supporting data that it would have been kept on until the end of the war).

Cost When New: $8.75 (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: 13.2 cm long capped, 15.1 cm posted, 11.5 cm uncapped.

Point: 14k gold with platinum mask.

Body: Celluloid.

Filler: Lever, capacity approx. 1.0 ml or vacuum filler, capacity approx. 1.5 ml.

Sheaffer Vigilant, vacuum filler, gold pearl striated. Note the placement of the white dot; it can’t possibly serve as advertising from there.

Sheaffer Vigilant, black vacuum-filler. With the cap in profile, one has a better sense of the literally over-the-top nature of the military clip.



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