This is the standard sized high-end Balance, prior to the switch to names; it would develop into the Statesman (indeed, that later pen’s code was 74T in the lever version– the name might be considered a mere alias). Unlike the Statesman, it was not the same price as its oversize stablemate, costing 50¢ less– a bargain! It bears a white dot and the point is marked LIFETIME; examples made prior to the last quarter of 1931 will not have a two-tone mask.
Production Run: 1929 – 1937.
Cost When New: $9.50 (for modern value, try this calculator).
Size: 13.4 cm long capped, 15.4 cm posted, 12.0 uncapped.
Point: 14k gold with platinum mask.
Filler: Lever, capacity approx. 1.1 ml, or vacuum filler after 1933, capacity approx. 1.8 ml.
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