This is an early Sheaffer Lifetime Balance, from 1929-30, model H74TC, in marine green. It is a longer pen, at 5¾” capped, with the “humped ball” clip and flat white dot of the time. The celluloid is in excellent condition, with no apparent deterioration. The gold trim is clean; the cap ring is missing a little plating. This pen has received repairs to three small cracks at the edge of the cap; such cracking is more the norm than the exception for these early celluloid pens. The repairs are secure and do not affect the cap threads. The imprint is complete and clear, and there is a personalized imprint for “Alvin S. Hopkins”. $10 discount to anyone with that name! The nib is a large Lifetime, very firm and, typically fine/extra fine.