Saturday, December 31, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 445

One last newest acqusition to post this year... and it's vintage pen fan Christopher's!

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

He writes:

It is easy to see how the Parker Pen Company was just so successful with their Duofold line of pens. The Duofold seemed to hit the nail square on the head when it came to a dependable smooth writing and well designed writing instrument. And in that department, there were no exceptions. I was very lucky to pick up a late 1920s deep jade green with the attractive white flecks example, in just brilliant condition, but didn’t get around to restoring and servicing it until I was able to acquire a replacement button filler pressure bar. Still, once that bar was in hand, the pen came together rather quickly.

The thing that really grabbed me about this pen was two-fold. The first was the condition, since a lot of old jade green Duofolds have discoloured barrels, while this one had no sign of discolouration whatsoever. In the late 1920s, the Jade colour finish became darker and, to my mind, much more attractive. Then. with the addition of the white flecks, the effect was no less than stunning.

This pen is a short ribbon ring top and not too big at 4 ¾ inches capped, but once posted at a full 6 inches, sits quite well balanced in hand. The cap is long and sports the other point that grabbed me, a triple 14K gold filled banding. And with almost any Parker button filling system, it really can be said that the pen sucks up the ink to fill rather impressively. Atop the barrel, which is capped off at the other end with a black blind cap, is a similar coloured grip section. This section supports a very responsible Parker Duofold marked 14K gold flexy nib. Once inked, I was pleasantly surprised at just how well this pen wrote. I do have a good number of Parker Duofold pens in my vintage pen collection, but this one will be most used and cherished, on going, for both its attractive appearance and writing ability."
(to see a closeup of this ad--provided by Christopher-- left-click on the image, then right-click & select "Open image in new tab"/"View image", then left-click in the new tab)

We'll be back with more reviews of new pen-related acquisitions (including some modern fountain pens that I bought fairly recently) next week. 
In the meantime, best wishes to everyone for a happy & healthy New Year 2023!

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