Thursday, January 19, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 452

As promised, here's Stuart's "space age" vintage Parker 'Jotter' ballpoint desk set that he brought to our January meeting last Thursday!

Stuart begins: "This arrived on Tuesday from Peachland - it took one day to come."

(all photos courtesy of Stuart ~ please click on images to enlarge)

He continues:"In the 1956 Parker catalog, it’s described as “Free Form”, and sold for $12.50, not cheap at the time."

"The pen holder unit pivots up and down to adjust the height and angle of the two Jotter BP desk pens, which have satin stainless steel front barrels and black plastic tapers.  I fitted them with new Schmidt refills, as the old ones were dry and both Black ink, which is too boring - now I have Blue in one pen and Red in the other.

I don't show it, but the stainless steel or aluminum Parker name plate on the rear of the pen holder is mounted upside down!  I wonder how it passed inspection?"

"I’m thrilled to have one of these finally!  The price was reasonable and it’s in great condition.  This set seems only to have been available in the Jotter desk set range, not FP’s"

"From any angle this looks cool, so Space Age-y and mid-20th. Century futuristic.  Parker certainly had a talent for modern design! I haven’t been able to learn anything about who the particular designer was on this one.  So another beauty for the collection!"

"One more shot of the Parker set from a cool angle, done on my desk as the weather brightened a bit."

What a great design! Many thanks to Stuart for bringing this very cool desk set to our meeting, and for sending in this review, as well.

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