Sunday, June 18, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 503

~ Happy Father's Day to fathers everywhere around the globe! 👔 ~

Here's the second part of our "Parker Weekend" ---a review of another great Parker fountain pen Christopher recently acquired --a timeless classic ... the amazing Parker '75'!

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

Of all the Parker 75 models, the Cicele finished ones are my favourites. Years ago, I was fortunate enough to pick up the Insignia Cicele but the Sterling Cicele finish 75 just seemed to be at arms length until the other day. These are truly fine Parker pens, both in finish and in quality. They also have an adjustable nib which can be adjusted to the writer's hand, with a dial in gauge around the metal top of the grip section. The pen originally came with both an ink cartridge and converter option, and can I say enough about the lovely 14K gold nib, I think not!

But the sterling silver finish of this pen, with a boxed grid pattern, was made even more attractive by the Parker factory by applying the grid pattern of lines over a smooth pure high-grade sterling silver. And to further accent this finish, the factory applied a special satin in the line cracks to heighten the design finish effect. As the treated pure silver ages, the finish becomes even more attractive.

To complement this, the fittings are 14K Gold filled and both the cap and barrel have kind of a stacked coins flat end. Between the cap and the barrel is an attractive banding, marked ‘Parker’ in a large font, then ‘Sterling cap & barrel’, and below,’ Made in USA’. That leaves the Parker arrow clip, which is long feathered and quite elegant. This is truly a beautiful Parker pen and well worth adding to any vintage pen collection, especially mine. 

Our thanks to Christopher for his review! The next blog post will be a review of our June meeting, so watch this space :)

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