This is one pen from my personal collection. The pen is in the condition when I purchased it over 8 years ago.
The significance of this particular Parker Duofold, for those who do not know, is the material being red hard rubber and having the large imprint. In addition, it is an early circa 1922-23 production year fountain pen and considered one of the "grail" fountain pens for Parker collectors.
The fountain pen cap, barrel, and blind cap are in great condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The Cap has a Gold Filled Parker Clip with PAT SEP 5 - 16 stamped and has been polished to shine bright with no signs of wear. The raised single cap band does display some wear on the lower edging. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, Large DUOFOLD imprint along with "GEO. S. PARKER FOUNTAIN PEN JANESVILLE WIS. U.S.A. LUCKY CURVE PAT JAN 03-05. APR. 11-05 APR. 25-12 JUN. 4-12". The blind cap has the appropriately marked 6. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. The cap and barrel display absolutely wonderful color but if I had to say the cap is maybe a shade darker than the barrel - it is really tough to notice it in the images. This Parker Duofold is the Senior Size and measures 5 1/2" capped and 6 1/2" posted.
This Duofold has a Button Filler mechanism and has been tested with water and fills as it should. The filling unit operates as it was originally intended to and smoothly.
The Parker NIB is 14K and stamped, "PARKER DUOFOLD PEN". The actual writing portion (iridium tip) of the 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .88mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a medium to broad stroke/line. In the writing sample provided, the medium line measures at .75mm and the broad line measures at 1.02mm with medium to firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Montblanc Blue Ink.
NOTE: The Nib on this Duofold writes "buttery smooth". It is a truly amazing writing experience. I have handled 1000s of pens and the smoothness this nib creates when writing has to rank in the top 25 pens that I have ever handled.
This is Parker Duofold is of simple design, yet, very significant due to the hard rubber material and large imprint. I would consider the condition of this Parker Duofold to be in Very Fine Condition and boarding on Excellent Condition. It is a spectacular writing collectible and certainly a significant fountain pen that would make for a "holy grail" addition to one's writing arsenal collection.
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