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Parker's iconic "Big Red" was a huge success back in the 1920s, but entering the 2020s most surviving examples tend to have condition issues as well as later replacement parts. These Duofolds (and one Jack-Knife precursor) are notably well preserved.
14428: Parker 25½ Jack-Knife Safety: oversize black chased hard rubber screw-cap button-filler, 13.5 cm long, slightly shorter than a Duofold Senior, but markedly thicker. Bold imprints and strong chasing, hard rubber dark and glossy, intact Lucky Curve feed. Earlier production with raised barrel threads, cap imprint, slightly domed cap top, and original riveted pressure bar. Near mint but for light toothing to cap top milling, tipping on #5 Lucky Curve nib is present but somewhat draggy.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: broad flex • SOLD
14422: Parker Duofold Senior: oversize black button-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, single flush cap band, sharp end milling.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • SOLD
14424: Parker Duofold Special: orange button-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon model of Senior length but Junior width; made in USA, late imprint with inverted "1" 2nd quarter date code indicates late production using earlier parts. Very clean, noting scratch at end of barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1929/1941 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • $350
14423: Parker Duofold Senior: classic oversize orange button-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, clean end milling, spearhead feed with internal curved end trimmed off, later barrel imprint without Lucky Curve banner. Nib has been retipped and is missing some metal at the side of the heel (see photo) but is mechanically sound and solidly held in the section, some beveling to upper edge of cap body from polishing, overall condition otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • $325
14425: Parker Duofold Senior: oversize streamline button-filler in orange, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter "25" date code, black cellluloid end pieces, spearhead feed with longitudinal channel at base, name on barrel. Orange is one of the less common colors in the streamline series.
DATE: 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $385
14429: Conklin lever-filler: unmarked sub-brand version of the Five-Dollar pen, 12.5 cm long, gold plated trim, desirable green streaked off-white celluloid, warranted 14K gold nib, interesting 1931-dated Kiwanis inscription on cllip.
DATE: c. 1931 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $250
14437: Conklin Nozac: Royal Blue V-Line faceted piston-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, 5M size, Cushon-Point nib has an unusual turn-up tip that can also be used upside-down for an extra-fine line; crisp imprints, good transparency, beautiful color, short-lived model (late 1936 to 1938).
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $595
14438: Glico writing set in box: German-made, comprising a dip pen, letter opener, pencil, utility knife, seal, and lead holder, all in what appears to be casein-based plastic with painted decoration of flowers and butterflies. Box is 21.5 cm wide, dip pen is 14.2 cm long excluding nib. Some wear to the decoration on the pen holder, otherwise showing few signs of use.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $95
14427: Mabie Todd Swan Inksight Self-Filler: black chased hard rubber slip-cap bulb-filler, 13.5 cm long, inset glass windows in barrel permit viewing of ink level; gold overfeed, nib has an unusual architect-like tip grind, considerable flexibility. Chasing and imprints are clean, hard rubber shows only slight fading, tight hairline crack through one of the cap's side vent hole next to the slip-on clip (see detail; stable, does not affect function).
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium flex • $325
14236: Mordan cedar pencil holder: smooth 9K solid gold ringtop, 8.3 cm long, full London hallmarks, weighs 11 grams.
DATE: 1920/1 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $195
14431: Parker Duofold Junior: orange button-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, single raised cap band, spearhead feed with curved inner end cut off; strong imprint and end milling, excellent but for some spots of plating wear on the clip and an extremely fine hairline crack in the nib (at the base of the imprint, and stable -- this is not a flex nib).
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium firm • $165
14430: Parker Duofold Junior: orange button-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, flush single cap band, slightly later Duofold Deluxe nib, spearhead feed with curved inner end cut off; nib appears to have been retipped, and is a smooth writing with a bit of pleasant springiness.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium • $165
14432: Parker Duofold Junior: orange button-filler, 11.7 cm long, gold filled trim, two narrow cap bands, slightly later Duofold nib with 1935 date code, spearhead feed with curved inner end cut off.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $
14433: Parker Duofold Senior pencil: bright jade green with black end bands, gold filled trim, 13.4 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; excellent color, strong barrel imprint, metal crown has slight flattening to crown on one side (see details) but no dents -- much better than usual.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150
14434: Parker Duofold Juniorette Deluxe set: small black-veined pearl button-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, spearhead feed, excellent color; pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, is not an exact match as it is a ringtop, shows more wear including a pinhead ding to the nose cone. Black and pearl was only introduced shortly before the Duofold line was streamlined -- nonstreamlined examples are relatively uncommon.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine firm • $250
14445: Parker Lady Duofold: light and dark blue pearl button-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, English wartime production;.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium stub • $175
14435: Parker NS Duofold: olive green double-jewel button-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England; excellent appearance, but multiple hairline cracks in the cap lip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $85
14440: Parker NS Duofold: olive green double-jewel button-filler, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $175
14439: Parker AF Duofold: dark greenish blue button-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Denmark; clean condition, some tool marks to aluminum filler button, nib has nice flex, semistub tip.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $165
14389: Waterman 514: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with solid 14K gold "Filigree" overlay; 13.45 cm long, #4 New York nib, feed with patent imprints, initials engraved on barrel cartouche. Clip is not solid gold, but 18K gold filled (Waterman would install clips on older clipless pens and this was a popular retrofit; the original owner may have balked at paying $2 for a 14K clip when a gold filled clip could be had for $1).
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine flex • $865