Friday, May 20, 2016

Parker Duofold "Big Red"

Been a while since I posted anything about fountain pens. One of the prize pens in my collection is the Parker Duofold in red, also known as the "Big Red."  I picked it up at a very reasonable price at an estate sale.

PenHero writes, The Parker Duofold was introduced in 1921 in a very unusual orange red hard rubber called "Chinese Lacquer Red." The majority of hard rubber pens being made at the time were all black, so the Duofold stood out. It was a very large pen, being 5 1/2 inches long capped and 6 7/8 posted and the large red pen quickly became known as "Big Red," the name it and all following large red Duofolds are known by to this day...

More info here from ParkerPens.   

These flat-top Duofolds were manufactured from 1921 to 1933.  Mine is a Parker Duofold Senior, made in 1928.  The two flush, narrow bands on the cap date this to that year.  

The nib is gold-filled (medium) with the arrow engraving.  The body is Permanite (celluloid) and the filling mechanism is a button-filler. 

It had previously been restored, and it is a real treat to write with a fountain pen that is almost a century old!


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