Parker Duofold

1930-33
About This Model

Parker's Duofold was the successor to its early pens, the numerous and various Jacknifes and Lucky Curves, appearing first in 1921 and lasting until the late 1930s. Its transition kept the Lucky Curve name, and its feed, for the first few years, but more importantly effected the shift from ebonite to celluloid, the Dupont brand it called Permanite. Duofolds came in Seniors, Juniors, Ladys, and Juniorettes, as well as desk pens, and are easily recognizable for their “derby” crowns and detailed imprints. Typical for their day, Duofolds are button-fillers, generally with firm to stiff nibs. They were very well-made, solid pens, so are often found today in surprisingly good condition, even after decades of steady use.

About This Pen

This Duofold is a Junior, in Jade Permanite, from the early 1930’s. It shows its age in discoloration but it is not at all deteriorated. The Juniors are 4.5″ long capped and .45″ across. The ebonite crown and tassie both show nicks and nibbles, but thankfully they are limited to those two places. Barrel and cap, discoloration notwithstanding, are very clean and attractive. The button is quite firm and it fills well. The gold trim is all clean and shiny. This pen’s imprint is almost gone; just enough remains to confirm its age, since Dufold imprints evolved over the model years. The nib is a typically firm fine; it writes very well with a firm and heavier hand.

Price: $78