Parker Duofold

1931-36
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 first 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. Later, starting in 1930, Duofolds adopted tapered barrels and caps, and were now Streamlined Duofolds; their lengths at each model were a few millimeters shorter s well. In the late 1930s, these later Duofolds transitioned into the vertically striped Striped Duofolds, which appeared in two generations, the button-filled models and then, until 1948, as Vacumatic-filled models (now often called Duovacs). There has always been some confusion among the overlapping models of the 1940s, but to me, if it carries a Duofold imprint it’s a Duofold; that plus a Vacumatic-filler makes it a Duovac, the Vacumatic-imprinted vertically striped pens are Vacufolds; but even the experts admit that there are more variants than can be named. Typical for their day, Duofolds generally carry 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 is a Senior Streamlined Duofold from the early 1930s, probably 1931-32 but quite possibly later into the 1930s, as Parker used up Duofold parts after ending American production. What are the clues? It is in Burgundy and Black, which first appeared in 1931 and was one of their most handsome colors. The body of the pen is streamlined, but the cap is of the late 1920s derby style. Parker being Parker, everything always fits perfectly. Finally, there is no date code, which often shows that the pen is a hybrid or produced after the curtain came down. Its length is right on 13.1cm, which is standard for Senior Streamlineds, even with the fuller cap.
It’s a really handsome pen, with one significant issue that makes it more affordable than other Senior Duofolds as nice as this one. A previous owner carved initials into the barrel, just above and across the imprint; while a personalization generally does not affect a pen’s pricing, this one is not professional. I decided to not polish it out, and to keep the imprint, since doing one without the other was not possible. In all other respects, this is a sweet pen! The trim is all very clean and unmarked, the button is firm and fills well. The very large gold nib is a firm fine, like many Duofolds. This is a good, elegant, highly desirable pen that can take heavy use; enjoy it!

This pen is not for sale.