Parker “Depression”

1930s

About This Model

By the beginning of the Depression, with the failure of many fountain pen manufacturers, even Parker felt the need to produce a lower cost line. That decision also resulted in their first lever-filled pens, after a decade of button-filled Duofolds. The first model was the Parco, what evolved into the Parkette, Parker’s first successful budget model. In successive forms, Parkettes appeared until WWII.

About This Pen

During the Depression, sales of fountain pens dropped sharply. Most of the minor companies disappeared, and even the largest were forced to accommodate to maintain revenue flow and market position. As I’ve been told by a couple of experts, Parker produced a variety of lower cost pens that looked like contemporary Duofolds but with lower quality celluloid, bought from a cooperative. Thus, this pen looks like a Duofold but isn’t. At 4 15/16” long and 3/8” thick, its dimensions are similar to a Duofold Junior’s. It is in grey sea foam with gold and brown marbling; the barrel is discolored from cap gassing, and has been theorized, imperfect curing of the celluloid rod. However, this is an attractive looking pen, particularly with the gold catching light. The trim is gold and completely clean, with no missing plating. The button filler is strong. The crown and blind cap appear to be made of ebonite, and are discolored but not unattractive. However, the nib is wonderful! It is marked Parker Lucky Curve, 2, and it is an exceptionally smooth and wet full medium/broad. This can be an elegant user pen or part of a Depression collection; either way it’s an unusual conversation starter!

Price: $110 Sold

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