Parker Duofold


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 as well. They were very well-made, solid pens, so are often found today in surprisingly good condition, even after decades of steady use. Their nibs are usually firm, but they're excellent writers.

About This Pen

This Duofold is a Junior Streamline, 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 crown is quite discolored, but not at all deteriorated. It’s possible that the clip is from a larger Duofold; the ring at the top of the cap is a little too wide. 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: $49 Sold

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