Parker Lady 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

Parker introduced Jade Permanite into its production during 1926, with its new “black-tipped” pens in Black and Red. Its full introduction was with the 1927 line, the same year that Mandarin Yellow and Blue Marble (commonly called Lapis) appeared. This pen is a Lady Duofold, identified both by its size (4.5” long, .4” girth) and its ⅞” wide gold cap ring, which was only used in 1927. This is a decent pen, has some typical darkening, is missing its ringtop, and the blind cap is a bit nibbled, but its jade is very attractive, the broad cap band is classy, and its “Lucky Curve” imprint is complete and deep. It’s a very nice writer, a little smoother than most, a nice wet fine. This would make a great pen to slip in a bag and carry around; a reliable writer that looks very nice. 

Price: $75

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