Parker Lady Duofold

1922-23

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

During the early 1920s, Parker was actively transitioning from Lucky Curves to Duofolds. The last step was producing Duofolds while, as masters of hedging bets, keeping the Lucky Curve name on the pen. By 1922-23, the name in the imprint was the sole vestige of the Lucky Curves. This pen, a Lady Duofold, is in red hard rubber and carries the very broad, raised cap band available with the larger Deluxe models. It is just a bit larger than 4.5″ long capped and .4″ wide just below the cap edge, and is in very nice condition. The red hard rubber is largely unmarked, so the very long combined imprint is clearly legible. The black hard rubber blind cap and crown are oxidized, but both are without deep scratches or marks; the ringtop is present and holds well. The pen’s button filler is strong and fills well. This pen’s nib, above the appropriate “Christmas tree” feed, writes a firm fine line, typical for the day. Duofolds are almosts always excellent writes, and this is no exception.

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