Parker UK New Duofold
About This Model
Parker Duofolds had been made in the UK since the early 1930s, then generally following the contemporaneous American designs and often using American parts. These are rarely seen today. During WWII, a second series of Duofolds appeared in England, identical to the Parker Victory except for the imprint. The far better known UK Duofolds were introduced after WWII, starting with the Duofold NS, New Style. These had arrow clips and were button fillers, and were made in England and in Denmark for English distribution. The AF Duofold, initials to mean Aluminium Filler, appeared in 1948, and were very popular pens. Their aluminium mechanics were very sturdy and these were wonderful writers, with soft English nibs. Finally, 1953 brought the final significant version, the New Duofold, aerometric fillers. These were shorter, lighter models, made of extruded plastic. While the components were cheaper, these were usually excellent writers, carrying Parker's 585 nib. These later pens also spun off other similar versions, including the Slimfold, Junior, and the 17/17 Super. These last pens generally had friction caps, aerometric fillers, differing only in trim. They all appeared in the final Duofold colors of Green, Blue, Red, and Black.
About This Pen
This pen is one of the later New Duofolds from England, from the mid-1950s. A nice user pen in excellent condition, it is a deep dark blue. At 12.7cm, it is a touch shorter than more traditional full-sized Duofolds, American or UK, but is a very pleasing size. The barrel and cap are unblemished and the pen shows very little wear. The filler is strong; trim is untarnished. The aerometric filling unit is clearly marked “London”; it shows a bit of corrosion that I chose to leave alone. This pen’s nib is gold, marked “Parker 14K England”, and writes a wonderful wet and smooth medium. English nibs are very special writers, and this pen upholds that tradition.
Price: $100 Sold