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#1 Craig Forsyth

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 21:50

Hi all, I'm new to the FPN so first of all I'd like to say thanks for all of the fascinating conversations which have had me distracted since Christmas. I used to own a fountain pen at school a couple of decades ago, a parker 25, but can't remember for the life of me what happened to it. Since then I've used biros but have fond memories of using that pen.

I was recently given a Parker Duofold and have already put it to work but wondered if anyone might be able to tell me precisely which model it is and perhaps a little more about it? The pen measures 12.5cm when capped, has "Parker Duofold" and "Made in England" printed into the barrel and the nib is etched with "Parker Duofold 14k Pen N". As you can see from the photo, it has an aerometric converter.

I also wondered if anyone might give me a tip or two on how to polish the body of the pen up a little, as you can see it is somewhat scratched and scuffed. I understand it's best to mask off any maker's markings, what might I use to do that?

If I were to start collecting vintage fountain pens, where would you suggest I start? This lot should probably be a few separate threads but hey...

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#2 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 22:01

It is a british aerometric duofold from the 50's-60's, "parker duofold 14k N", the N means New Haven which indicates that your pen was made in England. The New Haven plant closed a few years ago.It is a pen worth to be restored and used as a daily writer

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:00

12,5 cm means it's Demi Duofold produced in Newhaven from1953 till1958

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:58

12,5 cm means it's Demi Duofold produced in Newhaven from1953 till1958


Ah, any chance of a bit more info on what the demi part means? Was it just smaller than other models? Thanks both for your responses , that's a great help. I now just need to work out how I'm going to clean it up...very carefully I think, from everything I've seen on here so far.
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:16


12,5 cm means it's Demi Duofold produced in Newhaven from1953 till1958


Ah, any chance of a bit more info on what the demi part means? Was it just smaller than other models? Thanks both for your responses , that's a great help. I now just need to work out how I'm going to clean it up...very carefully I think, from everything I've seen on here so far.


Demi is a little bit shorter (12,5 cm when capped) than standard Duofold (13,0 cm). There are some other small differncies. The pens from late production period (from 1958) had the nibs marked 15 (instead of N), when standard Duofold has the nib marked 25. Standard Duofolds were produced till 1961. The nibs from Demi were a little bit smaller (narrower) than Duofold's nibs.
More informations you can find here: http://parkerpens.net/ukduofold.html

The whole UK Duofolds (aerometric) range you can see here:
(Demi Duofold are nos 5 and 6 from left, when Duofold nos 3 and 4)
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:33



12,5 cm means it's Demi Duofold produced in Newhaven from1953 till1958


Ah, any chance of a bit more info on what the demi part means? Was it just smaller than other models? Thanks both for your responses , that's a great help. I now just need to work out how I'm going to clean it up...very carefully I think, from everything I've seen on here so far.


Demi is a little bit shorter (12,5 cm when capped) than standard Duofold (13,0 cm). There are some other small differncies. The pens from late production period (from 1958) had the nibs marked 15 (instead of N), when standard Duofold has the nib marked 25. Standard Duofolds were produced till 1961. The nibs from Demi were a little bit smaller (narrower) than Duofold's nibs.
More informations you can find here: http://parkerpens.net/ukduofold.html

The whole UK Duofolds (aerometric) range you can see here:
(Demi Duofold are nos 5 and 6 from left, when Duofold nos 3 and 4)
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Great explanation adamon, and thanks for the link.
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