A little bit of history. Parker introduced pens with this plastic pattern in 1928 in the flat top style calling them Modernistic blue. As far as I know production only lasted until 1929 by which time the shape had changed to the streamlined style and adverts called the pens True Blue. While the pen looks very like a streamline Duofold, it was positioned lower down in the model range and is quite a lot thinner than the equivalent Duofold though build quality is the same. Construction is largely in the True Blue pattern permanite. This plastic is susceptible to discolouration from ink and the sulphur components of the ink sac and most of the not very large production run of the True Blue show significant browning of the barrel especially. this example has exceptional colour with only slight browning in a few minor areas. The end caps and section are made from hard rubber, again well preserved in this example.
The pen is about 5" long but fairly thin. In fact I find extended writing a little uncomfortable after a while simply because I am used to fatter sectioned pens. The all plastic/bhr construction means a weight of only 15g including ink. The filler mechanism is a button filler like most Parkers of the era. However the section is a friction fit unlike the Duofold which is threaded, so I am assuming that there is an anchor point for the bottom of the pressure bar inside the barrel. The nib is a size three 14k example marked 'Parker Lucky Curve', though the feed is of the straight christmas tree type. The nib has some flex and the writing in the background of the images was produced by this pen.
While the pen was obviously in good condition, it needed a service. I sent the pen to Eric Wilson (Eckiethump) who did an excellent job including replacing the ink sac with a silicone one to prevent future discolouration.
I have a soft spot for late 20s flat top type pens and this one is no exception. It cost around £50 which I think is a decent price. It's difficult for me to assess it's true value as these is little sales information. I found a very much more discoloured example on a dealers site that sold for £275. If anyone has an idea of value it would be interesting to know.
Overall a 59/60, docking one point for thinness.
Edited by Malcy, 06 September 2012 - 20:02.