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Identify Pen With Chinese Text Printed
Posted 03 June 2018 - 19:00
My grandpa gave me a Parker box containing two pens which he'd had for years; a fountain pen and a ballpoint (it looks like there was originally a third). They're brown-ish with gold lacquer, and what looks like Chinese characters printed on the side.
I have two questions:
1. Are these genuine Parkers? I've googled a Parker version of these pens, and they look slightly different - "Parker" is printed in red under the clip, and there's no identification mark etc.
2. If they are genuine, what are they?
(I'm new to the forum, so will add images when I'm able).
Posted 03 June 2018 - 19:05
Posted 04 June 2018 - 05:43
Posted 04 June 2018 - 10:44
Hi and welcome to F.P.N.
These are Parker Arrows, finished in Chinese Lacquer (yes they are genuine).
Your pens have the second version of the Chinese characters on the caps.
The first version (eariler) had two characters and apparently it is the phonetic transliteration of the Parker name pronounced "pai" and "kuh".
On the second version (yours), the meaning of these characters is "natural laquer".
Hope this helps.
Posted 04 June 2018 - 10:58
While the 95 and the Arrow use the same nib, based on the clip, yours are definitely Arrows, and are beautiful!
You might want to consider giving them a good cleaning, as they're likely to have been put away with ink in them.
Posted 06 June 2018 - 18:42
I have never seen Chinese lacquer finishes on the Arrows before but i dont really collect them.
Parker 95 have feathers on yhe clip. The Arrow has a plain clip like yours. I think the 95 and Arrow are otherwise identical.
Edited by thx1138, 06 June 2018 - 18:44.
Posted 07 June 2018 - 06:53
Posted 07 June 2018 - 11:57
Thank you everyone for your responses. I'm glad to have finally identified these pens!
I'll give them a clean, at your advice, and hopefully they'll be back to their best condition and ready to be used again soon.
Posted 07 June 2018 - 15:50
Beautiful finish. Though I personally don't collect post 19980s Parkers.
I can't wait around the 17,000 years needed to collect them:)