I have taken this photo to show an interesting ‘feature’ of my gold-plated 75s in ‘Grain d’Orge’ finish.
The ‘dish’ plate at the centre of the cap-tassie of the BP is, like the ‘dish’ plate at the centre of the cap-tassie of the Ciselé Sterling Silver 75 FP, golden in colour.
But the ‘dish’ plate at the centre of the cap-tassie of the gold-plated FP is silver in colour.
I think that this was done deliberately - that it is not ‘a bug’, but is instead ‘a feature’. Having a different-coloured ‘dish’ plate enables one to easily distinguish one’s FP from one’s BP without having to remove either pen from one’s pocket.
Parker 75 ‘Place Vendôme’ BP, in gold-plated ‘Grain d’Orge’ finish. Made in France. Date code IE (1988 Q3).
Bought in a shop in mid-1989, so I am confident about this being its date of production.
Parker 75 ‘Place Vendôme’ FP, in gold-plated ‘Grain d’Orge’ finish. Made in France. Date code IE (1984 Q3 or 1988 Q3).
Bought through eBay in 2022, so I do not know which of those two dates is the correct one.
Parker 75 FP in Sterling Silver Ciselé finish. Made in USA. No date code.
But it has ‘dished’ tassies and its ‘Parker’ imprint on cap-band at rear, leaving a blank area under the clip on to which one might get one’s initials/monogram/logo engraved. So, it is a post-1970 pen. And the lack of date codes means pre-1979.