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  1. RegDiggins

    Early French Parker 75s

    Looking through my selection of Parker 75s I came across 2 examples of the early French production. One is Rolled gold and the other is silver plated. Both have flat tassies with no room for logos and the bottom of the caps are marked as follows " PARKER then the PPshield then 30 Microns" ( silver plated ) and "PARKER the PP shield then 20mu Made in France. ( rolled gold ) The nibs in both pens are 18ct gold and marked with the French hallmark. They are presumably made before date codes were adopted . The 18ct nibs are marked 750 and at the time France would not allow any metal with less than 750 parts per 1000 to be described as gold. I noticed later models have 14ct nibs 585 parts so either the law changed or Parkers found a way of using nibs from the USA in the later production. The perforated tassie is also evident in later production. If these pens had been made in USA there would be records of numbers produced and dates when variations to the nibs, tassies, and inscriptions took place. does anyone know these figures ? Or does anyone know how I can pursue this matter further ? P.S. I found a reference to the Rolled gold example in a Collectibles book published in 2009 . The price quoted for a similar example was around 6 times as much as the later more common versions





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