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A Special Special Edition Duofold?



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Hi all. I've bought a mint Parker Duofold International at a low price on eBay early this year, and was told that the pen was either a special edition or mistake.

 

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The pen comes with a "Greenwich" emblem on the cap, which can be found on the Duofold Centennial Greenwich special edition that was released in 1999.

 

There are several things that intrigue me quite a lot. First, I couldn't find any info confirming that Parker released the Greenwich edition in international models, in which this is consistent with what the seller said. Second, the Greenwich Centennial's got a black chase pattern, while my international was plain and gloss black. Also, the imprint on the gold Greenwich emblem seems to be black in colour (Pls refer to this: http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/showimage.aspx?gid=1653785&ppid=1122&image=840289307&images=840289233,840289237,840289247,840289254,840289262,840289273,840289284,840289294,840289297,840289304,840289307,840289314&formats=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0&format=0)

but mine's got no colour

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(Though I've seen similar plain emblem on the rollerball version - still the pen's got the chase pattern on it. link: http://www.ebay.com.hk/itm/PARKER-DUOFOLD-GREENWICH-ROLLERBALL-PEN-NEW-IN-BOX-RARE-/382017076704?hash=item58f1fdfde0:g:TLEAAOSwcu5URntO&autorefresh=true).

 

Besides the emblem my pen is a perfectly working ordinary Duofold International. The date code clearly shows that the pen was manufactured in the 1st quarter of 1999. which makes pretty sense as the Greenwich edition came out in 1999. And without a doubt it's a pen made in UK.
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Does anyone have the faintest idea of this mystery? Is this pen really a "special special" edition or mistake? Or even worse, just a random Duofold international made in 1999 with emblem changed by a random guy?

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very interesting. i have the original greenwich and it was, of course, in the centennial size, and chased.

 

since the international caps were smaller we can only surmise that the emblem was made specifically for this pen (or others like it).

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RobertNFrappuls

This could be a cap top from the rollerball that was put on a regular black International. It's not terribly hard to swap cap tops.

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very interesting. i have the original greenwich and it was, of course, in the centennial size, and chased.

 

since the international caps were smaller we can only surmise that the emblem was made specifically for this pen (or others like it).

Actually I wonder if the emblem is the same for centennial and international models as the edge(or the rim? whatever) of the cap is a bit thicker for centennial. So perhaps Parker made a mistake (Anomalous?)?

 

This could be a cap top from the rollerball that was put on a regular black International. It's not terribly hard to swap cap tops.

That's another possibility. But the pen is mint (Or at least it looks mint). Can't really think of a reason to change the emblem and sell the pen at a lower price lol

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