Size: Length Capped - 5 5/8 inches; Length Posted - 5 11/16 inches.
This lustrous burgundy red '17' is in almost pristine condition. It is a new old-stock item from the stock of an old stationery shop. I can't find any damage at all here - there is no plating wear on the rolled gold trim and no noticeable scratches on either barrel or cap. It is a double jewel model with the wide cap band. The cap has a top jewel with a rolled gold Parker arrow pocket clip and a rolled gold wide cap lip band. The barrel end also has a jewel with an undamaged rolled gold surround. The barrel imprint is crisp, deep and still looks pristine. Very unusually, there is also an almost complete, though fairly faded, factory applied chalk mark on the barrel. The clutch ring is in steel. The barrel unscrews to reveal the Aerometric filling mechanism. This is also in excellent condition - shiny with no damage. The original pliglass ink sac is still eminently serviceable and shows the palest of pink colour castes, retaining almost full transparency. The hooded nib is in 14 carat gold, undamaged, with a medium point, and this ties in perfectly with the chalk markings on the barrel.
I have fully serviced this pen. The nib writes with a lovely smooth, wet and consistent and very nice medium width line.