PA3253 Parker 61 Custom, boxed. (Fine)

PA3253 Parker 61 Custom, boxed. (Fine)
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  • Product Code: VINT_PA3253
  • £90.00
  • Ex Tax: £90.00

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PA3253 Parker 61 Custom, boxed. (Fine)

Date: c1960s

Size: Capped - 137mm; posted - 156mm.

This is a lovely glossy Rage Red Parker 61.  It is the Mark I version with the then-revolutionary capillary filling mechanism.  This pen is in excellent condition - externally, I can see no damage on it at all, and I would guess that it has hardly been used.  Internally, it is in similarly good condition with no damage that I can find on the whole pen!  The cap is all gold filled (1/10 12 carat gold fill) with no dings and no plating wear.  It is decorated with repeating groups of vertical incised lines - the "converging lines" pattern.  The grey top jewel is undamaged and clear and the rolled gold Parker arrow pocket clip is bright and shiny with no wear that I could find.  The barrel has a matching grey jewel at its end, with a gold filled tassie surrounding it.  The barrel unscrews to reveal the capillary filling tube.  The hood has the inlaid gold arrow just behind the nib, and the nib itself is made from 14 carat gold and is in a fine point.  Very unusually, this pen has a partial factory-applied chalkmark to the side of the barrel.  It says "61 CUSTOM  F  125/-" - the latter is the original price, a princely sum of £5.25!  The original box is also in beautiful condition with its unmarked pink satin lining and outer card slipcase.  

I have fully serviced this pen.  The nib is very smooth in use and writes with a lovely wet and medium width consistent line.  I do not see many of these 61s in the very popular Rage Red colour, especially in such nice condition.  I would be surprised if this one has been used more than once or twice in its entire life!

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