Size: Capped - 5 1/4 inches; posted - 6 3/16 inches.
The AF or "Aluminium Filler" Duofold was made by the UK arm of Parker from 1948. A very short production run means these pens are not common today. It is the immediate predecessor of the much more common Aerometric Duofold and looks outwardly almost identical. This is a glossy jet black example that is in excellent, and as far as I can tell, totally undamaged condition. The cap has a black conical end "jewel" and a rolled gold Parker Arrow pocket clip. There is also a wide cap band - also rolled gold - that has the usual "deco" engraving. At the end of the barrel is a blind cap. This can be unscrewed and beneath is the original gold anodised aluminium filling button and aluminium collar that it is held in. It is quite unusual to find these pens with the gold filling button as they are nearly always plain aluminium. The barrel imprint is fairly shallow on this pen, but still complete and quite easy to read. Very unusually, this pen still sports its original price sticker of 30 shillings plus 6'8 tax. The lovely large nib is in 14 carat yellow gold in medium point, marked "PARKER DUOFOLD" and "14K PEN" with "N" for Newhaven.
I have fully serviced this pen. It fills and writes superbly. The nib lays down a very smooth medium width line that is both wet and consistent. The nib also has a little softness and will manage some understated line width variation as you write. The paperboard box is also in very nice condition with just a little corner and edge wear to the outside.
An unusual post-war English Parker in lovely condition.