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    Default dating the Parker Sonnet.

    I assumed there'd be adequate information on this subject here, but nothing came up in a quick search........... but if I have that wrong, then the Mods. can delete I'm sure - no problem. The model is common enough and has been around for over twenty years with some very choice individual examples in gold plate and sterling finishes - none of which I have, yet.
    It was just the fact that these things can be dated, by their code, that made me think there might be some interest for folk who might have the odd pen but not be aware of the date coding - so have added picture of my few - plus the very useful data from Tony Fishier's amazing site - and as always thanks to Tony for making this available. Quite likely most collectors already have this information.
    That's not to say other sites don't have something similar, but you do also get the marvellous pix of Sonnets on this one.... http://parkercollector.com/codekey.html

    the code is found either on the cap band, or in that location when you have a bandless cap - and as far as I'm aware all are made in France. Hope of some interest.

    IIRC, from images on the Penography site, my picture shows from l. to r. ...........
    Solid Black Laque
    Deep Blue Laque
    Matte Black
    Flighter
    Premier Deep Blue Laque (I think)

    Let me know if I have my id wrong - thanks.
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    Default Re: dating the Parker Sonnet.

    Some Sonnets

    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...onnets1364.jpg
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...onnets1365.jpg
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...onnets1367.jpg
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...onnets1368.jpg
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...onnets1372.jpg

    I collected these for a while, mainly used and at low prices. Some of the Red Firedance and gray Moonbeam patterned finishes can be variable in color. There are also some Insignia pens in the first pic, plastic barrel with a gold plated cap. These are section-compatible with Sonnet, and Insignia nibs and Sonnet nibs are interchangeable. I like these pens, but the tray is where they are.

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    Default Re: dating the Parker Sonnet.

    thanks for the pix - they do make for a good showing - some great colours. As you'd expect, medium nibs predominate, and mine all appear to be nails, so nothing in the way of nice writing - whether more flexible nibs were out there I've no idea, and some can be quite pricey when new.

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    Default Re: dating the Parker Sonnet.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulS View Post
    thanks for the pix - they do make for a good showing - some great colours. As you'd expect, medium nibs predominate, and mine all appear to be nails, so nothing in the way of nice writing - whether more flexible nibs were out there I've no idea, and some can be quite pricey when new.
    I've had steel nibs and gold nibs. The gold nibs have a little bit of "give", while the steel nibs have none. Some steel nibs in the band-less Sonnets are painted gold, but the are steel. As solid as daggers.

    A nice feature of Sonnet nibs: they can be unscrewed and interchanged. They have what Parker75.com calls a "thick feed" in late-model French-made P-75s.

    An "ugh" feature: the Sonnets I have tend to dry out...they don't want to start even between pages. "Legend" says that Parker had trouble with an EU/US regulation that required a hole in the cap so that someone could breathe if they swallowed it.

    A nifty sales variation: Parker gave away a bottle of ink with some Sonnets. The ink? Paper Penman Sapphire, the discontinued Parker ink that sells for $50 - $150 a bottle now, if you can find it. Yes, I once bought a Sonnet just to get the ink...

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    Default Re: dating the Parker Sonnet.

    Quote Originally Posted by welch View Post
    An "ugh" feature: the Sonnets I have tend to dry out...they don't want to start even between pages. "Legend" says that Parker had trouble with an EU/US regulation that required a hole in the cap so that someone could breathe if they swallowed it.
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    The talk I always heard was that it was not that (that the same design team that made the Parker Sonnet also went to Sheaffer and designed the Sheaffer Prelude, which has a bitchin' cap seal sort of suggests this) (don't swallow your Sheaffer Prelude cap. You will not have a good time)) But that some process involving a rivet for the clip cracks the inner cap seal which rubs against it.

    All water cooler talk. Take with a grain of salt.

    I could be wrong. (probably am)
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    Default Re: dating the Parker Sonnet.

    I currently have one Parker Sonnet. It's a Moonbeam with a F gold nib, that came to me from Parker. Personally, I wouldn't entertain buying any Sonnet's with GP nibs, because I don't think I would be able to ascertain with 100% certainty whether they were authentic or not.

    Not that I would ever want to own any Sonnet's with GP nibs, but I definitely wouldn't want to saddle myself with a fake one.

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