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    Default Help with French Parker ID please

    This beauty is inbound to me, but aside from liking the looks of it, I have no clue what the model is or even the production date (short of some time after 1950).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!











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    Default Re: Help with French Parker ID please

    This looks like a French Parker "17" Lady Insignia.

    I associate the open nib Parker "17" with France and the hooded nib Parker "17" with England but according to this FPN thread, the open nib version was simply an earlier version of the Parker "17":
    http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/fo...238-parker-17/

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    Default Re: Help with French Parker ID please

    Thanks for the ID, using that as a search string I found the same exact pen identified as such. It also seems there were two different open nibs, the one on mine that is utterly conventional and one that is styled to look more like a unit nib (think 65 or 75), but which has a fairly conventional feed.

    I have a UK made hooded nib "Lady" that might be an evolution of the 17, but it has a less detailed clip like the 45. It's a fantastic writer, but just on the small side, so I'm hoping that the 17 is at least a smidge bigger in hand.
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    Default Re: Help with French Parker ID please

    I used to own a British Parker 17, early production, open nib. That nib looked nothing whatever like the nib in this pen. It is referred to as a "beak" nib, and is shorter than a conventional open nib. Somewhat beak-like. More like a stubby triangle.

    My pen was a perfectly wonderful writer. In a moment of excitement and generosity, I sold it for a lower-than-market price to a British pen pal of mine who had said he wanted to get into pens made in England. One doesn't always find equally clear opportunities for an act of friendship.

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