I bid on an unidentified vintage Parker button fill pen earlier this week. It got here today, and I took a good, close look at the pen. I thought I'd identified it as a Parker Challenger, or maybe a lady's duofold, based on the seller's pictures.
That...was wrong. Both have an imprint of the model name, and what I got only had the Parker name imprinted on the barrel. So, not a Challenger or a Duofold. That meant I had no idea what I'd bought. So, I got on some forums (fora?) and did some research to figure out what I bought. Boy howdy, did I figure it out.
What I actually have is better. What I have is a Depression Time, also known as a Thrift Time.
It was very similar to both the Duofold and the slim Challengers, but
was missing the imprint of the brand name. Or a name imprinted on the nib, like the Duofolds often had.
And what I have seems to be a bit rarer.
A lady's duofold would be worth around $90 to $120; a Challenger Deluxe (like what I thought it was) would be worth $120-$150. My Thrift Time Parker? I've seen them going on ebay for $200. Or more.
They are a little uncommon, to say the least. And mine is in very good shape.
But doing the research and figuring out exactly what model I have was an incredible lot of fun.
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