The Parkette Deluxe


Back to the nineteen-thirties today, to that dodecagonal pen I hinted at, the Parker Parkette DeLuxe.  This is yet another of Parker’s Thrift-Time pens but for a money-saver it’s pretty well appointed. The fluting is a pleasure to look at and it feels good in the hand.  I’m surprised more pens didn’t adopt this design.  The black button with a white line under it on the cap top and the barrel end is an eye-catching feature, and the gold-filled lever, clip and triple cap rings was laid on thick enough to have withstood the passage of the years.  In all, this is quite an outstanding pen.


I have a theory that up to the nineteen fifties this country was flooded with foreign pens.  Most were poorly made and didn’t last long.  As very few of them were designed to be serviced, once the sac perished, that was it.  In the bin.  Some lasted a bit longer, like this one that was included in a lot I bought.


Here it is in the ever-popular “Pustule and Vomit” pattern.  My guess is that this, too, is a thirties pen.  If you study it for a moment or two you begin to see that it looks a bit like a child’s drawing of a Duofold.  At a stretch, this pen could be repaired.  The section fitting is best described as “rammed in” and it might need to be glued in place.  The pressure bar has disappeared so one would need to be cut to fit.  The peg that the sac fits on is very slender, so it would need a necked sac.  The plated nib, impressively enough, has tipping material and the blind cap and brass button are fine.

Obviously, the pen wouldn’t be worth the time and expense of repair as no-one in their right mind would want it at any price, but it has its interest, slight and passing though it may be.  Were these the pens that the majority of children carried to school?  Was the presence of a mass of these cheap foreign imports the reason that, unlike America, Britain never really developed a third tier of domestically produced pens?

One thought on “The Parkette Deluxe

  1. I think the majority of children didn’t have a fountain pen Deborah. Like most office workers they used dip pens and ink wells or pencils. Even the ‘cheap’ pens were a substantial outlay.
    When my dad started work in the late 1920’s he earnt about 10 shillings a week which only increased to £2.10 by the start of the war. Compare that to the price of a Conway Stewart pen at the time.
    My mother was a school teacher after the war and she was paid £90 every six months (imagine having to wait six months to be paid!).
    Regards, Peter

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