Parker 75 ballpoint.
The Parker 75 was introduced in 1964 and, despite its heavy price tag, became a best seller. the 75 is now very collectable both as a fountain pen or, as in this case, a ballpoint pen.
The pen is finished in gold plated 'Grain d'orge', or 'Barleycorn' pattern. This is a very successful way to finish gold plate as it allows the surface to maintain its sparkle without unsightly fingerprints. It is a strikingly attractive pen.
The pen carries a date code for 1988 which corresponds with the provenance outlined below. It is in totally mint condition throughout, unused and with no handling or storage marks.
The clip is secured by a Gold plated, faceted, 'stack of coins' cap stud with a dished end. The cap ring is plain gold plate and carries the engraving 'Parker France' along with the date code.
The high original price, and superb quality make the Parker 75 very collectable. A mint, Gold plated example, such as this pen, becomes available very infrequently.
The pen is part of a special collection created in the 1980s as a presentation to businessmen promoting Parker pens as prestigious business gifts. They have been left untouched since then so are now available for sale for the first time. Please contact me if you would like information about the whole collection.