The Parker '88' was launched, not surprisingly, in 1988. This pen is a first year, top of the range, '88 Corinth' in 22Ct. fluted Gold plate with maroon section and end caps.
In 1988 the Corinth was priced at $70 and went up to $80 in 1991. In 1992 the 88 Mk.1 was discontinued. The short production run and relatively high price of the top of the range model does promote 'collectability' of that particular pen at some stage in the future. Conequently pristine Corinths, such as this pen, are not at all easy to find.
The pen is a cartridge/converter filler. It is fitted with the original Parker ink converter for use with bottled ink, cartridges are readily available should this be the preferred filling method.
The pen is in mint, uninked and unused condition. It is strikingly attractive and bears no handling or storage marks, explained by the provenance outlined below. At 15.7cm., over six inches, in length when posted for use, it is a long and elegant pen with a very good balance and feel.
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.
The Corinth will be sent by Royal Mail, first class, signed for delivery.