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I picked this up last week & it's got me wondering just what it is.

The pen is made of aluminium or some other similar light weight white metal alloy. It's a button filler. The button is exactly like those found in Duofolds. It's got a threaded section, just like a Duofuld. I don't have any spare Duofold Jr sections handy or I would see if they are the same size. I installed the "new" Warranted nib & clear C-Flo feed. It was wearing a beat up Wearever nib & generic HR feed when it came in. FWIW the replacement nib is awesome. (grin)

There are no imprints or information of any kind on the pen, just a nice engraved diamond pattern & pannel pattern.

For somw reason it just "feels" like something in the Parker family. Possibly a Danish cousin?

So any thoughts on what this may be?











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That does look like a pretty good knock-off. I've handled a few real Parker metal pens like that made with solid gold over plastic and marked "Germany" on them. Parker subbed out their solid gold pens of the era (1930s) for some unknown reason. Probably high craftsmanship at low wages given what was going on in der fatherland at the time.

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Parker did not sub out the manufacture of it's pens, in Germany.

Parker bought Osmia, a very good small German pen company in 1929.
Parker still could not compete in Germany; the pen was too expensive and did not carry enough ink, like a Piston filler that was common in Germany. I believe Parker stopped making pens in Germany in 1939.

Farber-Castell had 20% of Osmia and ended up buying up the firm in 1949. I have an Osmia-Farber-Castell, with a Osmia Supra nib. It was the best nib that was put on a Farber Castell for that generation. Farber-Castell closed down Osmia in 1951-52, and did not keep the nib. That is a flexible or semi flexible fine that writes very well. I'm a noobie, so can't tell for sure. I do like writing with that pen.
A Virgin pen of that sort is worth $250, so I think mine is worth $200, and I am so glad it did not end up at the Flea Market as planned.

So if it's a true Parker made in Germany, it is an Osmia-Parker.

There were lots of good counterfeit Parkers made in Germany and in Italy.

I either have a Parker Arrowed piston pen perhaps made by Osmia, just after Parker stopped, because the fletch of the arrows is smoothed out, or a very good Counterfeit. It is a copper stripped green pen.

The nib is a Ju-We, but things happen to nibs over the decades of use. The nib needs smoothing.

I have just started collecting pens, and got a real lot for repairing and nib work, as of yesterday when my "cigar box" of pens and parts arrived. Before I just had a few pens. Now I'm a collector newbie.


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