The Valentine Pen company made good quality pens from around 1920. They also undertook subcontract work from other pen manufacturers to boost their turnover. Their own pens were well made but low levels of marketing meant that the company struggled to establish itself as an outright manufacturer. When Parker were ousted from Bush House in 1941 (it was needed by the government for wartime Radio transmissions) they set up a trading relationship with Valentine and in 1945 Parker bought them outright. The pre-war Valentines remain very desirable, they were often based on other successful models. This one is modelled on the Parker Streamlined Duofolds from the early 1930's.
This is the Valentine Pen, made in Permanite (celluloid) and finished in Chinese Red with gold trim. The colours are still bright and vibrant with no fading or discolouration. The imprint on the barrel is clear and legible. There are some minor marks and scratches to the cap and barrel and the gold plating is showing signs of wear, especially on the clip where there is very little plating left.. The pen is totally original and has been fully serviced. The bottom of the barrel is markerd "04"
The nib is a lovely medium which writes beautifully.