Parker introduced the Moderne, one of their so-called Thrift Pens during the great depression of the early 1930's. The Moderne was an entry level pen developed to try and compete with all the other major manufacturers desperately looking to maintain their pre-depression sales. To a degree this worked, the Moderne was a good looking pen and sales were steady if not spectacular. This and other models in the Parker portfolio helped them survive the crisis and gave them much needed breathing space to finance the development of the Vacumatic which was destined to become a legend.
This is a standard Moderne finished in the attractive Red Veined Cream Onyx marble. All of these pens suffer from dramatic darkening of the barrel plastics caused by the corrosive inks of the time. The caps mostly escaped this fate but it is rare to find a perfect example of this good looking model.
The pen is fitted with the reliable button filling system. It was made around 1934 and is in good condition apart from the darkening of the barrel. The gold plating to the clip and cap ring is in good order. The imprint on the barrel is clear and legible.
The pen has been fully serviced and is filling and writing exactly as it did 90 years ago. It has been thoroughly cleaned and prepared.
The smooth Fine Semi Flex nib is beautiful to write with. It is a later replacement.