Extremely Rare Prototype Parker BIRD Sterling Silver and Enamel Rollerball Pen, N°03 of 35 Produced
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Extremely Rare and Beautiful **Vintage Parker BIRD Prototype Sterling Silver and Enamel Ballpoint Pen, Numbered 03 of 35 **
In the early 1980s, Parker France's CEO, Pierre Laffly, personally designed for the Company, a prestige luxury solid sterling silver and enamel roller ball pen targeted to compete with Montblanc. There were two models: one in smooth silver, with an enamel stripe on either side... the second in fluted silver. Parker had great expectations for these new pens, so that 35 prototypes of each were hand made. However, the process demonstrated that manufacturing costs, even for such a luxury model, would be excessively high. Consequently production never was undertaken.
Thereafter, in 1989, when Parker sponsored the International Antique Pen Salon and Auction in Geneva Switzerland, the Company decided to confide for auction, as a "Limited Edition", 34 each of the 35 prototypes produced (numbered 2 to 35 and 36 to 69 respectively). The remaining two examples were retained by Parker for their company archives.
This pen is accompanied by a Certificate from parker France, provided in 1993, testifying to the origin of this very exclusive piece.
Overall Length: 13.5 cm / 5 inches
Hallmarked: Sterling Silver
Condition: Mint, never used, fully tested.*********
Parker Pen Company
The Parker Pen Company was founded by George S. Parker in 1888. Dissatisfied with the pens available at the time, Parker's mission was to produce an eminently reliable pen. This tradition continued admirably in the decades that ensued, with the Company becoming the number one leader in writing instrument sales from 1920 through the 1960s.
Parker also continued to regularly revolutionize the fountain pen and all that accompanied it. In 1931 Parker launched Quink, an ink that did away with the need for blotters. This breakthrough also paved the way for Parker's launch in 1941 of the Parker 51, that would go on to become the most popular fountain of all times ($400,000,000 in sales over its 30 year lifespan).
The Parker Pen Company also came to epitomize prestige, as well as the highest standards of craftsmanship, technology and design. As such, Parker pens were frequently selected to sign important documents, including the Armistice following World War II and the INF Treaty between President Ronald Regan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.
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- Prototype / Limited Edition numbered 06/70
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- Mint, unused old stock
- Sterling Silver
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