Lot 198 of 594:
PARKER No. 47 Mother-of-Pearl Paneled "PREGNANT PARKER" Fountain Pen, c.1906  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$3,600
$3,500 - $4,500

PARKER: No. 47 "Pregnant Parker" Lucky Curve Fountain Pen, Mother-of-Pearl Panels


United States



No. 47 Lucky Curve eyedropper-filler fountain pen, ​mother-of-pearl panels, highly-repoussé floral-pattered gold-filled cap and barrel bands, black hard rubber endpiece and section. 138mm. No. 3 Lucky Curve keyhole-vent nib, slight-to-medium flex. Very fine to excellent condition; the gold is bright with light surface scratches, the cartouche is free of engravings, the imprint is crisp, the black hard rubber section is just lightly faded, and the mother-of-pearl panels are flawless. The pen is in its original unrestored condition, and comes from a collector who has owned it for almost 30 years.
The "Pregnant Parker" earned its nickname due to the graceful curvature of its barrel.  While not as rare as the Parker No. 60 "Aztec", it is by far the most sought-after of the early Parker eyedroppers. Its aesthetic virtues have led many enthusiasts to deem it the most beautiful pen ever made.
-Lambrou, Andreas. Fountain Pens of the World. [Los Angeles: 2005], pp. 62-63.
-Fischler, George & Stuart Schneider. Fountain Pens and Pencils: The Golden Age of Writing Instruments. [Westchester: 1990], p. 101.

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