National Geographic : 1972 Aug
It's almost a collector's item. The Parker 75 Pen in vermeil. There is only one vermeil pen in the world-and Parker makes it. Because vermeil is almost unknown in this country and, frankly, because it's quite expensive, we make up only a limited number of these pens each year. Each one of these relatively rare pens is an impressive gift. Vermeil (pronounced VAIRmay), comes into being when gold is wedded to sterling silver, producing a soft, wondrously warm finish. Louis XIV used it freely at his palace at Versailles. The Emperor Napoleon drew together a superb collection which he so treasured that he had it cleaned only with champagne. The pen you see here in this historic precious metal is the Parker 75. Virtually everything about it is exceptional. Instead of a fixed point, we gave the Parker 75 a point that can be turned 360° until it meets the paper precisely, at whatever angle is most comfortable for you. Then we sculptured the finger area to a tapered trefoil, to provide a firm grip. Your fingers will find a naturally comfortable fit against it, and the pen automatically will be in the best writing position for you every time you pick it up. By its own weight, the pen provides almost ideal writing pressure. What pressure you add or subtract with your fingers will give your writing its distinctive style. You even have a choice of how to fill the pen: by cartridge, which is convenient, or from a bottle, which costs less. The Parker 75 is guaranteed, of course. If the pen fails to perform due to defects in materials or workmanship, we will repair or replace it-free. For the person who combines a taste for beauty with a sense of history, the Parker 75 in vermeil presents an almost perfect gift solution. At $50 it is literally a gift fit for an emperor. PARKER World's most wanted pens The Parker 75 Pen in vermeil is $50. Also available in 14K gold fill, $35; sterling silver, $25. Matching ball pens, soft tip pens and pencils. You'll find the famous arrow clip on every Parker, from the $1.98 Jotter Ball Pen to the $150 Parker 75 Presidential Pen.