876.00USDto seventeen_fifteen + (166.44) buyer's premium. + applicable fees & taxes.
SOLD at 2009 Apr 09 @ 15:29UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Parker 75 fountain pen made in 1965 from 1715-Fleet silver, in a presentation box. 229 grams and 6½" x 3¾" x 1½" (entire set). As mentioned in his book Pieces of Eight, Kip Wagner's Real Eight Co. was badly in need of money when investor Ken Parker came forward with the idea to melt down 4,000 oz. of silver cobs from the 1715 Fleet and turn them into popular fountain pens (limited to 4,821 units) to sell at $75 each (triple the normal retail price for their pens), a small fortune in 1965 for anyone but wealthy executives. But it is not just the pen that makes these collectibles valuable: You have to have the whole package, with the box and certificates and booklets, and this offering has it all, including the green-felt pouch that is often missing. The pen itself shows the normal Parker 75 crosshatch pattern on the outside but with the all-important "SPANISH TREASURE FLEET - 1715" embossed on it and also with the oM mintmark for Mexico and the Mexican eagle in the gold accents at either end. Also included: a set of 5 replacement ink cartridges, just in case you care to actually make use of the pen! (For more information, go to the website http://www.parker75.com.) With hinged box, 6-5/8" x 3¾" x 1-3/8", that shows a map on top, a diagram of a galleon inside, inspection certificate/guarantee #77813, small booklet, and a notarized certificate signed by Kip Wagner.