Parker 180 gold plated fountain pen and ballpoint pen in the gold plated guirlande pattern, made at the Parker France Meru factory c1982. “Guirlande” literally means “garland” and this pattern is perhaps the most attractive in the Place Vendome collection of gold and silver plated pens introduced in 1980 as high end Parker models.
The 180 series was launched by Parker in 1977, alongside the Parker 75. The pen had a unique design of nib, not only able to be used on both sides – hence the model name “180” – but also with an under/over bottom feed and top steel bar designed to stop users who pressed the nib like they did a ballpoint from breaking the nib! The 180 pens have a nib with two points, typically the top is a medium and the bottom an extra fine, hence the X/M nib marking.
These pens were new old stock when I bought them some years ago. I have only inked the fountain pen 2-3 times since. It is in excellent condition. The nib is the M/XF combination, medium and fine points, as marked on the feed. The pen has dished tassies and is 13.1cm (5 1/8 inches) closed and 12.9cm (5 inches) with the cap posted.
To my knowledge I have never used the ballpoint and it is still NOS.
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