1925 1926 Parker Duofold Sr. BF in “Pompeian Brown” Celluloid. In 1921 Parker produced a group of Pompeian Brown Hard Rubber Duofolds for test marketing by Lewis Tebbel (who first proposed the design of the Duofold). These Duofolds were also test marketed in Chicago, with accompanying newspaper ads describing the pen as “red brown” or ”maroon.” By early 1922 Parker switched production to the orange/cardinal we are familiar with, calling it “Chinese Red” in their advertising. The example here was very likely made in 1925. The material is celluloid (Parker started using Celluloid in 1925) rather than hard rubber, it has the “medium size” DUOFOLD barrel imprint (made smaller in 1926), the large “Lucky Curve” banner and a single raised cap band (made level with the cap in 1927). Now why did Parker produce Duofolds in 1925 in Pompeian Brown, years after switching all Duofold production to “Chinese Red?” Shepherd & Zazove’s wonderful book, Parker Duofold, explains (p.128) that “…after the transition to celluloid many other color combinations were tried…and were not used as mainstream production.” Then the first color swatch shown is [Pompeian] “Brown!” So, the pen offered here is one of a small run of Pompeian Brown Duofolds produced in 1925 as a possible color to market, but was rejected and no more were made. Parker produced the Duofold Sr., Junior and Sr. Desk Pen in Pompeian Brown. GFT. Only six (6) Duofold Sr. in Pompeian Brown are known to exist. Fine nib. New-old-stock. Slight color shift where the barrel is protected by the cap, a small scratch in the “Duofold” imprint and a small flake missing from the plastic in the “F,” otherwise mint. Un-saced to protect the color. On request I’ll install a silicone sac.