Pens and Ephemera

George Safford Parker started the Parker Pen Company in 1888. He and later generations at his company revolutionized the advancement of writing instruments. Parker's first major innovation was what became called the "Lucky Curve" inkfeed, a device that both fed ink to the nib and helped prevent messes when the pen was stored nib up and capped in a pocket. The company's best loved pens include the Parker Duofold, Parker Vacumatic, Parker 51 and Parker Jotter. Not only are its vintage pens among the most heavily collected, the Parker Pen Co. is still alive and well today.
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Vintage Pens: 5439 Parker 25 1/2
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $749.99
Vintage Pens: 5439: Parker: 25 1/2
Here's one from the waaaay-back machine: a Parker 25 1/2! This is an oversized eyedropper from some time after the turn of the 20th century! Best of all, it is free of cracks. Sure. It has scratches, wear, faded imprints and some chocolate hazing but who doesn't after 110 years or more? You can see the original Lucky Curve imprint, though it is shallow/faded. The 25 1/2 tail imprint required magnification for us to read it. Click the headline for a close-up of the very early 14k gold Parker #5 nib! It is a great semi-flex that goes from fine to 2mm wide. We soaked out a lot of old ink, but it seems the old ink has sealed the eyedropper shut for now. We didn't want to force it and ruin such an amazing piece of history. 14.1cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5436 Parker Vector
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $9.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5436: Parker: Vector
Parker Vector pens took the venerable company for a very modern new look. Stalwart and reliable as any Parker pen, these made for great work horses. Our preowned pen is in good working order. It includes a working black Parker refill. Light wear. Perfect for work, home or travel. 13cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5417 Parker Urban
Filling Mechanism: Rollerball
Era: 1980-present
Price: $19.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5417: Parker: Urban
Feminine lines add an uncommon grace and style to the Parker Urban rollerball pen. The curves fall gently into your hand as you write. The matte blue and silvery colors offer a nice appearance. This pen is fairly new with only a little wear from use. It takes Parker rollerball refills, unsurprisingly. 13.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5319 Parker 61
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5319: Parker: 61
Do you think this was the rainbow connection Kermit the Frog was seeking? It is difficult not to fall in love with the 12k gold-filled and silvery rainbows on the cap of this Parker 61 fountain pen. We flushed as much of the purple and blue ink out of this classic capillary-filler as we could. No dents or deep scratches in the cap. The red barrel and hood show wear from where the cap snugs against it when capped or posting. Really nice overall. You will write an extra-fine line with a little feedback with this vintage pen. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5421 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5421: Parker: 51
Ugly pens need love, too. This hard working Parker 51, which was made in England, has been beat to hell from a lifetime of dedicated service. Its got scratches and goop and is a cosmetic mess, BUT it is still a bad ass, showing up to work every day. It has an aerometric filler and a 14k gold nib. You'll write a mostly smooth medium line with this pen. We flushed it out but it is still showing some blue-black ink. Yet, at these bargain prices, it is still a catch. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5405 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $399.99
Vintage Pens: 5405: Parker: Duofold
Enjoy the spark of green life this dead of winter with our jade green senior Parker Duofold. Its vibrant color will remind you of lush, warm days ahead. The cap is nearly perfect, but you can see the barrel is dealing with some discoloration. However, compared to many jade Duofolds, this handsome devil is doing alright. Click the headline for close-ups of the cap and barrel, as well as the 14k gold nib! You will write a firm fine line with a bit of drag. Not really feedback as much as a slightly slowing sensation as you write. We did not install a new ink sac, in hopes of helping this pen not to discolor further. However, we can install one for you, if you want. It has a nice "Christmas Tree" inkfeed, too. 13.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5400 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $349.99
Vintage Pens: 5400: Parker: Duofold
New Year's Eve used to mean fancy gowns and tuxedos. This vintage pen fits right in! It is a classic Parker Duofold Senior in black permanite. Fully restored with a new ink sac, this pen looks stunning. It has some minor wear from use, but it is pretty amazing. No cracks or deep scratches. Nice clean imprint. There's a little brassing on the pocket clip. You will write a nice medium line with a little feedback. Click the headline for a close-up. It seems a tiny crack is starting in the 14k nib breather hole. 14cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5397 Parker Insignia Set
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $19.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5397: Parker: Insignia Set
If you happen to have the initials and name "C.J. Wilson," you are in luck! We have a gold-plated Parker Insignia set that was literally made for you. Only the ballpoint pen is engraved. Nevertheless, it is a good set of writing instruments for business or pleasure. Both are in good working order. The pen has a working black, Parker-style refill. The pencil is loaded with .5mm leads. Each exhibits a little wear but no dents or major flaws.
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