Parker
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: 4842 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 4842: Parker: Vacumatic
Looking fresh from the factory is this 1946 Parker Vacumatic Major. Taking your breath is its azure pearl celluloid with perfect barrel clarity. We are talking that rare yellow with a hint of green and no ambering. Click the headline. We dare you to prove us wrong. Our vintage pen is in working order with a good diaphragm. Minimal wear and tear on the cap and barrel. Crisp imprint. Only the Vacumatic piston rod looks a little chewed or textured. You will write a nice medium line with its 14k gold nib. You might feel a hint of feedback. 12.9cm capped.
Pencil: 4839 Parker Duofold
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $69.99
Pencil: 4839: Parker: Duofold
Jade green really pops on this Parker Duofold pencil from the 1920s. You will find it is in great working order. Its 1.1mm lead advances and retracts with a twist of the gold-plated tail cap. That tail cap dips a little on one end from a probable drop, but it isn't a severe looking bit of disfigurement. You won't notice it on a passing glance. You have to really look for it. There's a little brassing on the pocket clip and nose cone. The cone also has a couple little nicks and scratches. Overall, the vintage pencil looks pretty damned good. Remove the tail cap to reveal an empty space where the eraser once was and some spare leads. 13cm.
Vintage Pens: 4841 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 4841: Parker: Duofold
Black streamlined Parker Duofold Seniors aren't the rarest pens in the Duofold line-up, but they aren't exactly everyday finds, either. We lucked out in getting ahold of this handsome devil that is fully restored. It was gently used, as you will see some light scratches and wear from where the cap snugged against the barrel, but there are no cracks or deep scratches. You'll find a little brassing on the lower cap band and clip. The barrel imprint is nice and crisp with a 1936 date code, which would also explain the arrow nib and comb feed. You'll write a smooth medium line with its 14k gold nib. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4519 Parker Vacumatic Maxima
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4519: Parker: Vacumatic Maxima
Do you wish your vintage grail pen came with a Japanese extra-fine nib? This 1939 Parker Vacumatic Maxima gets pretty close to Japanese extra-fine with the right paper. It is a beautiful silver pearl design with tolerable barrel clarity with ambering. No cracks, no scratches, no significant wear. It comes with a fresh diaphragm and a clean imprint and top and bottom silver pearl design jewels. There's monotone 14k gold nib. Click the headline for close-ups. Great aluminum speedline filler. Its only flaw seems to be the darkened metal trim around the blind-cap jewel. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4813 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $999.99
Vintage Pens: 4813: Parker: Duofold
Senior-sized Parker Duofolds with a wide cap band, such as this one, don't come along every day. In fact, they might only come along once or twice a lifetime, if you're lucky. We have one such beauty right here, and it has no cracks under the cap band. It is gorgeous with a deep Lucky Curve imprint, too! Fully restored with a new ink sac, its only flaw appears to be a thin sliver of brassing on the cap band. Click the headline for a close-up. This is a permanite model not the red hard rubber. Still, it is a great treat. There's a "Christmas tree" inkfeed and a 14k gold nib. You'll write a very nice medium line. Fairly crisp milling on the end caps, too! 13.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4520 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4520: Parker: Vacumatic
The larger Parker Vacumatic Maxima fountain pens are a difficult find these days. However, we are proud to showcase a very handsome golden pearl model from 1941. Our vintage pen has been fully restored with a new diaphragm. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or brassing. There is minimal wear. Its only flaw seems to be that the barrel is ambered. You can still see through it when empty, but the celluloid is fairly dark. Click the headline to see its beautiful two-tone 14k gold nib. You will write a firm, wet, fine line. The firmness gives it feedback, but it isn't scratchy for those who appreciate the nuance of a smooth nib with feedback. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4809 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 4809: Parker: Vacumatic
We still think that Parker Vacumatics are among the most ingenius filling systems. We restored this standard/major-sized vintage pen with a new diaphragm. It has a vibrant silver pearl design. You can see through the barrel, but it still has some moderate ambering. The pen was a daily user, but there are no cracks or deep scratches. It has light scratches and wear—some brassing on the clip and bands. You will write a very nice extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. Its date code is worn out, and we aren't sure which specific year in which it was made. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4808 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 4808: Parker: Vacumatic
Dainty Parker Vacumatic Debutante fountain pens are incredibly cute and a little trickier to find. Our vintage pen from 1940 is a silver pearl model. The barrel clarity is poor and darkly ambered. However, the pen has been fully restored with a new diaphragm and works great. This pen was well loved and heavily used by its original owner. No cracks or deep scratches, but lots of light surface wear. We like the arrow patterns on the gold-plated cap band. Mild brassing on the clip and clip band. Click the headline for a close-up of the nib. It is 14k gold, and you will write a smooth medium line. 11.9cm capped.
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