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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: 5056 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 5056: Parker: Vacumatic
The Parker Pen Company made one of the greatest innovations in filling-system history when it created the Vacumatic. Using a rubber diaphragm, this pen keeps the barrel hollow to hold way more ink than contemporary ink sac pens of its time. We restored this vintage pen with a new diaphragm. Our Parker Vacumatic has some wear from use, but it remains in excellent working order. Sadly, the barrel clarity is nil. There's some brassing on the cap band. There is good legibility on the imprint, and it has a 1945 date code. You will write a nice medium line with its 14k gold nib. This is a major sized pen that is 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5069 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 5069: Parker: Duofold
Glittering bronze flakes juxtapose nicely against black flakes on this senior-sized streamlined Parker Duofold. There's minimal brassing and only light chocolate hazing on the end caps. Our vintage pen has been fully restored with a fresh ink sac. We think this is a British Duofold, but there is no mark indicating where it was made. Its faded imprint is still very legible. You will write a splendidly wet, juice broad line smoothly with its 14k gold nib. Click the headline for photos. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5058 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5058: Parker: 51
A rare broad nib helps this handsome teal blue Parker 51 Demi stand out from the crowd. Its aerometric filler makes it easier to fill, and its original pli-glass sac is still in great working order. The Demi models are a little shorter than the standard models, but it still feels great in your hand and writes well. You'll find a little light wear from use but nothing particularly stands out. Its nib is a degree or two off center but writes smoothly when you find the sweet spot. The broad nib is closer to modern day mediums, just a shade thicker. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5033 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $449.99
Vintage Pens: 5033: Parker: Duofold
Almost perfect but not quite. Check out the beautiful pearl-and-black celluloid on this Canadian Parker Duofold Jr. set. You can see some traces of the brown discoloration that got started in this vintage pen, but it isn't nearly as bad as most of these pens that I've seen. The inside of this cap is so clean, we're not sure the pen was ever used. It has been restored with a new ink sac. No cracks, major blemishes or brassing. Light wear if any. Click the headline to see a close-up of the original 14k gold nib. You can barely see it in the photo but there is a hairline crack just to the right or top of the "B" in the photo and it works its way up to the top bar of the "E" in "Pen." You will write a smooth medium line. Its matching pencil has perfect color but much more wear, and it doesn't work.
Vintage Pens: 5029 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: BB
Price: $349.99
Vintage Pens: 5029: Parker: Duofold
Lapis Lazuli Parker Duofolds are hard to find in such a vibrant blue condition. Yes, this junior-sized vintage pen is a couple shades darker than the matching pencil, but it is still a nice color. Click the headline for close-ups. The white flecks in the lapis blue pen are only mildly yellowed or browned in some places! The vintage pen has been restored with a new ink sac. You will write a juicy double broad line with its 14k gold nib. There is a Christmas-tree style ink feed. Spots of brassing on the cap bands and clip. Light wear on the cap and barrel. The matching streamlined pencil is not working very well, shows a little wear and brassing...and it is missing a decorative barrel band. Pen measures 11.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5009 Parker 75 Flighter
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 5009: Parker: 75 Flighter
The Parker 75 was really the last production luxury pen made by Parker during the golden age of vintage pen. This Parker 75 Flighter is all brushed steel with golden accents. No dents or deep scratches. It is a sharp looking pen. On top of the cap are four stacked levels, with the top being an open, monotone plate design. The bottom of the barrel doesn't have any golden trim. The section threads are plastic, not steel. There's a steel collar with hash marks to help you best set the position of the nib with the ergonomic triangle grip. It comes with a working, original squeeze bar converter, but it can take modern Parker cartridges and converters. You will write a fine line with a little feedback from its 14k gold nib. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4996 Parker 61
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 4996: Parker: 61
In the battle to create a mess-free fountain pen, Sheaffer created the Snorkel filler. A couple years later Parker created this Parker 61. The filling system was/is ingenius and passive. There's just a Teflon-coated tube with a capillary pack that automatically draws ink into the pen. Teflon coating makes for nothing to wipe down after filling. Our photo doesn't show the slight discoloration and wear on the hood of the pen. It looks two or three shades lighter than the barrel, and it has some scratches. The polished steel cap is dent and scratch free. Its 14k gold nib writes a fine line with a little feedback. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4993 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 4993: Parker: 51
Born in 1946, this Parker 51 is considered the Teal Blue with a gold-filled cap. The most unique thing about this pen is its cartouche for initials. We don't see many of these caps, especially without initials already engraved in them. We restored this vintage pen with a new diaphragm. Its 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine line. It isn't buttery smooth. It doesn't really have much feedback either. This is one of those nibs that is a little difficult to describe, but it is a pleasant writer. The cap has a couple tiny dimples on it. The hood and barrel show some wear from daily use. No cracks or deep scratches, but lots of light scratches and surface wear when you take a really close look. Still, at writing distance, no one will see the wear. 13.7cm capped.
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