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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: 5244 Parker 61 First Edition
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 5244: Parker: 61 First Edition
In our humble opinions, the last great golden era of fountain pen design filling system innovation was the capillary filler by Parker. A Teflon tube filled with a material that messlessly drew ink from a bottle was genius. Unlike Sheaffer's overengineered Snorkels, this pen required no mechanical movement at all. We flushed this first edition Parker 61 until it ran clear. It had blue-black ink in it before, and there might still be some lurking within, in spite of the flushing clear. The only trouble with these pens is that it is very challenging to change ink colors. Its 14k gold nib writes a smooth medium line. Click the headline for a close up. Only light to moderate wear from previous use. No cracks. A couple little pits or dings in the steel cap. 13.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5243 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5243: Parker: 51
Parker 51 fountain pens remain popular 80 years after their introduction. Due to a small mark on the barrel, we aren't 100% sure if this is a 1945 or '46 model. It is in good working order. We got it from a long-time vintage pen collector who gave it to us in good working order. The pen shows some light wear on the cap and barrel. You can see the marks in the lustraloy cap pretty easily in the photo. You will write a fine to medium with its 14k gold nib. We don't know how else to describe it, but there's a bit of feedback as you write. We smoothed it out, but there is still a sensation as you write. Sorry that sounds vague, but it is a vague feeling. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5234 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 5234: Parker: Duofold
It was a big deal when Parker Duofolds switched from hard rubber to a stronger material called "Permanite." This is a nearly perfect senior-sized permanite cap and barrel—only a little wear from use and where the cap makes a ring as it screws to the barrel. Nice deep, crisp, clean imprint that was slightly darkened to make the perfection more visible. Minimal, if any, brassing on the gold-filled trim. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. Click the headline for a close-up of its 14k gold nib. You will write a smooth, firm fine line that just barely lets you feel the paper beneath your hand. Are you on the close-up, yet? You should see a tiny hairline crack sprouting from the breather hole. We can't see it with the naked eye. There's 10-times magnification on this photo to help show it. Also, the nib has some discoloration we can't buff out on the left side of the nib from the breather hole to the left. Nevertheless, it is a great writer that looks sharp. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5171 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5171: Parker: Duofold
A Duofold or not a Duofold? That is the question. Buuuut, a Duofold by any other name is still a Duofold. Sorry to get so Shakespearian on you as we sort out this classic Parker desk pen. It looks just like a Parker Duofold desk pen, but the imprint doesn't call it a Duofold, only "Geo. S. Parker—PARKER—Made in U.S.A." Either way, it has a beautiful black-and-pearl design with comparatively little discoloration. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. You fill it with a button filler, as with any other Duofold. Click the headline for a close-up. You will write a nice extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. The barrel and taper have wear from use but no cracks nor any deep scratches. The taper looks a little warped. Its golden taper ring is misshapen. The ring has the potential for falling off while refilling. This vintage pen is more of a junior size width. 18.6cm. Base is missing.
Vintage Pens: 5159 Parker Lucky Curve
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1910-1919   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5159: Parker: Lucky Curve
Parker advanced the efficiency and ease of using fountain pens when it created the Lucky Curve inkfeed. This is an early Parker Lucky Curve button filler from the very early 20th century. Click the headline for close-ups of the pen and nib. Notice the pen still has a slip cap and significant chocolate hazing of the black hard rubber (ebonite). We have not attempted to restore this pen. Notice how the threads of the blind cap by the button are missing. We feel that this rare older pen is likely too fragile to properly disassemble and put back together. Its 14k gold nib is a beautiful number 2 size that writes a very smooth medium line with a little flex. It also appears to have an early inkfeed. The pocket clip is an aftermarket clip made by the Rexall pharmacies. Slender and 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5132 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 5132: Parker: 51
In the first quarter of 1946, when this Parker 51 was made, it was a time of boundless optimism. The war was over, the baby boom was just starting, business was thriving and anything seemed possible. Who knows what this vintage pen might have helped record? We do know it has been fully restored with a new diaphragm and that it still looks pretty sharp. Only a few very small marks can be found on the gold-filled cap. Its original blue enamel is missing just a touch in the center of the diamond. The hood and barrel show a little more wear from use, but it isn't bad at all considering it is 76 years old. You will write an extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. Unlike so many vintage American nibs, this really is more like an accountant's nib or Japanese extra-fine nib. You'll feel the paper beneath you as your write, but it isn't scratchy. Genuine feedback and smooth. 13.6cm 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.
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