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: 4801 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 4801: Parker: 51
Grey always made for a nice color in e Parker 51 line, especially with a lustraloy cap. This is a 1950s Parker 51 with a still-good pli-glass ink sac. This vintage pen works great. You will only find some light wear from use, and some little spots on the barrel around where the cap snugs when closed. Its 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine-medium line. No dents, cracks or deep scratches. A little stubborn schmutz around the clip band. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4800 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 4800: Parker: 51
Perhaps the most famous fountain pen of all time, the Parker 51 was a marvel of inky innovations. The original 51s were the first, virtually leak-proof pens with their hooded nibs, ink collector and feed. In 1948, more innovations came with the aerometric filling system...a squeeze bar and pli-glass sac filler. The pli-glass (silicone) ink sacs were thought to last 30 years. Our pen was made in 1949, and its pli-glass sac still looks and works like new! The pen and cap have light to moderate wear but no dents, cracks or deep scratches. Its only glaring cosmetic flaws are the chrome flakes coming off the metal cage protecting the ink sac. Its 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine line that would do the Japanese nibsmiths proud. To those unfamiliar with extra-fine nibs, it might seem to have a little feedback. To extra-fine aficionados it is a pretty smooth nib. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4799 Parker 21
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 4799: Parker: 21
Are you vintage-pen curious but don't want to spend a fortune just to experiment? You are in luck with this Parker 21! Modeled after the famed Parker 51, Parker 21s are nearly identical, except for a few design nuances and a steel nib. Ours comes with its original "pli-glass" ink sac that works great. Its steel nib is firm and writes a nice fine line with a hint of feedback. Look closely, and you'll see its burgundy barrel and hood have seen some action over the years. The clip band on the cap is a little worse for wear, too. BUT, this pen remains a great work horse, and it is ready to be your dedicated vintage daily driver. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4798 Parker 61
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 4798: Parker: 61
In the battle for fountain pen supremacy, Parker had the last great filling system innovation that allowed for a mess-free filling experience. Sheaffer Snorkels were the most overengineered pens in history to become completely mess-free fillers. Parker 61 fountain pens were the most simple mess-free fillers. The Teflon-coated capillary filler only required a simple dip. This vintage pen is a beautiful first-edition Parker 61 with a rare and beautiful gold-and-silver-colored "Rainbow" cap! It even has a torn original price sticker. You will write a smooth Japanese extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. The barrel looks great. Click the headline to see the one glaring problem. There is a bump and crack in the section. If you look closely, the crack appears to be filled in with either clear nail polish or epoxy. As always, nobody's perfect. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4797 Parker 50 Falcon
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $139.99
Vintage Pens: 4797: Parker: 50 Falcon
We love both the styling and the irony behind the Parker 50 Falcon fountain pen. It was basically designed to be the more affordable version of the Parker T1, a titanium pen with a nib that was one with the body. The handsome brushed-steel Falcon was smaller but the same general idea with a one-piece nib and section. The ironic part is that the T1 nibs are notoriously fragile, with the tipping breaking off, when it was thought those vintage pens might last forever...being made of titanium. Yet, it is these steel pens that are outlasting the T1s. Our pen is in excellent condition without any dents or deep scratches, just some light surface scratches and wear. You will write a fine line with some mild feedback. It comes with an original converter, but you can also use modern Parker cartridges and converters. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4796 Parker Counter Display Case
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $214,000.00
Vintage Pens: 4796: Parker: Counter Display Case
Decorate your home or business with an authentic Parker Pen Display counter. We believe it is roughly 100 years old. It is normal counter height at maybe around 4 feet tall. We are helping a friend in the Chicago suburbs sell this case. As it is so large, you really need to be able to pick it up in person or arrange for a moving company to get it. It is heavy, made of wood and glass. Behind the cabinet is a drawer for ink and other accessories. None of the contents in or on the case are included with the sale price of the case. We don't know the sale price of the case, either. If you are interested in the case, please contact us so we can put you in contact with the owner. You can work out the deal between yourselves. As for the dimensions, we weren't smart enough to get the complete measurements. It is about 4 feet tall and about 2.5 feet wide and maybe about 2.5 to 3 feet deep. It is in excellent condition for its age, but it likely isn't without a blemish or two after 100 years.
Vintage Pens: 4534 Parker VP
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 4534: Parker: VP
Parker VP meant Very Personal. The revolutionary developments for this pen included an ergonomic grip for the fountain pen and a nib and feed that could be rotated to better accommodate for the grip and getting the nib to write from any angle. These are rarer pens, as they only made VPs for a couple years. It led to the monumental success of the Parker 75. This teal colored vintage pen has a major problem in its barrel. Click the headline for a close-up to see the 1.5cm crack in the barrel where it threads into the section. Basically, the crack is bad and makes the pen unstable to write with...without making the crack worse. This is a shame, as the aerometric filler unit is in great condition. In most VPs, this is the rare part that is whole. Its 14k gold nib writes a very smooth broad line. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4533 Parker VP
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 4533: Parker: VP
Parker VP pens heralded many great innovations in their short production run. Without these pens, the Parker 75 would never have been the mega hit it became. Our favorite innovation is the adjustable nib. You can carefully pinch the nib and turn it to the left or right to better suit how your hand grips its ergonomic section. Click the headline for close-ups of the pen and nib. Our vintage pen is in good working order. It comes with an original aerometric filler with the see-though window. Many of these are broken in other pens, but our's is still intact! There are cracks in the cap or barrel, just some light to moderate wear from use. The only dent is under the arrow clip. Its 14k gold nib writes a fine line with a little feedback. 13.7cm capped.
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