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: 4899 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 4899: Parker: Vacumatic
Parker got creative with some of its Vacumatic variants over the years. This is the rarer Parker Vacumatic Long Major. It is the same width as a Major at the length of a Maxima. Our vintage pen was exquisitely restored. It has a fresh diaphragm and the cap and barrel are without blemishes. A crisp imprint shows a 1942 date code. As you can see in the photo, the barrel clarity is excellent with some ambering. Even the nib still has most of its two-tone plating. You will write a firm, extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. There is a little feedback with the nib, and we think you might have to break it in a bit to get it consistently flowing. Although you could make it a daily writer, cosmetically, it is good enough for a museum. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4897 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: Stub
Price: $349.99
Vintage Pens: 4897: Parker: Vacumatic
Holy cats! A factory stub nib on a Parker Vacumatic Maxima! This sure isn't something we see all that often. Click the headline for close-ups. It is fully restored with a working diaphragm. Oh, but that nib! This 14k gold wonder is buttery smooth while delivering nice line variation. You'll find its cap and barrel are great, too. No cracks or blemishes. It appears it was wet-sanded to a high-gloss shine. Unfortunately, it took away most of the pen's imprint. The "1" on the nib indicates that at least the nib was made in 1941. Inside the pen, the celluloid is darkly ambered. Flaws be damned, this is one of the best writing Maximas we've ever seen, but we love vintage pens with stub nibs. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4898 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 4898: Parker: 51
Imperfections shouldn't get in the way of a good daily driver in the world of vintage pens. Parker 51s were the most popular luxury pen of the vintage pen heyday. We restored the 1950s aerometric filler with a new "pli-glass" ink sac. The pen is bargain priced because of the pitting and flaws in its gold-plated cap. The cap works perfectly well, it is just cosmetically challenged. The clip works well, too, but it, also, looks worse for wear. The hood and barrel are crack free. There is a scar around the barrel where the cap rests in the closed position. You'll write a rigid, firm fine line with its 14k gold nib. 13.5cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4880 Parker MacArthur Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $1,299.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4880: Parker: MacArthur Duofold
A very limited edition Parker Duofold released in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. Only 1,945 of these pens were produced, and this is number 1,048. Inspired by the (junior-sized orange) Parker Duofold used by American Gen. Douglas MacArthur to countersign the Japanese surrender. This modern luxury pen is the largest Centennial size, and it looks as if it has never been used. Not a trace of wear and the nib came to us looking very clean. If it was used, it was used sparingly. Also included is the Parker converter, complete boxes and papers! The outer box is a padded leather or faux leather, and the box photographed is made of American Cherry Wood. Its two-toned 18k gold nib is marked "M" for medium. To the right of the clip is embossed with MacArthur's signature. As we move into the 75th anniversary of WWII, this is a great collector's piece. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4867 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4867: Parker: Duofold
How many boxes does this check off on your grail pen requirements? Senior streamlined Parker Duofold. Rare cap bands. Green marble. Fully restored. SEMI-FLEX NIB! Click the headline for a close-up. Its 14k gold nib is an arrow nib over a Christmas tree inkfeed. You will go from an "American extra-fine" line to about 1.25mm wide. No cracks or significant scratching. Only light wear from use. Its greatest flaws are majority brassing on its two skinny cap bands and some brassing on the pocket clip and thicker cap band. 13cm capped.
Pencil: 4850 Parker Duofold
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
Pencil: 4850: Parker: Duofold
All the cool cats in the 1920s had an orange Parker Duofold. This pencil is in great working order, loaded with 1.1mm lead and a spare. It is the medium size, as opposed to a small or oversized version. There is some brassing on the gold-plated trim. Tough to see in the photo, but it was pretty obviously dropped on its tail topper once. One side is a bit depressed. 12.8cm.
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.
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