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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: 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: 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: 4908 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 4908: Parker: Duofold
Experience the beauty and wonder of a streamlined Parker Duofold Jr. set in jade green. This vintage pen is fully restored with a new ink sac. You can see in the photo that the pen's barrel is more discolored than its cap and that the pencil's green is perfect. There are neither cracks nor significant wear on either writing instrument. The ball on the clip of the pen has a little brassing. You will write a smooth, extra-fine line with a hint of feedback with the original 14k gold nib. Under the nib is a Christmas tree inkfeed. The pencil is in good working order, too.
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
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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: 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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