Return to Parker. For those of us concerned with when a pen was made, Parker is the sweetest of all makers, in that many of their pen actually have a date printed right on them. Not only the year, but which quarter of the year, will appear, giving a very clear sense of just how old the pen is. While modern Parkers that follow this practice mark only the barrel or cap of the pen, vintage pens generally have a code on the barrel and on the point. One generally takes the barrel as definitive of the age of the pen as a unit, since caps, barrels and blind caps were usually all made together, and swapping tends to show. This does not mean that a point whose date code does not agree with the barrel is necessarily a replacement. An other thing to not get too concerned about is finding a pen has lost its code. Modern pens are much more likely to present their codes, but their codes are less easily understood. Parker began applying date codes in
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This vintage fountain pen was made by Parker in the USA. Dating aside the aerodynamic design of the “51” has made it a classic and the plaudits it It is a premier model Parker “51” Vacumatic fountain pen and pencil set in a colour Parker.
My first fountain pens were made by Parker. They made a variety of different styles over the years, which makes them fun to collect—you can see how tastes changed over the years, and how the technology improved or at least changed. Parker also has usually had a date code on their pens. This helps know year of manufacture. This mark is usually small only really legible under a magnifying glass around either one of the end of the pen or the cap.
The year of manufacture was based on either another letter, or a Roman numeral. Like the earlier Vacumatic date code, it seems to be the reverse of what one would logically expect, until you understand a practical reason: each quarter, they would remove a mark from the die. Posted by Mr. Guilt in Fountain Pens.
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In any event the point’s date code is frequently hidden inside the section, and are much less useful for dating the pen. This does not mean that a point whose date.
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Parker Vacumatic Dating Codes
Date codes 2. Nib codes 3. Hallmarks and other markings 4. Condition codes 5. Abbreviation codes. In mid Parker began marking most pens and pencils with a date code, both the barrel and the nibs were marked, but lacking a date code doesn’t necessarily mean that the pen was made pre, since many imprints have been worn off with use.
The Parker Vacumatic has long been one of my favorite vintage pens. When first I crossed the threshold from modern to vintage I yearned for a 1st generation.
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It is time for another pencil post to break up the fountain pen stuff…though they are all related. These pencils were sold to match the corresponding Vacumatic 51 in both barrel color and cap design. Here is the photo of the pencil before I had a chance to clean and polish it.
This is a Parker 51 Aerometric with a frosted finish Lustraloy cap in Blue c. Between these stampings on each side is a 51 logo stamping. The cap is tapered more than earlier caps, similar to the Parker This is a Parker 51 Aerometric Demi Signet in Black with the converging lines pattern gold filled cap date coded Parker stopped dating pens at some point in the s.
A throw back photo from of a cool fantasy This is a Parker 51 double jewel Vacumatic in customized by Ariel Kullock in a burnt orange or ginger color plastic, including the cap top jewel, c. It looks like a new pen. This is an Eclipse Streamline fountain pen in green c. This is a Parker 51 Flighter, an Aerometric filler fountain pen with a Lustraloy cap and barrel c.
Parker Date-Codes Reference
Parker should be a familiar name to anyone who pays attention to pens; their Jotter ballpoints are everywhere, and they have a pretty good reputation in the higher end as well. They were and still are one of the great fountain pen companies, and the arrow clip design should be instantly recognizable to anyone who pays attention to fine pens. Parker was founded by George Stafford Parker in
Vintage parker 51 vacumatic. All makers, which mates with this date printed right tool for rs. My first pelikan ibis and fully restored fountain pen, the use of a lovely.
Parker had had a subsidiary in the UK since at least , as shown by old ads. First there was only marketing and a selling force. The setup worked fine, until World War II, when shipping became increasingly more risky. Some sources indicate that Parker already from time to time had had a co-operation with the Valentine Pen Company, in Newhaven, starting in the late ‘s.
But the company had failed to become really successful in their own right. Part of the answer was probably that they never concentrated on one specific model, instead they would accept orders of maybe a dozen or two pens, a strategy that proved uneconomical. According to David Shepherd in his book Parker Duofold, Valentine in even had to publicly apologise to the UK pen maker Conway Stewart for a patent infringement, albeit an unintended one.
Note the cap on the bottom pen. It was of course convenient, as well as profitable, for Valentine to produce pens that was very similar to the Parker Duofolds. The same workers were now making both Valentine and Parker pens. Still in the beginning most parts were manufactured in Toronto, but gradually Newhaven took over the European market.
The very first Parker model that was solely made in Newhaven was the Parker Victory.