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Although the early overlays are the most sought after of Parkers, the company's great success came later, with a series of hit designs: the Jack-Knife Safety, the Duofold, and the Vacumatic making Parker the market leader even before the introduction of the 51.
11253: Parker 20 Jack-Knife Safety: clipless black hard rubber button-filler, 13.1 cm long, early slightly domed crown, blind cap with narrow end band; good imprints and crown milling, blind cap edge knurling heat-erased, no model number; "lazy S" #2 Lucky Curve nib writes a nicely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
11241: Parker 20 Jack-Knife Safety: clipless black hard rubber button-filler, 11 cm long, early slightly domed crown, blind cap with narrow knurled band; good imprints, long-tined #2 Lucky Curve nib opens up readily for considerable line width variation.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
11659: Parker Jade Pen: early light green celluloid oversize button-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp end milling, plating excellent, notably good color, large Lucky Curve nib, Parker imprint without Duofold name. When Parker shifted Duofold production to celluloid in 1926, a pale jade green was the first color added to the original orange-red and black. Unsure of how it would be received, Parker released its first green pens as "Jade Pens" rather than Duofolds, but by the end of 1927 changed nibs and imprints to bring them officially into the Duofold lineup. To preserve color, this pen comes with its sac removed (can be reinstalled upon request).
11660: Parker Lucky Curve: black ringtop button-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, wide cap band, crisp milling at ends, strong imprints; identical to a Lady Duofold Deluxe, but with no Duofold markings. #2 Lucky Curve nib has a semistub tip, writes a shaded line.
11692: Parker Duofold Senior pencil: bright jade green with black end stripes, gold filled trim, 13.5 cm long, excellent color, strong barrel imprint, no brassing, metal crown very hard to find in such good condition, without dents; uses 1.1 mm lead.
11658: Parker Duofold Senior: classic oversize orange button-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, good imprints and end milling, spearhead feed. Unusual long-tined Duofold nib is slightly later (early 1930s), and has considerable flex; there is a very fine axial hairline from the vent, which seems largely stable given the flexibility of the tines and the thickness and rigidity of the nib body behind the vent hole.
11693: Parker Lady Duofold Deluxe pencil: green-veined pearl streamline ringtop, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints, excellent color, uses 1.1 mm lead.
11680: Parker Vacuum Filler: rare black proto-Vacumatic with "reverse trim" -- chrome trim, rather than the standard gold filled -- 12.2 cm long; one-piece section and barrel assembly, excellent plating on two-tone arrow nib, one tiny pinhead dimple on metal filler shaft, nice crisp barrel imprint.
11667: Parker Depression Pen: black-veined pearl button-filler, 11.3 cm long, gold filled trim, silicone sac installed to preserve outstanding color. Barely used, but cap has some internal fissuring that has been filled and sealed, and clip has some plating blistering. An undiscolored replacement cap will be much easier to find than an undiscolored barrel.
11695: Parker Vacumatic Debutante set: silver pearl laminate, 11.85 cm long, chrome plated trim, Blue Diamond clip, striped section and end jewels, aluminum Speedline filler, two-tone arrow nib, fine barrel transparency, usual slight swelling over filler unit, good imprint with 3rd quarter date code; matching injector pencil has first quarter date code, uses 1.1 mm lead. Both pen and pencil have matching extra-wide "jeweler's" cap bands, the indicias engraved "E. G.".
11694: Parker Vacumatic Major: green pearl laminate, 12.8 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, fine barrel transparency, wartime production with plastic filler unit, diamond imprint on end of filler; two-tone nib plating worn, appears to be silver rather than platinum or palladium (consistent with wartime materials restrictions), just enough tip shape and flex to give a shaded line.
11676: Eagle Arrow dip pen: unusual drop-action holder, 11.1 cm long retracted, black lacquered brass with nickel plated trim; imprint on nib holder notes Feb. 1, 1887 patent date, end button is pressed with nib down to extend, pressed again with nib upwards to retract; good working order, usual wear with bumps to the end cap and one shallow ding to the barrel.
11705: Foley dip pen: unmarked mottled hard rubber reversing traveling holder, 10.25 cm long closed, 13.4 cm open, excluding nib; gold ventless #7 1/2 nib, imprint "JOHN/FOLEY'S/BANK/PEN/NEW YORK, writes a hair-thin line but will open up with pressure, action is firm so best used for more restrained shading.
11674: Mabie Todd pencil: unmarked Mabie's patent twist-action, 7.4 cm closed, 9.75 cm extended; elegantly engraved heavy gold filled trim, black lacquered barrel, uses 1.5 mm lead; scattered losses to lacquer, one shallow pinhead ding.
11672: Parker Lady Duofold Deluxe: early jade green ringtop button-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim; this pen appears to be one of the first green pens given the Duofold name, as it has the Duofold imprint but the earlier nib with only the Lucky Curve imprint (as was the norm before the Jade Pen was brought into the Duofold lineup). Crisp ends, good color -- the early jade celluloid was less bright, and more prone to discoloration.
11697: Parker Vacumatic Junior: golden pearl laminate double-jewel, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, metal Speedline filler, good barrel transparency, strong barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code; scratch across "PARKER" on nib, multiple tool scratches on blind cap along with dents to tassie ring (see details).
11706: Parker Duofold Special: black English-made button-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, comb feed, Newhaven nib; even wear, posting mark on barrel, small flat spot on side of cap end (see detail).
11696: Parker 51 set: Cocoa Aerometric filler, Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, long arrow clip, early production with "PRESS . . . 6 TIMES" imprint on filler housing, 4th quarter date code; 3rd quarter date code on matching injector pencil. Light clip mark on pen cap, pencil cap as new, though some abrasion to very tip of point clutch (see detail).
11707: Parker 17: dark blue slip-cap, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England; sac transparency as new, 51-style hooded nib, tight longitudinal hairline crack in cap parallel to clip (see detail).
11675: Parker 61 Insignia: 1/10 12K gold filled cap and barrel, 13.5 cm long, US-made capillary filler, no dings.
11671: Parker 75 Insignia set: fine crosshatch pattern, early model with flat ends, fountain pen marked "14K G.F.", pencil marked "14K G.F. CAP & BARREL" (gold filled, not gold plated as were later 75s), pencil has earlier short-feathered clip, pen includes old-style convertor, 14K US-made nib, "F" on feed, later section with smooth gold plated trim ring; fountain pen is more worn than the ballpoint, one small ding to side of barrel (see details).
11700: Parker 65 Flighter in box: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated clip and end jewels, 13.5 cm long; includes original squeeze-fill metal convertor, can use standard Parker ink cartridges as well; made in England, not sold in the USA, in box with instructions, initials engraved on side of cap.
11698: Parker 45 set in box: black cartridge-filler, brushed stainless steel cap, gold plated trim, steel nib, includes early-style convertor; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead. USA production, hardly used, some fleabites to plastic surfaces.
11670: Parker 180: gold-plated basketweave pattern, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; includes convertor.
11668: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with gold-filled trim, 1624 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, unusual left-handed propelling mechanism; lead reservoir is revealed by sliding open the body, bayonet closure for metal eraser cover. A high-quality instrument, appears to be new old stock. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here.
11677: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with silver-filled trim, 16.4 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body. Appears to be new old stock, though no packaging -- came in a group of factory prototype material, and lacks the usual maker's imprint on the barrel. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here.