Parker Company knew it had a winner. The pen was stylish but not flashy, durable but not clunky, and reliable but not overengineered. Over the next 31 years, the pen proved itself immensely popular. Tales are told of people who, unable to afford a whole pen, would purchase only a cap to clip in a pocket, giving the appearance of a complete pen. It was designed to be an everyday, hardworking, trouble-free, reliable writer. They applied the best available technology in the most effective way possible to perform the very difficult task of writing under virtually any conceivable conditions, and the result was U. Patent N o 2,, , filed by Marlin S. Baker on January 6, , and issued to him on December 3,
Parker Date-Codes Reference
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I was looking over my Parker 51 Aerometric out of curiosity; to try and find out when it was made, but I couldn’t find a date code anywhere.
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. It too shared many features with both the Valentines and the streamlined Duofolds , including colour schemes and plastics. For obvious reasons it was now hard to find plastics to match the US production, so during this period many Duofolds and Victories were made in colours not found elsewhere, making them very collectible.
The Captain’s Cabin
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 Early Parker pens had the unique patented “Lucky Curve” feed, which was an elongated conventional feed that curved back to touch the barrel wall.
Supposedly this helps draw ink back into the pen when it wasn’t in use.
It is the aerometric version of their Parker “51” that was launched in and (dating it from around ) and a rolled gold cap with the text “Parker “51”.
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 51 Flighter Finish – Date Coded?
I like generous ink flow on my pens, and I generally find fine nibs to be scratchy, dry writers. Today, all that changed when I got the Parker 51 in the mail. I was a little half-hearted about it because it had a fine nib, but it felt so great in my hand. I admit that holding this pen made me want to look for a full-sized 51 to add to my collection.
It has one jewel on the cap.
David and Mark Shepherd have a passion for the Parker “51” which started with David’s from Vacumatic to Aerometric fillers, the Demi size “51”, Liquid Lead pencils, David and Mark conclude the book with extensive provenance, dating by.
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. The twist mechanism works perfectly and the eraser and lead supply are full.
I polished the lead cone and cap with a jewelers cloth. I then polished the barrel with scratch remover, finishing polish, and buffed on a coat of carnuba wax. Below is the finished product.
A Brief History of The Parker 51 Fountain Pen
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Parker 51 Aerometric Demi Signet in Black date coded This is a Parker 51 Flighter, an Aerometric filler fountain pen with a Lustraloy cap and barrel c.
With price sticker still on barrel. The filler is dry, as are most of these. Grey clip screw jewel. Made in U. Fine nib and Lustraloy cap with no dings or dents. Nickel plated Blue Diamond clip.
The Anatomy of a Nib
Parker Company knew it had a winner. The pen was stylish but not flashy, durable but not clunky, and reliable but not overengineered. Over the next 31 years, the pen proved itself immensely popular. Tales are told of people who, unable to afford a whole pen, would purchase only a cap to clip in a pocket, giving the appearance of a complete pen. It was designed to be an everyday, hardworking, trouble-free, reliable writer.
Parker “51”s made in Canada and England in the s are exceptions to this pattern, as they stuck with the earlier single-digit pattern. Second quarter, or.
The pen design embodies everything we love about the 60s “jet and space” era inspired design. Looking it from the side the pen looks like a streamlined jet airplane, simply beautiful and elegant writing instrument that captured the hearts and souls of the people. The 51 had number of designs, colors, variations; hence it is one of the most collected pen in the world today. From the design features of the pen, we can date it to be made approximately in the early 50s. The features dating it are the shape of the cap and clip, Mother of Pearl like crown, the rounded end of the barrel, and more importantly the rubber O-ring on the section as well as “To fill press ribbed bar firmly 4 times holding pen point down, wipe with soft tissue” on the filling bar.