Another drawback of sac fillers was that it was impossible to see how much ink you had left.
(Sheaffer tried to make lever-fill pens that would allow this, but were only moderately successful.) The smart people at Parker realized that once they had eliminated the sac, all they had to do was use some transparent material in the body and the ink level would be easily visible. An innovative filling system and a visible ink supply were great, but the Vacumatic might not have been the success that it was if not for another factor: it was .
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 1891.
The alternation of solid and transparent bands of celluloid still turns heads today.
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.
Parker 14kt solid gold nib is marked: Parker Duofold Pen Made in USA. The barrel has ambered, but I've seen far worse, I'd call it a 5 out of 10. Hard rubber blind cap and cap top are bright and shiny black as they should be. late 1920s – early 1930s, Moderne Green and Pearl, gold filled clip and trim. This Duette, part of Parker’s series of Depression era writing instruments is very difficult to find and this one is in far, far better condition than most. It goes without saying that Parker no longer refills these lighters, so it is a collectible, not a user item unless you have figured out how to refill it. PK2514 0 Parker Window-Counter Display for Parker Quink Ink. One of Parker's more unusual promotional items, I've only seen two of these in the last 25 years or so. Pouch shows some dust marks, Lipstick case has never been used and is in mint condition.
Barrel is marked: Parker Duofold Made in USA Patented. Cap has very good color, I'd give it about an 8 out of 10. PK2455 Parker Parkette Duette Junior Mechanical Pencils, ca. There is also some brassing to the cap band and ferrule. Mechanical Pencil uses 0.9mm diameter lead, twist cap to extend and retract lead. In original ostrich leather clam shell box with moire lining also printed Parker Flaminaire The Parker Pen Co. The Flaminaire was made so that you needed to send it back to Parker to be refilled. Measures 0.75 inch diameter, length is 2 5/16 inches.
They replaced the sac with a flexible diaphragm at the rear of the pen.
Just a tad of brassing to the top side of the clip ball. Brassing to the cap bands, otherwise very good condition. The flat top cap screw is totally brassed as is the top of the clip ball. One very small ding on cap to left and below clip end, one other larger dent about 5mm angled to right side of clip. In correct and what we presume to be the original Parker 51 box, brass edges of box are well tarnished, but overall it is in very nice condition with the 51 medallion on the lid. 1946, USA, India Black barrel, Lustraloy cap with jewelers band of engraved parallel lines, grey pearl jewel, Lustraloy blue diamond style clip. Marked on the bottom: Parker Flaminaire Made by the Parker Pen Company USA. Even though there is no mention of World War II, all of the advertising lines Parker used for this Display Sign point to that era and were frequently used in their magazine advertising in the 1940s; "protects your pen with solv-x, prevents breakdown of metal and rubber, keeps pens out of the repair shop" Very minor "bumps" on each corner, this sign has survived the past 80 or so years in amazingly excellent condition. Lipstick Case, bright polished brass with large appliqued Parker oval arrow symbol on the front.
PK2397 Parker Deluxe Challenger Mechanical Pencil, US, ca. 1945, USA, Yellowstone Yellow (more commonly referred to as Mustard), Heritage Cap 1/10 16KT Gold Filled with feathered cap edge and engraved lines, Parker gold filled blue diamond clip.
It goes without saying that Parker no longer refills these lighters, so it is a collectible, not a user item unless you have figured out how to refill it. PK2273 Parker Flaminaire Lighter - Radically New Pocket Lighter (or so the enclosed brochure says!
Solid 14KT gold Parker 51 nib is not marked but seems to be a fine point. (Sorry, none available at this time) PK2189 Think Pink! Parker produced this pink Jotters a few years ago to help support City of Hope and Breast Cancer Research. Since Parker BP refills don't dry out quickly at all when left exposed, these are great pens to just keep on your desk or near your phone. Gold foil insert tag indicates original retail was .50 and there was no Federal Excise tax. The Flaminaire was made so that you needed to send it back to Parker to be refilled.