Age-old collecting wisdom: buy one really good piece rather than several ordinary items. It applies all the more with the current pen market, where the premium for the truly outstanding is comparatively low. Every one of these Parkers could be the keynote of a collection -- or, together, a collection in themselves.
11101: Parker 020: rare early mottled hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, excellent color, strong imprints, unusual #2 nib with vent hole below imprint (like a Victorian ventless dip pen nib, with underside of tines roughened to hold ink), matching Lucky Curve feed without side cuts and with vent hole to bottom. Jointless pens in black are difficult to find, but are several times more common than mottled examples.
10935: Parker Black Giant: oversize black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.75 cm long, worn but sound, #12 Lucky Curve nib with downwards-bent tip writes a finely shaded line. A rare and iconic pen with a special provenance: its barrel is engraved "W. W. Vautsmeier/U. S. Army" -- Major Walter W. Vautsmeier, a flight instructor during WW1 who died in 1922 in the crash of the Roma, an Italian-made semi-rigid dirigible and the last US military airship to be filled with hydrogen (more background here).< p>DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $3250
11106: Parker Duofold Senior in box: beautiful Mandarin Yellow streamline, 13.1 cm long, wonderful even color, celluloid in excellent shape with strong imprint, slight posting wear to barrel end; big Duofold nib, later production comb feed; in English-market faux shagreen box.
11108: Parker 51: black first-year, double-jewel, smooth sterling silver cap with imprint at top, gold filled Blue Diamond clip, aluminum end jewels and Speedline filler with diamond imprint on plunger end; imprint on blind cap is good, date code appears to be 3rd quarter. Some weakness to the geometric band on the cap, overall a very nice example of an iconic Parker.
10497: Parker 51 Princess Demi: extremely rare gold filled clipless Aerometric filler, 12.5 cm long, cap inset with 12 rectangular rhinestone crystals, two round crystals are set into either end of the pen. The Princess was never advertised, and appears to have been only briefly test-marketed. Only around a dozen examples are now known, most of which came from Parker employees.
11091: Parker 61 prototype: black capillary-filler, 12.9 cm long, stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, differing in several key respects from the full production version introduced in 1956: "61" logo pierced into gold undernib shield and barrel-end vent; integral barrel and hood construction; unique cap design, completely different from any production 61 cap; lightly used (these pens were distributed in limited numbers to Parker employees for preproduction testing), interior details shown in US patent 2,773,479, applied for March 1, 1952.
11107: Conklin Nozac: black-veined green pearl piston-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, 5000-word "Word Gauge" on barrel; unusually clean example, no brassing to clip, crisp filler knob, fine barrel transparency. Seal is ink-tight, appears to be original. Long-tined nib is smooth and responsive, interesting dated presentation inscription on cap.
11104: E. S. Johnson magic pencil: gold filled ringtop with alternating pearl and abalone slabs, 4.5 cm long closed, 8.6 cm extended; excellent quality and some of the most colorful and boldly figured abalone we have ever seen; marked only "PEARL PAT. DEC. 5. 71", a Johnson patent; uses standard 1.1 mm lead.
10414: Foley dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled ferrule with pearl taper, 14.3 cm long excluding nib; nib is a ventless gold Foley #2, very flexible.
11093: Lamy Persona: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design, 18K nib; as new, but some drawer wear to the trim. Three available, two with nib grade stickers still on the end of the barrel, choice of medium or extra-fine (please specify).
11096: Lamy Persona rollerball: titanium finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design; as new, but some drawer wear, mostly to the trim.
11097: Lamy Persona rollerball: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design; as new, but some drawer wear, mostly to the trim.
11114: MacKinnon stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber, 12.7 cm long, gold filled trim, good chasing, unfaded; unmarked, but interior construction with sprung needle on U-shaped metal carrier identifies it as being made under US patent 264,854 of 1882, issued to Francis Cashel Brown (most closely associated with Caw's, but also a MacKinnon partner); needle and internal spring intact, rear barrel band a bit rough.
DATE: c. 1883 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • SOLD
11105: Parker 51 Demi: "Plum" (scarce deep purple) Aerometric filler, frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, bold barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, early chrome filler housing with "PRESS . . . 6 TIMES" imprint, original sac with perfect transparency.
11092: Parker 51 Demi set: Cocoa Aerometric filler, frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, new sac, smooth writer; no imprint, matching injector pencil has "53" date code, uses .9 mm lead, shows more use than the pen.
11090: Parker 51 Special Liquid Lead pencil: grey with polished stainless steel cap, black jewel, barrel imprint bold, no date code; original barrel stickers, as new but pinhead sized rough patch under imprint, cartridge present but dried out, refills no longer available.
11086: Parker Classic Imperial pencil: grouped parallel lines pattern, marked "12K G.F. CAP & BARREL", made in USA, no date code, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: near mint • SOLD
11095: Parker 180 Imperial rollerball: gold-plated, grouped parallel lines pattern, 13.2 cm long, made in USA, appears to be new old stock, uses standard Parker refills.
11094: Parker 180 Milleraies rollerball: gold plated, fine parallel lines pattern, 13.2 cm long, made in France; appears to be new old stock, but no packaging.
11103: Pen-O-Pencil Twinpoint combo: green gold filled ringtop lever-filler and pencil, 14.1 cm long, fully marked, monogram and 1935 date engraved on barrel; pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, cap is clean but some dings to barrel and severe dents to the pencil end. Fully functional, #2 Twinpoint nib opens up with a bit of pressure.
11100: Waterman 42: black hard rubber safety, elaborate two-tone 18K gold filled pierced-work Italian-market overlay; 12.3 cm long, fully marked, #2 nib is artist's style, long-tined with an extremely sharp tip; some bumps to the rim of the cap crown, seals replaced.