The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Following up on our Parker 45 prototypes, here are some more special Parkers -- hard to find models that weren't put into full production.
13654: Parker 61: black capillary-filler, 12.9 cm long, stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, test-market design 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, interior details shown in US patent 2,773,479, applied for March 1, 1952. Parker intended to put this design into full production until consumers rejected it during test marketing. In original cellophane sleeve, as new.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $1100
8422: Parker 61: "Vista Blue" cartridge/converter filler, 13.4 cm long, frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, special edition with badge on clip for 1964 New York World's Fair; a scarce variant.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • SOLD
8421: Parker 61: "Surf Green" capillary-filler, 13.45 cm long, frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, special edition with badge on cap for 1964 New York World's Fair; as new, never filled, colored pad at end of capillary unit unstained. A very rare item, quite possibly a prototype never put into full production.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • SOLD
13612: Parker 75 Chevron: rare, massive solid 18K gold, 12.8 cm long, 18K nib, flat ends, all parts fully hallmarked, made in France, a beautiful and very hard to find model, like new condition, one tiny test mark on top edge of clip button.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $3500
8424: Parker 51 Mark III: late black Aerometric filler, South American production, barrel with Parker numbers indicating either a prototype or an archived sample; Lustraloy cap with unusual top button, fully imprinted, made in Brazil, filler housing made in Argentina. Octanium nib, two inlaid metal dots in hood.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $350
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13691: Cross (?) torpedo pencil: chrome plated brass, 11 cm long, brass propellors, minor scratching from clip, one small spot of plating loss (see photos); excellent quality and workmanship, uses 1.1 mm lead, no maker's marks, which is typical of Cross's novelty pencils. An earlier Cross torpedo pencil of slightly different form is shown on p. 103 of Lambert's Writing History; it may be significant that Cross made torpedo propellors during WW2.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $105
13672: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, 15.2 cm long, fully marked, model number 140, beautiful floral repoussé work; bumps to nib holder, overall surface roughness from chemical dip cleaning; ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $165
13675: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, 15.25 cm long, fully marked, model number 140, beautiful floral repoussé work; initials on nib holder, minor roughness to front, some waviness to taper; ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $200
13670: Mabie Todd dip pen: sterling silver, 16.2 cm long, fully marked, unusual six-lobed form with alternating panels of smooth and scroll-chased pattern; ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • $245
13673: Mabie Todd dip pen: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long, fully marked, high quality scroll pattern, crisp with blank cartouche; ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $160
13666: OMAS Paragon: large black facetted piston-filler, 14.2 cm long, rhodium plated trim, roller clip, 18K white gold nib is a smooth writer; a few scratches on the cap, some plating wear.
DATE: c. 1995 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $400
13650: Parker Duofold Senior pencil: orange streamline, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; original price sticker on top. Solid-colored streamline pens and pencils are uncommon in any condition.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: near mint • $175
13651: Parker Vacumatic Secretary: extremely rare and short-lived model, designed to snap into a rubber base via the red ball at the cap top; 13.8 cm long, black with helically striped ink window, strong imprints with matching 3rd quarter date codes on barrel and nib, usual slight shrinkage to the barrel around the filler unit. This is only the third example we have offered in the past 20 years.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine • $1500
13640: Parker Duofold: slender Vac-filler, blue and silver pearl with black stripes, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim; strong barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, replacement filler unit with plastic plunger, some scratching to end of barrel (see detail), barrel slightly bent.
DATE: 1940 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $150
13667: Parker Victory Mark I: blue pearl and black marbled button-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, bold writing calligraphic nib.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad stub • $265
13690: Parker 51 Demi: black Aerometric filler, frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, 13 cm long, perfect sac transparency, hood is an original Parker replacement but later (1960s; shape is very slightly different).
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $150
13681: Waterman Ripple pencil: large and thick, 14 cm long, matches 55 or 56 pen; gold filled trim, slight fading, good "PAT. APL'D FOR" imprint; uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • $120
13680: Waterman Ripple pencil: large and thick, 14.1 cm long, red and black hard rubber, matches 55 or 56 pen; gold filled trim, good color, tool marks on upper back (see detail); "Ripple" imprint with 1924 patent date, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • $115
13676: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long, marked only "STERLING", American made, high quality, seam opening at front of nib holder does not affect function. Ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $120
13678: unmarked dip pens: sterling silver, beaded decoration, marked only "STERLING"; sold as a pair, though it is noteworthy that even these seemingly identical holders differ slightly, an indication of the hand work still required to finish die-stamped components (one is 16.2 cm long, the other 16.1). These appear to be new old stock, evenly tarnished, with a few very shallow storage bumps.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • $250
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