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Welcome to the Early Parker pen sales page at Vacumania. Please note that this website has no sales cart. Most pens shown are singletons, and I sometimes lag with updates noting completed sales.   Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50



Pen 3880 K :  Parker Royal Challenger $660 SOLD
Large Size. Burgundy Celluloid. Sword Clip

Overall Grade: Exc+
Trim: Exc Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: NM
Threads Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: F-M Imprint: Superb
Size: 5 1/8" 13.2cm
PRICE: $660
COMMENTS:  King of the Challenger family. Large size Royal in burgundy Celluloid. Proper first style feature set: sword clip, triple cap-band, opaque gripping section. Proper very early 1937 date code. Superb condition. Smooth and firm fine-medium point


Pen 3894 J:  Parker "Pen" ("Premier" if Canadian, "Thrift Time" label in USA)  $340
Mottled Blue/ Black Celluoid. Pen in nice shape. Pencil weaker.

Overall Grade: Excellent Pen
Trim: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: VG (couple marks)
Threads Perfect
clarity: NA Barrel neatly personalized "JLM"
Point: Med Imprint: Ex
Size: 4 3/4" 12cm
PRICE: $340
COMMENTS:  When from Canada marked "Premier" in this larger (standard diameter) and "Modern" in smaller size, these pens had bland "Parker Pen" imprints in USA and often are called "Parker Thrift Pens" (long story) by collectors. Running from 1932-1936 the series offered a huge range of colors, with many colors likely used briefly and often borrowing from plastics used by other pen makers. They have a storng following. The Premier was a good quality pen, using Parker's button-fill system (similar to Duofold) and packing gold nib of appropriate size.  Many turn up heavily brassed and worn. The blue/black is a relatively uncommon color.

This one is nice. The pen has good color preservation. Imprint is very sharp. Trim is clean and unbrassed. Barrel is not distorted. Blind cap matches.  The nib writes a responsive smooth fine line. The nib, though well aligned and smooth, has a few tool marks from prior work near the tip. The cap closes striaght and true, but only turns about 1/3 around to seal.    Pencil is not as nice, with brassing and ambering of the Celluloid. It does work well, using the age-correct twist-the-ferrule mechanism. Barrels are neatly and elegantly personalized with three initials "J. L. M". This is the only Thrift Time/Premier set i've ever owned in this color.


Pen 3895 :  Parker Deluxe Challenger. 1935  $195 SOLD
Larger (standard diameter) size. Green "Plaque-on-black" Celluloid  1st Generation

Overall Grade:Exc+
Trim: Exc+ Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Superb
Size: 5 1/8" 13 cm
PRICE: $195
COMMENTS:  The mid-level pen in the Challenger Family, this series ran 1934-1940. A good quality pen, it was slotted below Vacumatic mainly for its use of the "old" button-fill system. It had an appropriately sized gold nib, sound gold-filled trim, and sound Celluloid. This one is superb with great color, trim, imprint, etc. It is the larger size model. Nib writes a nice smooth and responsive fine line.


Pen 3877 :  Parker Televisor $140 Delay for ink-flow adjustment
Canadian/British. 1936-ish.  Broad, high-Ffex nib (with stress crack by vent hole)

Overall Grade: VG-Fine
Trim: Some Brassing Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Has stress crack
Threads Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Broad with high flex Imprint: Extra Fine
Size: 4 7/8" 12.3 cm
PRICE: $140
COMMENTS:  Off-the-bell-curve nib, with killer flex and paint brush writing. Nib has stress crack by vent hole.


Pen 3878 :  Parker Televisor (Canadian) $220
Larger (Standard) SIze. Broad Flex nib


Overall Grade: Exc
Trim: Exc Color:  NA
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Broad Flex Imprint: Fine
Size: 5 1/8" 12.9 cm
PRICE: $180
COMMENTS:  Terrific nib on this clean example of Parker Canada's equivalent of Parker USA's Deluxe Challenger.


Pen 3357 R:  Parker so-called "Thrift Time" Pen.  1936   $140 
NOT a Challenger. Uncatalogued Model.

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 4 9/16" 12.2cm
PRICE: $140
COMMENTS: A most uncommon model, one often misidentified as a Challenger, this off-catalogue pen is well known to those who know.  The plastic is Challenger-like as is the thin-washer clip. But the triple cap-band is from Deluxe Challenger. The matching end-pieces are found on no Challenger. The imprint is generic, "Parker".  Found in silver pearl, burgundy pearl, and emerald pearl, the overwhelming majority are slender size, as is this one.  Very clean plastic and clip, there is some wear and brassing to the cap-bands. Still, it is well cleaner than the majority of these I've handled.

Pen 3311 NB:  Parker Jade Celluloid PRE-Duofold Pencil  $50  SOLD

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads clarity
Point Imprint: Exc Size:
PRICE: $50
COMMENTS: Parker's vaunted Duofold line originally  was offered only in black and in red hard rubber. Parker hesitated to released the new Jade celulloid pens (and matching pencils) with the Duofold label, fearful- it is speculated- about market reaction. The market reacted well, and soon the pens took on the Duofold stamp.  Very early pens thus look like Duofolds but lack that imprint. These early items are relatively scarce.  This pencil is a ringtop Juniorette "non"-Duofold pencil Decent color with typical translucency found on early Jades.  The crown at top tends to pop out a couple millimeters, not affecting function.

Pen 2598 Parker Challenger Slender  $125
 "One Year Color" Blue Mottled Celluloid

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Extrafine Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity: N/A
Point: F-M Semiflex Imprint:  None Size: 4 3/4" 12cm
PRICE: $125 
COMMENTSThe regular Challenger series, which ran 1934-1940. With a couple key generations, all 7 years saw production of Black, Green, Red, and Grey. However, Blue was intro'd at very end of 1939, making it a one year color. Far less common than the others. As with all Challengers, tough to find clean. This one is decent.  Light speckling of brass to the clip. Cap-band is free of brassing but some of the clear laquer found on 1940's pens is gone. Nice imprint and color. 

Pen 2548R Parker Royal Challenger Slender  $225 SOLD
1940 Final Trim Configuration SIlver Pearl Celluloid

Overall Grade:  ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity: N/A
Point: Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 3/4" 12.1cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTS:  Superb Royal. The first -Vacumatic to hit $5 price point after the discontinuation of the original Duofold. Royal Challengers are by the top tier of the Challenger Family. You probably know my "silver pearl" screed by now. That color tends to underprice other colors in the Parker/Sheaffer 1930's pens, often because the chrome trim is trashed and the pale celluloid shows ambering more easily than other colors. But, clean Silver Pearl pens carry extra cachet. This one is clean with essentially perfect trim and plastic color. Nice clarity to the visometer gripping section. Only imperfection is a couple-mm  nick just below the cap-band. Very pretty pen. Very tough to find this clean.

Pen 2502 Parker True Blue  $150 SOLD
Long Streamlined Model ~ 1929

Overall Grade:  VG
Metal: VG Color:  Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Exc clarity:  NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  Fine Size: 4 7/8" 12.4 cm
PRICE: $150 
COMMENTSA classic sub-Duofold-line pen by Parker, recently given tribute via the modern True Blue Duofold. Plastic is clean. Clip-ball shows brassing as does about 2/3 of the cap-band. Barrel has moderate ambering. Gripping section is a smidge short.

Pen 1895 Parker Lucky Curve flat-top Modernistic (True) Blue  1928  $
Aggghhhh. I cannot do it. Withdrawn from sale. Staying with me a bit longer

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/4"
PRICE:
COMMENTS:  Just another sub-Duofold Parker Lucky Curve... were it not  for that color. True Blue survived the switch to streamlined form, but this is the earlier, longer, greater cachet Flat Top variety.  Color is superb with just a  hint of yellow to the white backdrop.  Also, note the unusual pattern to the color swirls on the barrel. Gorgeous pen.

Pen 1768 Parker Pastel Purse Pen. Magenta Moire. Flat Top  $175 SOLD

Overall Grade: extra fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine-med Semi Flex Imprint:  perfect Size: 4 1/2"
PRICE: $175
COMMENTSParker's pastel pens from the late 1920's can be found in a variety of evolutionary styles in both pure and moire pattenrs. This one is a ratherrrr nice example. Very even color. Razor imprint. No grave defects. One pin ding can be seen on the cap-band.

Pen 1767 "Parker $3.75 Pen" SET 1933, Larger Model  1934
Gray Pearl Celluloid with goldtone trim.  $275 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 2-tone
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA
Point:  Fine-Med SEmi Flex Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8"
PRICE: $275 
COMMENTS:  Lumped into the garbage-can term "Thrift Time Pen", the revelation of a Dec 1933 Parkergram allowed specific description of this model for the first time.  Available in four colors and two sizes with the smaller size found with clip or ring, one can collect 12 catalogue described variants. Hefty pens, the stepped clip ties to the 1934 Type II Parker Parkette and evokes pens by Eclipse and Monroe, amongst others. The matching end-pieces add charm. Note that unlike most gray-pearl Parkers from the 1930's, this model uses gold (filled?  plated?) trim instead of white trim. I like the yellow-on-gray look.

Often found discolored, crazed or quite worn, this set is better than most. One possible incorrect element is present, however. You will note that the pen has a different clip from the pencil. The smooth ball clip (duofold-like) on the pencil  is what is seen in the 1933 catalog. The raised-"parker" clip seen on this pen  is a 1934 style clip (as seen on Challenger). However (you knew there would be a however), whilst i could have swapped on a clip, i noted the pen has a barrel date code for third quarter 1934 (indeed  this is the first quarter from which we see date codes on any Parker pens). Thus, this pen was produced a year or so after the first catalog appearance. Given Parker's tendency to mutate features over time, this clip... could be... original, but barring appearance of a later catalog that again shows this already uncommon pen, i cannot prove this assertion. In any case, this set is as i found it and i suspect it is correct as found. I have knocked a few bucks from the price just in case.
 
Pen 2017 Parker Royal Challenger Larger SIze with Sword Clip
  Golden Pearl Celluloid  $495  

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: some barrel ambering
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Fine Size: 5 1/8"
PRICE: $495 
COMMENTS:  The Sword Clip is the most sought Royal Challenger.  This one is the larger size in golden pearl celluloid. Very clean trim. Sound (though not near mint) imprint. Barrel has some ambering in bottom half- as per the picture- not a biggy as the pen has a natural amber color anyway.

Pen 2071 Parker Royal Challenger Larger Size 1937   $425
Golden Pearl Celluloid

Overall Grade: Nearmint
Metal: Nearmint Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity: NA Plastic:
Point:  Medium Imprint:  Perfect Size: 5 1/8"
PRICE: $425 
COMMENTS:  Superb Royal. The first -Vacumatic to hit $5 price point after the discontinuation of the original Duofold. Royal Challengers are by far the most interesting and beautiful of the Challenger family.

Pen 1347 Parker Royal Challenger Step Clip. Larger Size $235 SOLD
Overall Grade: VG Trim:  capbands brassed. Color:  Excellent CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Excellent Threads:  Perfect cap threads.  Transparency:  superb Click if link is hot, for more info
Point: Fine-medium Firm. Imprint:   exc Size:  5 1/8" by 1/2" PRICE: $235
COMMENTS:  Another Royal Challenger, clean save mostly for heavy capband brassing. I shot pen without buffing bands so you can see it. Bit of brass to bottom tassie. A great candidate for custom plating (give Kirchheimer a yell) if you go for that sort of thing. The plastic is quite sound and very nice in all respects.  $200 discount for wear to those bands. Being restored by el Zorno of www.mainstreetpens.com this week.

Please contact me to confirm availability. Payment typically is by Paypal, though Postal Money Order can be done too. Shipping starts at about $9 insured in USA and ranges up with price of pen. International shipping tends to run $25-$50
Contact: isaacson@frontiernet.net