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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 4102 K: Parker True Blue  1929 $475 SOLD
Flex Nib

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exx
Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:  NA

Point: FLEX Fine-to-Broad+ Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 " 12.8cm
PRICE: $475
COMMENTS: True Blue was offered in 1928-1929 first as traditional flat-top then in streamlined flat-top forms. It's primary weakness is the pale celluloid which turns up dark yellow to brown instead of cream white with most examples found.  This one pops. Superb color and superb condition overall, it also offers a full flex Parker Lucky Curve. I should put that nib in a black "Raven" where the added value of the flex nib really could shine.


Pen 4114 K:  Parker Royal Challenger  $495 SOLD
Sword Clip. Large model (Standard). Brown Pearl Celluloid. 1937

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine  Imprint:  Exc
Size 5 3/8" 13.6 cm PRICE: $495 SOLD
COMMENTS: The first of the Royal Challengers, the top of the Challenger line. The Royals ran 1937-1940 and offered three major variants in three colors and two sizes, allowing for an 18-pen complete collection, which I have, though it took me more than a decade to put that together. The sword clip is the most desirable trim variant. This is the large model in pbrown in really nice condition (pen looks too yellow in photo. I must fix that)


Pen  4083 Parker "Baby" Bakelite late 1910s  $455
Flex Nib. Dropper-fill (non-self filler)

Overall: Fine+
Metal: Exc Color:  NA .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: VG
Threads: Perfect clarity: Mod Red

Point: Fine Full Flex Imprint:  VG
Size: 3", 7.5 cm
PRICE: $455
COMMENTS: Parker's shortest pen, the baby Jack Knife pens ran late 1910s-early 1920s. The grand experiment with Bakelite proved short lived, but it gave us some great pens. The Baby is popular with collectors and not so easy to fine. Cap and barrel are clean. No cracks. Good transparency. Imprint present and legible though faint. Trim without damage. Nbi is intact and writes a nice very flexible line.. Nib has the desirable teardrop vent hole.  The nib's imprint is weak at the right side (see pic). I see no evidence of crack repair but this either was a factory stamping flaw or perhaps a restorer pushed out some dings preveiously present, lightening the imprint. A most acceptable (though not nearmint) example of a popular early parker


Pen 4025-K  English Parker Victory  $295 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Mint Color:  Exc .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: NA
Point: Fine+ Imprint:  NA Size: 5",  12.8cm
PRICE: $295
COMMENTS: Sorting the English Parkers from the late 1930s and early 1940s still gives me a headache. Parker had absorbed Valentine. Pens often had Valentine-style plastics, Parker contour, and use of darly 1930s USA-Duofold shape even into the 1940s. The "candy mesh" Parker Victory such as this might date to late 1930s. Candy-mesh could be had in three colors, burgundy, amber and emerald (more or less) the colored stripes reticulated and alternating with translucent lines. Very pretty plastic. Some very rare Parker Vacumatics were made in England in this plastic. Three of my rare Vacs done in this plastic died in a fire, but that's a sad tale for another day. This one is a standard size bandless Parker Victory in the red candy-mesh pattern. it is very clean with clean plastic, excellent color, imprint better than found with most Parker Victory pens, and bit of high point brass on clip ball, where such usually is found This one is well better than average. Pen writes a fine line but has a bit of spring to allow medium or medium+ on downstroke with some pressure. Nice writer. Pretty pen. 


Pen 4027  Valentine (Parker associated)  $295 SOLD
Slender pen in red-reticulated ("candy mesh") Celluloid

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  NA .CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity: NA
Point: Fine Imprint:  NA Size: 4.75" 12 cm
PRICE$295 SOLD
COMMENTS: I'm overdue to reread when Parker in England absorbed Valentine and what was the exact association before and after. The candy-mesh plastic shown here is classic Valentine, and was used (later?) with Parker Victory and with some  very rare Parker Vacumatics. The reticulated red liens are mixed with translucent plastic. Most I've seen are Parker Victory pens. This slender Valentine is likely earlier and is well more scarce. It's in nice shape with clean plastic, color and clip. The imprint is complete though light.  I've handled dozens of Victories (I don't see as many English pens as some fellow collectors across the pond), but this is the first slender Valentine of this sort I've managed to own. 


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 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 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 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 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 2017 Parker Royal Challenger Larger SIze with Sword Clip SOLD
  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 SOLD
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.

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