Dating parker duofold pens
In addition to a striking clip design and a jewel-like striated body, higher-line models of the Vacumatic featured a palladium-plated nib.The Junior, dressed in celluloid designs of marbled colors, Shadow Wave, Crystal, and the famous “Golden Web” (called simply by Parker), bore a plain gold nib, and gradually the gold nib appeared on striated pens such as the Major. Their attractive appearance and the fact that they are less common make plated nibs more desirable; and because the plating wears as the nib is rubbed to clean it, plated nibs in good condition are highly prized.In a case of reverse fertilization, pens appeared that looked exactly like striped Duofolds except that they had Arrow nibs, Split Arrow clips, and stacked-coin cap bands.They bear a Over the lifetime of the Vacumatic, Parker offered the pen in a broad array of colors; but not all of the colors were offered at the same time. Patent N 1,904,358, applied for on September 14, 1928 and issued on April 18, 1933) from Professor Arthur O.
The name may have encountered legal difficulties, as there was already on the market a British pen with that name, or it may be that Parker wanted to emphasize the advantages of the new filling system; in any case, the name was soon changed to Parker changed it to the more mellifluous (and marketable) Vacumatic.
(The metal tassie into which the jewel was set was made of brass.) Thereafter, only streamlined blind caps were produced for the Vacumatic and Duofold product lines.
As it happened, the new look was more streamlined — and the buying public, conditioned to expect cutbacks due to the exigencies of all-out war (and ready to sweep Art Deco under the rug anyway), seems not to have objected to the loss of that small bit of trim.
On a pen with its date code missing or otherwise illegible, differences in features can help you to narrow the possible years of its manufacture.
The Vacumatic filler mechanism consists of a spring-loaded plunger whose end is attached to the end of a sac-like rubber diaphragm.