1897 parker catalog

Silver Dollar on its box photo-restored. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker imprint of the time.

Silver Dollar, -later, from 1900 onwards it would also be supplied under the name of «Palmer Pen» if desired-, over or underfeed, without curve tubular feed, a plain, black hard rubber or mottled, with 14k nib. With straight cap.  “It is with pleasure that we offer to our friends a pen that can be retailed at the popular price of One Dollar. No attempt has been made towards ornamentation, yet the fountain is beautifully finished and burnished, and the fittings are perfect.”

Special, overfeed, without curve tubular feed, plain or chased, black hard rubber pen with straight cap. Special Pens are the best pens obtainable for the prices. Just the Pen to meet the demand for a popular price. It was $1.50.

#1 was marketed plain black or mottled. Without ornamentation but are “made for service”. Overfeed and straight cap. It was $2.00.

Parker no. 1 plain barrel raven black and red and black mottled. Price $2.00, originally selling for $1.50. A neat little pen. Has the "Lucky Curve." Screw Joint. Does not have the Anti-Break Cap. Over feed. A very good pen and warranted. It is the lowest price of any Parker “Lucky Curve” made.
Parker overfeed model no. 3 barrel chased. It could be furnished with straight or taper cap and regular or ladies' size upper or lower feed. Price, $2.00. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.

#3 Overfeed, the #3 was offered in two sizes, regular and ladies. No. 3 Ladies’ was chased with three stars on the body and had tapered cap. Regular has two versions; a No. 3 regular with taper cap and chased as Ladies´ pens but with a diagonal pattern instead of stars, and No. 3 straight cap, slightly larger barrel and made in a great variety of patterns on barrel. These pens were $ 2.50.

Parker no. 5 Twist red mottled overfeed taper cap. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.

Numbers 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 have three staggered twist rings chased, separating the body and section for a better grip.

#5 Overfeed the #5 had a spiral body and tapered cap. It was marketed in two chased, Spiral and Twist. The nib was made larger than in No. 3, and the pens can be furnished in either black or mottled rubber. Its cost was $3.00.

#6 Overfeed, like the No. 3’s was offered in two sizes too. Have twisted designs and two ornamented gold bands, featuring a tapered cap. It was $3.50 and $3.00 regular and ladies´ size, respectively.

Parker No. 8 Hexagon. Price $3.00

#8 Overfeed. Hexagon pen with its peculiar shape in black or mottled with a less tapered cap than the one that came mounting until then.

Parker no. 9 overfeed gold mounted. Two different sizes from Tsachi Mitsenmacher collection.

#9 Overfeed No. 9 is an enlarged edition of No. 3. Was offered in two versions: one with chased body at price of $3.00 and, other, with two ornamented gold bands at $4.00.

Parker no. 10 Twist red mottled.

#10 Overfeed No. 10 incorporated this year with Twist rope chased diagonal bands in either Black or Mottled Rubber. Furnished with straight cap. Its cost was $3.50.

#11 Overfeed, the #11 was offered in two sizes, regular and ladies. No. 11 Ladies was designed with a metallic floral motif in anodized aluminum at $5.00. According with Jonathan Steinberg and his Collecting Fountain Pens book, aluminum was considered a precious metal in those days. The men size has a twist cable chased gold or silver overlay at $6.00. All of them with a black, tapered cap.

No. 11 in silver pattern, $6.00. This is a most beautiful pen. The barrel is covered with 14k rolled gold of rich design. Same design in Sterling Silver. Photo-composition by the author.

#12 Overfeed, the #12 is out of the ordinary with its inlaid mother of pearl barrel limited by two bands gold trimmed and black tapered cap.

The underfeed was introduced in 1896 in models #18 and #2X and was produced concurrently with overfeed in other models. Later, in these last models, both options would be offered if desired.

The Parker´s underfeed was introduced in 1896 in #18 and #2X pens. George S. Parker remembered it that way in SYSTEM, The Magazine of the Business a few years later.

«There was a good deal of discussion among the pen makers as to whether the under-feed pens really were better;  -and I suppose it is still a debatable  question. But that was not the point.  The public had shown it wanted the under-feed pens and was satisfied with their service.

More than one manufacturer went out of business on the issue; and although  we were not first to adopt the  under-feed plan, the fact that we were  quick to adopt it, once the demand  had appeared, clearly sent us forward,  when we might have gone back. «

#18 Underfeed, No. 18 is a plain chased pen in raven black or mottled with straight cap that cost $2.00.

#20 Underfeed, No. 20 is a plain chased pen in raven black or mottled with straight cap that cost $2.75.

#24 Underfeed No. 24 is fitted with extra quality No. 4 gold pens, fine, medium or stub points, and long or short nib. Plain barrel black or mottled with straight cap.

#25 Underfeed No. 25 was a #24 larger version.

Parker no. 024 black and red mottled. Price $4.00
Parker overfeeds. No. 3 chased. No. 5 Twist and No. 9 regular and ladies size. In collaboration with Tsachi Mitsenmacher and from his collection.

IMPRINTS.

The two-line barrel imprint «GEO. S. PARKER FOUNTAIN PEN  PAT. JUNE 30.91.JAN.9.94» is the characteristic of the time. The first patent corresponds to a overfeed with a straight bar. The second one also overfeed, is the Curved Tubular Feed, which would soon be adapted as underfeed and will acquire the legendary name «Lucky Curve» with which we know it today.

The overfeed nibs are smooth, without marks, while the underfeed nibs are engraved «PARKER FOUNTAIN PEN» over the corresponding nib number.

Parker patents.

Parker, who had been manufacturing underfeed since the previous year in model series # 2X, knew how to see new trends and customer tastes and filled on July 26, 1897 a patent by redesigning his overfeed Curve Tubular Feeder endowing it with a better capillary ink conduct and a finger bar with groove for vent under the nib.

The Parker feed that had been known as Curve Tubular Feeder until then, at the end of 1896, will acquire its own name, Lucky Curve.

It would not be a drastic change and the Parker pens would continue being manufactured overfeed on the cheaper lines and, optionally, on other models.

1897. Parker Curved Tubular overfeed vs new Parker Lucky Curve underfeed
Parker ad in Penman's Art Journal. July, 1896. Same as catalog, note "Curved Tubular Feed".
Parker ad in Penman's Art Journal. December, 1896. Note "Lucky Curve of the feeder".

THE NEW STYLE HOLDER.

In the middle of the year Parker introduced a new style holder. One of the problems of hard rubber was caps on fountain pens will in time wear loose. It must be remedied heating the end of the cap over a lamp, or gas jet, just enough so it will be slightly. To solve this problem Parker presented a new style with tapered nozzle and barrel end, slip-fit type of outer cap. This was a major improvement because previously the caps fined only onto the «section». His new cap slipped over the barrel and fined snugly.

Parker pens would continue being manufactured in both styles.

Old Parker pen style holder vs new style
First ad Parker new style holder. Penman´s Art Journal ad. August 1897.

THE PARKER SHOW CASE OFFER.

«With your first order for four dozen or more Parker Fountain Pens, at regular rates, we will take pleasure in sending you, with our compliments, one of the handsomest little show cases ever made for the purpose of displaying fountain pens. This case is trimmed in oak, cherry, walnut, or nickel, as you may desire. This handsome show case displays one time four dozen fountain pens. The case is fitted with a Yale lock with two keys, has a drawer in the bottom for scratch paper, ink, surplus stock, etc., will make one of the neatest accessories to your store that you can possible imagine. After you have had it in store for a month or two, you will wonder you ever consented to get along with one of these.» Parker Side Talks.

SOURCES:

  • Circa 1897 Parker illustrated priced catalog.
  • Fountain Pen and Pencil. The Golden Age of  Writing Instruments. G. Fischler & S. Schneider. Ed. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 1990.
  • Tsachi Mitsenmacher pens collection.
  • Plumas Estilográficas. Jonathan Steinberg. Ed. Edimat Libros. 1998.
  • Parker Side Talks; 1896, 1897 and 1898.
  • 800 Parker ads. Pre-Duofold.
  • Parker patens US 512,319 and US 606,231.

1898 parker catalog

Never before in the history of The Parker Pen Company had there been an avalanche of business like in the Christmas season of 1897, in which urgent last-minute orders had to be rejected due to the impossibility of supplying them. Parker pen business was achieving considerable success, further increased by winning large contracts with the U.S. government. George S. Parker was drawing his own trajectory of the American Dream.

In line with this expansion at the end of 1998 Parker acquired the 3 upper floors of the McKey Building Block at 17-19 South Main Street in the heart of Janesville´s downtown. Operations moved into this building in the middle of 1900. This edifice would have on the side a large-scale ad, where they could read: «The PARKER PEN COMPANY, Home of the JOINTLESS FOUNTAIN PEN

The new year began precisely with its Jointless announcement so, in Side Talks’ January, where its magazine let it be known they are manufacturing new models for to supply the public with a fountain pen without a joint. Parker were working in a fountain pen that they expect to place on the market just as soon as they had enough stocks. This holder promised to revolutionize the trade of fountain pens. The fountain pen without a joint patent 622,256 was filed on March 7, 1898 and in April the Parker Jointless were already commercialized.

1898 04 07 Parker Jointless first ad. The Youth' s Companion.
1898 04 07 Parker Jointless first ad. The Youth' s Companion.
Sectional view "Jointless" showing "Lucky Curve" and "Spring Lock".
Jointless section view
Parker Jointless. Note the absence of joints.

THE 1898 PARKER CATALOG.

A year of great diversity where coincide pens over and underfeed, old and new barrel style, straight or tapered caps and joint and jointless models.

Silver Dollar with box photo-restored. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker Silver Dollar pen.

Silver Dollar, -later, from 1900 onwards it would also be known as Palmer Pen-, over or underfeed, a plain, black hard rubber or mottled, with 14k nib. With straight cap.  “It is with pleasure that we offer to our friends a pen that can be retailed at the popular price of One Dollar. No attempt has been made towards ornamentation, yet the fountain is beautifully finished and burnished, and the fittings are perfect.”

Special, overfeed, plain or chased, black hard rubber pen with straight cap. Special Pens are the best pens obtainable for the prices. Just the Pen to meet the demand for a popular price. It was $1.50.

Silver Dollar and Special do not have the Lucky Curve feed and are made in old style nozzle. Parker guaranteed them to be the best pen on the marked that can be purchased for the money.

#1 was marketed plain black or mottled. Without ornamentation but are “made for service”. Overfeed and straight cap. It was $2.00.

Parker no. 1 plain barrel raven black and red and black mottled. Price $2.00, originally selling for $1.50. A neat little pen. Has the "Lucky Curve." Screw Joint. Does not have the Anti-Break Cap. Over feed. A very good pen and warranted. It is the lowest price of any Parker “Lucky Curve” made.
Parker overfeed model no. 3 barrel chased. It could be furnished with straight or taper cap and regular or ladies' size upper or lower feed. Price, $2.00. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.

#3 Overfeed, the #3 was offered in two sizes, regular and ladies. No. 3 Ladies’ was chased with three stars on the body and had tapered cap. Regular has two versions; a No. 3 regular with taper cap and chased as Ladies´ pens but with a diagonal pattern instead of stars, and No. 3 straight cap, slightly larger barrel and made in a great variety of patterns on barrel. These pens were $ 2.50.

Parker no. 5 Twist red mottled overfeed taper cap. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.

#5 Overfeed the #5 had a spiral body and tapered cap. It was marketed in two chased, Spiral and Twist. The nib was made larger than in No. 3, and the pens can be furnished in either black or mottled rubber. Its cost was $3.00.

Parker No. 8 Hexagon. Price $3.00

#6 Overfeed, like the No. 3’s was offered in two sizes too. Have twisted designs and two ornamented gold bands, featuring a tapered cap. It was $3.50 and $3.00 regular and ladies´ size, respectively.

#8 Overfeed. Hexagon pen with its peculiar shape in black or mottled with a less tapered cap than the one that came mounting until then.

Parker no. 9 overfeed gold mounted. Two different sizes from Tsachi Mitsenmacher collection.

#9 Overfeed No. 9 is an enlarged edition of No. 3. Was offered in two versions: one with chased body at price of $3.00 and, other, with two ornamented gold bands at $4.00.

Parker no. 10 Twist red mottled.

#10 Overfeed No. 10 with Twist rope chased diagonal bands in either Black or Mottled Rubber. Furnished with straight cap. Its cost was $3.50.

Parker No. 11 in silver pattern, price $6.00.

#11 Overfeed, the #11 was offered in two sizes, regular and ladies. No. 11 Ladies was designed with a metallic floral motif in anodized aluminum at $5.00. According with Jonathan Steinberg and his Collecting Fountain Pens book, aluminum was considered a precious metal in those days. The men size has a twist cable chased gold or silver overlay at $6.00. All of them with a black, tapered cap.

#12 Overfeed, the #12 is out of the ordinary with its inlaid mother of pearl barrel limited by two bands gold trimmed and black tapered cap.

#18 Underfeed, No. 18 is a plain chased pen in raven black or mottled with straight cap that cost $2.00.

#20 Underfeed, No. 20 men and lady sizes is a plain chased pen in raven black or mottled with straight cap that cost $2.75.  Furnished Joint and Jointles.

#23 Underfeed, No. 23 is a plain chased pen in raven black or mottled with straight cap that cost $3.00.  Furnished Joint and Jointles.

#24 Underfeed No. 24 is fitted with extra quality No. 4 gold pens, fine, medium or stub points, and long or short nib. Plain barrel black or mottled with straight cap. In versions Joint and Jointles.

#25 Underfeed No. 25 was a #24 larger version. Supplied Joint and Jointles.

These fountain pens was fitted with the finest quality regular shape gold pens, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Any of these pens can be supplied in the old-style holders if desired.

THE JOINTLESS.

Parker no. 024 Jointless red mottled. These first Jointless have a spiral finger grip in front part of the barrel.

Jointless. Parker listed the Jointless line as the same number as its threaded section model counterparts but leading a zero, #020 men and lady, #023, #024 and #025, were furnished in almost any style of best Point—fine, medium, coarse or stub. These pens were supplied in Raven Black, Mottled Green or Red. In six short months the demand had been such as to double the ordinary output of Parker factory and to necessitate greatly enlarging its plant to take care of the great volume of trade. This pen was used by Judge Day, President of the Peace Commission, for affix his signature to 1898 Paris Peace Treaty with a Geo. S. Parker No. 023 Jointless Fountain Pen furnished him by the Department of State at Washington, which in common with other Departments, was a large buyer of the Parker Jointless Pen.

February 16, 1899. Ad in Washington's Birthday number of Youth's Companion.
February 16, 1899. Ad in Washington's Birthday number of Youth's Companion.

In 1897, Augustus Hafner patented a thermometer and fountain pen with a thermometer inserted into the end of a fountain pen. The pen had two concentric chambers with the outer chamber acting as an ink reservoir and the inner chamber acting as a receptacle for the thermometer. Parker, always attentive to innovations, incorporated its particular «Physician’s Fountain Pen». Almost 4 decades later we would see a new Parker thermometer in Vacumatic version.

Parker, who since its inception had shorthand’s schools and business colleges among its priority target, where in addition to users it looked for live representative agents, soon offered a large pen to this specific market segment.

1898 Parker pen inks

In 1998 Parker supplemented its catalog with writing and office products; inks, scratch and carbon papers, liquid glue, mucilage, typewriter ribbons and a protective vest-pocket pen holder.

1900 PARKER CATALOG

In 1900 Parker moved its facilities to the 3 upper floors of the McKey Building Block at 17-19 South Main Street in the heart of Janesville´s downtown. On the side of this building had a large-scale ad, where we could read: The PARKER PEN COMPANY, Home of the JOINTLESS FOUNTAIN PEN.

Parker Pen at 17-19 South Main Street, Janesville. The Home of the Jointless fountain pen.

The “Home of the Jointless Lucky Curve” occupied an entire building, save a first-floor storeroom. The entire second floor was devoted to the executive offices, the remainder of the building to the various department of manufacture. Here, with an equipment incorporating al modern improvements and conveniences, all parts of the pen were made and assembled.

We take the credit”, said George S. Parker then, “of being the largest bona fide manufacturer of fountain pen in the world; by the term «bona fide» meaning those who made every part of the pen, instead of farming out particular features of the work «

In 1900 Geo. S. Parker found a solution for the caps, then brittle and expandable hard rubber: it could separate from the barrel inside the pocket and were very fragile in its mouth, where the closing pressure was applied, being prone to cracking. Parker patented an anti-break cap whose slightly tapered interior, approximately half its length, widened its walls being there, in a thicker area and without a profile prone to cracks, that the closing pressure was supported.

Parker anti-break cap US653,818 patent

In 1900 the Parker Pen Co. added a deparment for the manufacture of ink to its business.

The new style appeared in 1898 with a tapered barrel end is discontinued.

Parker Silver Dollar pen.

The Special is now underfeed being called New Special. The Silver Dollar is furnished in either black or mottled rubber and could also be supplied as «Palmer Pen» name. In a known barrel imprint we can read «PALMER’S IMPROVED FOUNTAIN PEN». The shorthand pen will be called Shorthand and Bookkeeper, from now on.

Parker no. 024 black and red mottled. Price $4.00
Parker No. 026 Jointless.

This year was presented model no. 26 as a regular Goliath. «It might be too large for you, but there are many people who find pleasure and comfort in using such a pen. It, of course, holds an immense supply of ink. It has a «feel» to it that is only afforded by such a pen, and it has many warm friends.»

Parker continued offering models no. 18 and 2X series in version screw joint.

Parker no. 020 jointless (above) and no. 20 (note ringed section)
Parker no. 1 plain barrel raven black and red and black mottled. Price $1.50, originally selling for $2.00.
Parker overfeed model no. 3 barrel chased. It could be furnished with straight or taper cap and regular or ladies' size upper or lower feed. Price, $2.00. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker no. 5 Twist red mottled overfeed taper cap. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker No. 8 Hexagon. Price was $3.00, now reduced to $2.50.
Parker no. 10 Twist red mottled.
No. 11. Silver cable chased, price $5.00. Gold same pattern, $6.00. Photo-composition by the author.

 

The old-style models #1, #3, #5, and #8 reduced its price by $ 0.50.

The Parker screw joint numbers #18 to #24 have a ringed section at barrel end for better grip.

This year, Parker presents the following models:

  • No. 30 barrel and cap covered with 18 k. gold in rich design, with a retail price of $ 10.00. Featured with a new style grip with just one striated ring.
  • A formidable No. 26 Jointless, price $ 6.00.
  • No. 21 jointless, price $ 3.50. a variant of No. 20 mounted with two gold bands in the barrel.
"If you want to make some dear friends a present that will be treasured for a life-time, and be handed down as an heirloom the No. 30 will fill the bill". Photo courtesy of PBA Galleries, Berkeley, CA. (image © Justin Benttinen)
No. 021. Jointless. Price, $3.50. This Is really a very pretty pen. It is practically the no. 020 with the addition of the gold bands and a size larger gold pen. So popular indeed is this style that we have had some difficulty in keeping up with the demand for It. It Is about the neatest and most pleasing looking gold mounted pen we have ever seen. If preferred can supply with Screw Jolnt when so ordered. Courtesy of http://www.fivestarpens.com.
Parker No. 30 highly-repoussé diamond and snail pattern, end piece imprinted "PATENTED" with no other imprints. 135 mm. legth.

SOURCES:

  • Fountain Pen and Pencil. The Golden Age of  Writing Instruments. G. Fischler & S. Schneider. Ed. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 1990.
  • Plumas Estilográficas. Jonathan Steinberg. Ed. Edimat Libros. 1998.
  • Tsachi Mitsenmacher pens collection.
  • 1896-1900 Parker Side Talks, the Parker´s dealer magazine.
  • 800 Parker ads. Pre-Duofold.
  • Parker patens US 512,319, US 606,231 and US 653,818.

1903 PARKER CATALOG

Parker, which had already been offering a one-year warranty on its anti-break cap, in 1901 extended it to the entire holder through the Lucky Curve Accident Policy.

Parker Lucky Curve Club accident policy.

Parker introduced the Bulldog Special $4.00. The pen could be furnished in Black or Mottled and in versions Jointles or screw joint. «This pen -Bulldog Special- we offered for the first time in this country in the October 1902. The immediate response that this pen has called is really quite remarkable. It shows that there is a big demand for it, from buyers such as businessmen, the older student, professional men who do not like to carry a fountain pen partially exposed. It has proven to be especially popular with the miner and military man. It is, as previously stated, a pen that we have sold, in large numbers, during the past two years, to one of the largest Stationery firms in London, England. It is essentially an English idea. It is made to carry in the lower vest-pocket with the pen lying flat in the bottom. It will, if kept properly filled, never permit ink to get into the cap, even when carried in this position. It cannot be lost, can hardly be broken, is handy, and has many good points in its favor. It is just 4 inches long when closed, and on of its short, stubby appearance is called The Parker «Lucky Curve» Bulldog Special.

Parker no. 024 Bull Dog Special.

In 1902, Parker incorporated a new improvement in the Parker Lucky Curve feed, which they called the Bell-Shaped Lucky Curve on account of the peculiar bell shape of the feed finger. It was made to correspond to the widening of the pen at the shoulder. The feed was fitted to the pen that there is a uniform space between the pen and the feed the entire length of the feed finger, presenting a vast amount of adhesive surface for the retention of the ink.

This improvement was incorporated in all Parker Lucky Curve underfeed.

The Bell-shaped Lucky Curve feed. Top and bottom views.

In September 1, 1903, Parker introduced a new improvement in this «Lucky Curve» feed with a new patent «Spear Head» overflow ink preventer. It was a bell-shaped, but it had with lateral cuts like teeths creating the shape as a harpoon. We can see this feeder with 1 or 2 cuts on each side. This improvement was to prevent ink dripping from the nib when it is under pressure by low level of ink. The silhouette that we know as «Christmas Tree» would still have to wait a couple of years.

Parker pen with a original Lucky Curve feed spear head. From Michael Fultz collection.

Models # 18 screw joint and # 018 jointless, # 20 and # 020, #23 and # 023 # 24 and # 024. # 25 and # 025, are kept in the catalog.

Parker no. 020 can be had in fine, medium, coarse or stub point as desired. This style can be supplied with beautiful gold mountings on barrel for $1.00 extra, or $3.50 for gold mounted No. 021.

Nos. 020, 023 and 024, fitted especially for shorthand writing and bookkeepers when so ordered. Same numbers supplied with pens especially for manifold purposes, only when specially ordered.

Parker Jointless.
Physicians Pen. Price, $ 5.00. Fitted with no. 4 or no. 5 gold pen. In opposite end of fountain is fitted Registered Fever Thermometer with certificate showing corrected readings for physicians' use. The most useful, convenient combination ever put in a physician's pocket.

The Silver Dollar have screw joint and without Lucky Curve feed. It could be furnished upper or lower feed as desired.

Parker Silver Dollar pen.

The Screw Joint pens continue with the ringed section for a better grip.

Parker screw joint.
Parker no. 020 jointless (above) and no. 20 (note ringed section)

The Jointless #023 model, a new Hexagon version was presented in 1902 (April, Side Talks and 1902 Sep. 06 ad in Saturday Evening Post). This Hexagon didn’t had the cone cap of the #8 nor the three staggered twist rings chased, separating the body and section. It could be manufactured in black or mottled.

Just out. The coming favorite. Seems to just strike the fancy of those who are looking for something new in the way of a fountain pen.

Parker no. 023 Hexagon jointless black. Price, $3.00.
Parker no. 023 Hexagon Jointless mottled. Courtesy of Tsachi Mitsenmacher.
Parker no. 024 black and red mottled. Price $4.00
Parker no. 1 plain barrel raven black and red and black mottled. Price $1.50, originally selling for $2.00. A neat little pen. Has the "Lucky Curve." Screw Joint. Does not have the Anti-Break Cap. Over feed. A very good pen and warranted. It is the lowest price of any Parker “Lucky Curve” made.
Parker No. 3. Straight or taper cap. Price $ 2.00. Considerably larger than the ladie's size of the same number. Has the "Lucky Curve." This is one of the oldest styles, yet it is a popular pen today. Comes with a great variety of patterns on barrel. Courtesy of http://www.fivestarpens.com.
Parker no. 5. Spiral, black, or mottled rubber. Price, $2.50. The barrel is made with corrugations, which are spiral. It presents a rough surface for the fingers to grasp. Either upper or lower feed. Courtesy of http://www.fivestarpens.com.
No. 6. Ladies´size Gold Mounted. Price, $3.00. Has beautifully chased barrel in a great variety of patterns, fitted with gold bands. It is made in regular and ladies' size considerably smaller. Courtesy Luiz Leite.
No. 8. Hexagon. Price $2.50. Barrel and cap are cut hexagon shape, so the fountain will not roll when placed upon a desk. Can be supplied in black or mottled rubber.
No. 9. Gold mounted. Price, $ 4.00. This Is a gentleman’s pen exclusively. It is by all odds the most handsome of the large sized fountains. An ample ink reservoir. Beautifully gold mounted. A superb pen in every way.
No. 10. Twist. Price, $3.00. This pen is preferred by many who like the corrugated handle, which gives the fingers something to grasp and prevent from slipping when moist or sweaty. Courtesy Luiz Leite.
No. 11. Silver, price, $ 5.00. Gold, same design $6.00. Either upper or lower feed. This is a most beautiful pen. The barrel is covered with 14k rolled gold of rich design. Photo-composition by the author.
No. 11. Aluminum. Price, $ 3.50. Richly engraved in a variety of patterns. Upper or lower feed as desired.
No. 12. Full Pearl. A Beauty. Price, $6.00. Upper or lower feed. Inlaid pearl with gold bands. If you want to own something out of the ordinary or make a present that would be treasured for a lifetime, you need go no further.
Parker pen No. 14. Price $5.00, sterling silver filigree. No. 16, gold, $6. 00. The silver is inlaid over the vulcanite, making a most striking looking pen. Space is reserved on name plate for engraving name of owner. No. 16, same pattern as above, solid 18K gold plate will wear for many years. Price $6.00. If you want to spend as much as $5.00 or $6.00 for a fancy fountain you need have no fear of regretting selecting this style.
No. 021. Jointless. Price, $3.50. This Is really a very pretty pen. It is practically the no. 020 with the addition of the gold bands and a size larger gold pen. So popular indeed is this style that we have had some difficulty in keeping up with the demand for It. It Is about the neatest and most pleasing looking gold mounted pen we have ever seen. If preferred can supply with Screw Jolnt when so ordered. Courtesy of http://www.fivestarpens.com.
Parker No. 30.
"If you want to make some dear friends a present that will be treasured for a life-time, and be handed down as an heirloom the No. 30 will fill the bill". Photo courtesy of PBA Galleries, Berkeley, CA. (image © Justin Benttinen)
Parker pen no. 40. Price $20. 00. Barrel and cap covered with solid 18k. gold. Parker does not expect this pen will ever come into very general use. Yet for wedding presents, a birthday present, a present to some honored member of a Society. It would make a lasting reminder of the donor. It Is difficult to conceive how a more beautiful pen could be made. The flowers, leaves, vines, etc., stand out in relief as the body of the barrel Is cut down by engraving to give prominence to the beautiful, raised work. Space Is left on the barrel in place reserved for it to engrave the name of owner. With this pen was sent with a plush or morocco box without additional charge.

SOURCES:

  • Fountain Pen and Pencil. The Golden Age of  Writing Instruments. G. Fischler & S. Schneider. Ed. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 1990.
  • Plumas Estilográficas. Jonathan Steinberg. Ed. Edimat Libros. 1998.
  • Tsachi Mitsenmacher pens collection.
  • Luiz Leite pens collection.
  • 1896-1903 Parker Side Talks, the Parker´s dealer magazine.
  • 800 Parker ads. Pre-Duofold.
  • Parker patens US 512,319, US 606,231 and US 653,818.

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