Which Illustrates and Describes the more Recent Additions to Our Line of Parker “Lucky Curve” Fountain Pens, Including the Superb $250.00 Pen. Special Attention Is Directed to the Complete Series of Parker Jack Knife Safety Fountain Pens. The Parker Pen Company, Janesville, Wisconsin, U. 5. A. European Branch: Stuttgart, Germany New York Retail Store, 11 Park Row.
Original undated. Due to the existence of the Swastika models (1910) and the non-appearance of the Awanyu models (1911), we can venture their dating.
PARKER JACK-KNIFE SAFETY FOUNTAIN PENS.
The phenomenal record for sates which our Jack Knife Safety Fountain Pen has enjoyed ever since its introduction, a comparatively short time ago shows that it tills a long-felt need. This is the first real Safety Pen that is pa and entirely without valves, pistons or other complicated mechanism, It may be carried flat in the vest or coat pocket like a short lead pencil and without danger of leaking or losing. The Jack Knife Pen is well adapted for ladies use since it may be dropped into a purse or handbag with no risk to the other contents. It is doubly convenient when traveling as it can be tossed into a suitcase or traveling bag with perfect safety.
The Jack Knife Safety pen has two caps, the regular or outer cap which screws on over the nozzle and the inner or safety cap which fits inside the regular cap. When the outer cap has been properly screwed down after the writer is through using the pen, the threaded end of the safety cap should be given a little turn, sufficiently hard to make a close contact between the end of the nozzle and the end of the Inside (safety) cap. The gold pen then fits In an ink tight compartment. Any ink that may come into this safety cap is drained back into the barrel when the pen is held point upward and the outer cap removed for writing.
Any of these may be had with any style pen point and also in various style barrels, plain black, red, mottled or chased unless otherwise noted,
No. 20 Jack Knife Safety. Baby Size. $2.50. This wonderful little pen is made in both baby and regular sizes. Can be furnished in red rubber when especially ordered. Please state in ordering whether Baby or Regular size is desired,
No. 20 Jack Knife Safety. $2.50. The regular size No. 20 Jack Knife Safety. No other pen has ever equaled in so short a time the sales reached by this pen.
No. 20 ½ Jack Knife Safety, Chased Barrel. $2.50. This shows how the safety pen looks with the chased or engraved barrel. Any of the safety pens in black except the baby size No. 20 can be supplied with chased barrels and cap as shown, when so ordered.
No. 20 Jack Knife Safety with New Style T Cap. $2.50. This cut shows No, 20 with the new style T Safety cap. This style cap may be furnished with any of the safety pens by simply requesting the T style cap.
No. 23 Jack Knife Safety Pen, $3.00. This is fitted with a No. 3 gold pen. This pen can be supplied in black or red or fancy chased barrel in the black. A very convenient size and a big seller. Can be had in Regular length or Baby size.
No. 24 Jack Knife Safety. $4.00. This pen has a splendid easy writing, No. 4 gold pen of any desired flexibility. Regular length or Baby size as preferred. Holds a liberal supply of ink and Is very popular, Cut slightly larger than the actual size of this pen.
No. 25 Jack Knife Safety. $5.00. This is the largest Safety we make at present, except on special orders. A magnificent pen, fitted with geld pen No. 5. Cut somewhat larger than actual size.
No. 14 Jack Knife Safety, Sterling Silver Mountings, $5.00.
No. 16 Jack Knife Safety. Rolled Gold Mountings. $6.00. This beautiful little pen is a source of admiration and delight to many. Ladies find this very convenient and dainty. It is fitted with a little ring fastened to end of cap so it may be suspended by a chain. Both No. 14 and No. 16 can be had in baby and regular sizes at the same price. The regular size does not have the ring.
No. 20 Jack Knife Safety. One Gold Band, $3.00. Two Gold Bands. $3.50. This pen with the gold band makes a very rich and artistic number. In ordering do not fail to designate whether fountain is to be fitted with one or two gold bands. Any safety pen can be had with either one or two gold bands by adding 50¢ to the regular price for one gold band and $1.00 for two gold bands.
We have just added two fancies now numbers to our Jack Knife line, but which we are not able to illustrate here. Their descriptions are given below,
No. 45 Jack Knife Safety Pen, $6.50. This follows closely the general design of our regular No. 45, but the size is that of No. 20 Jack Knife. Corrugated Pearl! slabs of varying styles and colors are held in place by decorative gold bands. The cap is plain black, but mounted at the end with a pearl crown or a fancy stone setting (imitation amethyst, emerald, ruby, etc.)
No. 15 Jack Knife Safety Pen, $7.00. Very similar in style to our regular No. 15, but the size Is the same as No. 20 Jack Knife. Different varieties of pearl slabs are used, and these are held in place by gold bands. The cap is covered with the same neat gold filigree that is used on No. 15. Space on cap for engraving name of owner. An exquisite pen bound to please.
Parker pen No. 45. Price $6.50. As a moderate priced gift pen this cannot be equaled either in quality or design at the price. Mounted with corrugated pearl in either plain white or colored. Pearl crown. Decorated with three gold bands which also holds pearl in place.
No. 46. Price $10.00. This dainty pen is of course designed for the American Queen, the wife, daughter, sister, mother or sweetheart of any American man, The cut can but suggest the delicacy and beauty of this superb number, The cap and bands are gold covered, Space on cap for engraving owner’s name.
No. 47. Price $10.00. There is no question but what the above cut illustrates one of the most beautiful pens to be had anywhere; gold bands hold pearl in place. Cap covered with super 18K gold plate in a beautiful floral design. Note the graceful lines of the pearl mounting. Space on cap blank for engraving owner’s name,
No. 50. Price $5.00. Simple, neat and attractive, barrel perfectly plain, cap crowned with white surrounded by gold band. A dignified yet rich looking pen that is highly prized by many.
Parker pen No. 51. Price $3.50. This is very plain with a single gold or silver ornament in center of barrel for name plate. It Is so odd and yet so unique that it has already become a decided favorite.
No. 52 With Sterling Hammered Silver Swastika Design. Price $12.00. Something entirely new, The hammered effect gives it a look very different from anything shown heretofore. A beautiful two compartment leather, plush lined box given with this pen.
No. 53. Price $15.00. 18 Karat Gold Covered. This is also of the Swastika design of good luck. Barrel has the appearance of old gold in timelines and ridges. A perfect beauty. As a present for a young lady or as a birthday or holiday present for either sex, it would be treasured. Beautiful two compartment leather box, plush lined, without extra charge.
Shorthand Pen, $4.00. Here is a pen which is made after the specification of one of the leading shorthand writers of the country. The pen is short, clastic, and practically without “set”. It will write if held on the paper simply by its own weight. We have sold many hundreds of these pens to shorthand writers all over the country. This pen can be furnished with thicker barrel than one shown in cut, but most writers of shorthand like a thin barrel and large pen. One prominent shorthand school in Chicago has purchased several hundred of these pens alone.
PARKER FOUNTAIN PEN CAPS WITH THE COLORED CROWN.
The three pens shewn below are fitted with colored crowns on the caps. We can furnish these or any other plain fountain pen with crowns in almost any color or any combination of the colors desired. The customer can have the colors of his school, fraternity, or society on his fountain pen. In stores, offices and other places where several have fountain pens the colored crown can also be used to identify a pen from among those belonging to others in case mislaid. Regular colors in stock— White, Dark Red, Light Yellow, Purple, Green, Blue, Brown, and Black. Fitted with one color the additional retail cost of any Parker fountain pen is only 10c. Two colors increase the retail cost of the pen by 25c.
No. 20½ Parker Pen, $2.50. With Cap with one colored crown $2.60. Two colors, $2.75.
No. 24½ Parker Self Filler. $4.00. With “Cap with one Colored Crown,” $4.10. Two Colors, $4.25.
No 21½ Parker Pen, $3.50. With “Cap with one Colored Crown.” $3.60. Two Colors, $3.75.
PARKER DE LUXE FOUNTAIN PENS.
You will find described here four numbers that go to make up the series of special solid gold fountain pens that are without question unsurpassed for beauty of design and exquisite workmanship. These pens are carried in stock and are particularly appropriate for presentation purposes.
For a wedding, birthday or Christmas present one of these pens would prove a splendid and welcome gift, bringing lasting pleasure to recipient, and would be a life-long reminder of the donor.
One of these pens would make a fitting testimonial of esteem and regard for some honored member of a society, public official or royal personage. In point of elegance, refinement and good taste nothing could serve this purpose to better advantage.
Parker pen No. AX. A most pleasing design in hand-chased engraving with floral figure as principal motif. Made in 14k solid sold and fitted with a No. 4 gold pen of superior writing qualities. A scroll effect is used in the center of the barrel so as to serve as a name plate in which to engrave the name of the owner and date of presentation also if desired. Comes in a genuine Morocco gift box. Price $60.00.
Parker pen No. BX. This style is unique, having antique gold background effect with intertwined leaves and vines standing out in bas-relief. Small, precious stones including pearls, emeralds, rubies, garnets, etc., are effectively used to add a further degree of elegance. In the center is arranged a small panel for engraving the name of the owner. A beautiful two compartment box is included with this pen. Price $75.00.
Parker pen No. CX. Similar in style to No. BX, but with a pronounced floral design, which shows up in more accentuated raised work. The little gems used at different points lend additional attractiveness to this superb pen. Space is reserved to engrave the name of the owner. You could hardly conceive a more beautiful pen than is this. Complete with individual Morocco box. Price $85.00.
Parker pen No. DX. Simple in design, refined in appearance and of a dainty, serviceable size, making it altogether a most acceptable gift for a lady. Made in 14k solid gold and with a beautiful satin finish. Ten small! sparkling diamonds are used as centers of the floral figures that constitute the essential part of the design. Two spaces, one on the barrel and one on the cap, are so utilized in the decorative scheme as to be especially suitable for the customary engraving of the owner’s name and date presented. A special two compartment leather box accompanies this pen. Price $100.00.
Special designs for pens made to order can be had at varying prices, $75.00, $100.00, $150.00 upward, depending on the intricacy of the design and kind of settings employed.
THE PEN OF ALL PENS.
It’s the magnificent $250.00 Parker Lucky Curve Fountain Pen.
Just think, a fountain pen for $250.00. Nothing of the kind has ever approached the splendor and artistic achievement found in this pen. It’s made of solid gold and studded with precious gems. In the cap is set a large diamond of dazzling brilliancy which scintillates in his liquid like beauty.
The smaller stones, consisting of diamonds, rubies, etc., are so utilized as to fit in perfectly with the raised figures in the design. These goods being all handmade, no two are exactly alike and the making Is the handwork of the most highly skilled artisans. A natural query. Do we expect to sell them? Most assuredly we do and are.
It is not that this $250.00 diamond set pen will write any better than our $2.50 pen, for it will not. But then the $2.50 pen is plain—without ornate settings or mountings. There are many wealthy people who would not hesitate to pay $250.00 for a fountain pen if it just struck their fancy. And besides, what more presentation gift could be a bride, some honored member organization, a statesman, or of exalted rank.
Only last year we made to special order a costly, bejeweled pen for the King of Wurttemberg.
The little City of Warsaw, Illinois, purchased one of our expensive made to order pens for a gift to the Hon. William Jennings Bryan.
One of these beautiful pens is displayed for sale at our New York Retail Store, 11 Park Row, and has been the occasion for the warmest admiration and much comment.
If some special insignia or other figure is desired for the raised gold work, we will be glad to specially design a pen to order.
THIS IS HOW THE PARKER LUCKY CURVE MAKES THE PARKER CLEANLY.
Look at this illustration at the left—you’ve seen this inky accident happen often—perhaps it has happened to you. The cap full of ink when you take it off to write—inky fingers, soiled linen—it’s a common occurrence with common fountain pens—in fact, with every fountain pen except the Parker. It’s a seemingly little difference in the ink feed that makes the Parker proof against these irrigating ink accidents.
These common pens that ink your fingers and soil your linen when you remove the cap to write all have straight ink feeds. Straight ink feeds retain ink after you have returned the pen to your pocket. Then when air is expanded in the ink reservoir by the heat of your body the ink that is sticking in the straight ink feed is forced out into the cap, where you find it ready to ink your fingers and soil your linen the next time you remove the cap to write.
But the curved ink feed—the Lucky Curve of the Parker— is self-draining. The Lucky Curve just touches the inside wall of the reservoir, and as soon as you stop writing, capillary attraction drains the ink feed free of ink. No ink in the ink feed—none can be forced into the cap. That’s why you will never ink your fingers, soil your linen or need to wipe off the barrel before using if your fountain pen is a Parker—the only pen with a self-draining ink feed, the Lucky Curve. And no other pen has any device imitating or replacing the Lucky Curve.
In 1910 two new models were supplied with a good luck symbol design, as it was the Swastika. A good luck symbol from millennia Indian Sanskrit culture. These fountain pens were finished in a sterling hammered overlay, model #52, for $12.00, and the #53 Swastika furnished in 18k gold overlay for $15.00.
Awanyu Aztec. The design features an 18k gold filled surface delicately hammered by hand with symbols and the head of an Aztec Indian depicted on the barrel and cap. The fountain pen was manufactured in sterling silver – model 59 – for $ 16.00. Model 60 in 18k gold was $ 20.00. There are «half» versions -models 57 and 58-, with the caps in exposed hard rubber crowned by a band with Aztec motifs in silver and gold, respectively, at the price of $ 10.00 and $ 12.00.
In the same year Parker offered the Level-Lock Clip, “the clip that disappears”. It is visible above the surface of the cap only when the cap is over the pen point end, when on the other end of the fountain it drops out of sight and nothing but a neat little nickel name plate is visible. When placing the cap over the pen point the pen cannot catch on the clip because it is made so as to make it impossible to do so, yet the nozzle automatically pushes the clip in position when cap is over pen. The retail price was 25c in addition to the price of the regular pen.
In this year was cataloged Jack Knife Safety #49 furnished overlay 18 k. gold cap and barrel with deep lines engraved effect and beautiful floral designs on top and bottom of them. It was $10.00. There are two other versions; no. 48 with the exception there is no engraving on its holder at price of $8.00 and no. 55, same as this but finished in silver at $7.00.
Full-Length Safeties. This year Parker have now done; all of the regular safety styles may now be supplied with regular length barrels.
In 1912 Parker introduced mod. #39, a magnificent pen with a cap and barrel covered with an 18K heavy gold plate. Its price was $20.00. Beautifully worked with a pattern of forget-me-nots, each set with semi-precious stones and pearls. The end of the cap was made flat, so it can be engraved for a seal. There is a second version, mod. #54, without stones, at the price of $12.00.
Nos. 18 to 28, inclusive may be had in jointless style without extra charge, when so ordered.
Adding the fraction ½ to the model, any of the Self Filling pens may be had with fancy chased barrels without extra charge when so ordered.
No. 20. Price $2.50. Screw Joint. Same as No. 18, except it has a larger pen and holder. Made with smooth or threaded end where fingers grasp the fountain. One of the most popular numbers Parker make. Can be supplied in either black or mottled rubber. Fine, medium, coarse or stub pen as wanted. No. 020 Jointless, same size and price as No. 20.
Parker no. 20½, Chased, Price $2.50. This is the same size as No. 20. The only exception is the fancy chasing on the barrel and cap. Fountain is fitted with gold pen of any elasticity and in fine, medium or stub point.
No. 21½. Price $3.50. as no. 21 with exception of the chasing on barrel and cap. Can be supplied in regular and Ladies’ size.
No. 23½, Chased. Price $3.00. It is practically the No. 23 but with beautifully chased barrel and cap. It is particularly suitable for a lady’s pen and can be furnished in a smaller sized barrel than regular, if desired.
No. 24 Falcon. Price $4,00. Screw Joint. Fitted with a gold Pen, which is an exact duplicate of the steel Falcon nib. The instantaneous favor into which this pen has sprung would indicate that there are many waiting for and wanting just such a pen. We have them in exceptionally fine points, medium, coarse, or even stub.
No. 24½, Chased. Price $4.00. Same description given no. 23½ will apply to this pen, with exception of the size. In size it is a duplicate of No. 24; a size larger than no. 23.
Parker no. 25. Price $5.00. Screw Joint. If you prefer writing with a large fountain pen, you will find No. 25 the one to choose. Holds a liberal supply of ink and is equipped with splendid No. 5 gold pen of superior writing qualities that you can only secure in larger gold pens.
Parker no. 28. Price $7.00. It is put out in response to a demand for «one of the largest pens you make.» The barrel is not very much larger than No. 25, but the pen is no. 8.
Adding the fraction ½ to the model, any of the Self Filling pens may be had with fancy chased barrels without extra charge when so ordered.
Full-Length Safeties. This year Parker have now done; all of safety styles may now be had with regular length barrels.
Any Jack Knife pen can be had with either one or two gold bands by adding 50c to the regular price for one gold band and $1.00 for two gold bands.
Parker no. 31 Sterling Silver. Price $7.50. This a large size fountain pen covered with Sterling Sliver. Space on name plate on which to engrave your name. The richness and refined elegance represented in this pen is apparent.
No. 31. New Spiral Design. Price $7.50. This cut shows another form of the regular no. 31 and we can furnish this pen in several patterns: filigree work, solid silver.
No. 33. Gold. Price $5,50. This pen is our leader for the new styles. It is certainly the biggest value ever put into a pen retailing for less than $6.00. Neat, tasty, and a real beauty. No. 34, same design in sterling silver. Price $4.00.
No. 35. Gold. Gentlemen’s Size, Price $10.00. Barrel and cap entirely covered with heavy 18k plate which will last for a lifetime. A magnificent creation. The delicate beauty of the handwork done on this cannot be appreciated until seen. Surely, a finer present of this kind than this could hardly be devised.
The Parkers Snakes. No. 37 Sterling Silver. Price, $8.00. This odd and fantastic design is of a snake’s body. The eyes are set with green stones. Certainly, a unique covering for a fountain pen. No. 38 Gold, price $10.00.
No. 41. Price $8.50. This is a gentleman’s pen. Large barrel and covered with gold filigree work of beautiful design. For father or brother, an ideal present.
No. 42½, Price $4.50. This pen represents a rather new departure in pen decoration. Neat, simple and el eant. Blank space on gold band iIn center for name.
Parker no. 43. Gold. Price $10.00. Holder comparatively small, cap and barrel covered with dull finish, 18k plate. Modest and rich. with a style all its own. For a young lady, a more pleasing pen could hardly be selected.
No. 44. Price $8 .00. Same as No. 43, except mountings sterling silver.
No. 45. Price $6.50. New this season and has already proven to be a great favorite. Corrugated or plain pearl slab in either plain white or colors. Pearl crown also. Decorated with three gold bands which also holds pearl in place.
No. 46. Price $10.00. This dainty delicate pen is of course designed for the American Queen, the wife, daughter, sister, or sweetheart of any American man. The cut suggests the delicacy and beauty of this superb piece of workmanship. Space on cap left blank for engraving owner’s name.
No. 47. Price $10.00. We can safely say no more beautiful pen of this kind was eyer made. Gold bands on either end of barrel to hold the pearl slabs in place. Please note the enlarged pearl barrel, a new design. Cap covered with beautiful mounting 18k fine floral design. Space on cap left blank for engraving owner’s name.
No. 48. Price $8.00. 14K gold plate, plain barrel. A very beautiful pen. Rich in the extreme.
No. 49. Price $10.00. Same description as No. 48, only the holder of this pen is deeply engraved with lined effect and scroll work on both top and bottom of cap and barrel. This pen makes an especially beautiful one if ordered in the smaller or lady’s size. Its daintiness makes it an especially desirable pen to purchase as a gift for a lady.
Parker no. 50. Price $5.00. Simple, neat and attractive, barrel perfectly plain, cap crowned with white surrounded by gold band.
Parker no. 52 with Sterling hammered silver Swastika design. Price $12.00. Something entirely new. The hammered effect gives it a look quite different from anything shown heretofore. A beautiful two-compartment, leather, plush lined box given with this pen. No. 53 —same pattern in 18K gold plate, $15.00.
No. 57. Awanyu. Hammered Silver. Price $10.00. The owner of this pen will have something entirely different from the ordinary every day looking. Same pattern gold filled No. 58, $12.00. “Everyone who sees the pen with the strange, mythical characters on it becomes interested at once. It’s a wonderful pen to have in stock as an advertisement alone or to interest possible buyers”
Parker no. 60. The New Awanyu Design. 18K Gold Filled. Price $20.00. Awanyu Aztec Indian design. Design hundreds of years old, but recently discovered by Archeologists. Awanyu means the giver of life and the good that all hope may be their lot. The goldsmith who worked on this design has succeeded beyond our anticipation. Price, solid silver, no. 59, $16.00.
Parker Emblem Pens. We are prepared to supply the Parker Pen with the emblem of almost any of the more prominent orders. The emblem is on solid (not plated) gold band. Makes a fine present for some secret order man. Prices $ 12 .00 each tor K. of P., of C., I. O. O. F., Elks, Blue Lodge Chapter, Shrine, Knight Temple, and others.
The Red Giant pen is an eyedropper filler made in hard rubber, furnished with a slip cap and joint threaded section, and very approximate measurements of 148 mm long capped with a diameter cap 19 mm. The Parker Giants is not made as a self-filler owing to its extraordinary ink carrying capacity and infrequent need of filling.
Shorthand Pen, $4.00. This pen is made after the specification of one of the leading shorthand writers of the country. The pen is short, elastic and practically without ‘‘set.” It will be writing if hold on the paper simply by its own weight. This pen can be furnished with thicker barrel, but most writers of shorthand like a thin barrel and large pen.
Bookkeeper’s Special no. 100. Price $6.00. Here is something designed, especially for bookkeepers. It is a double fountain pen, one end for black ink, and the other for red. The Ink reservoir for the red ink is mottled red, which briefly indicates the color of ink in that barrel. The other end of the fountain is black, which also indicates the color of ink therein. Every bookkeeper who has seen and tried this is simply delighted with it. The fountain pen can be disjointed, if desired, thus making two complete fountains, in which event they could be ordinarily carried in the pocket.
In 1909 Parker offered a new design looking at the niche market of «students are loyal to their school and college colors». It was called «The Cap with the Colored Crown». The end of the cap was fitted with a little crown to match the Class or College colors. It could be furnished in red, white, green, orange, and purple and harmonize beautifully with the rich polished black of the fountain pen. Parker adapted to this segment the existing models no. 20½ and 21½ priced $ 2.50 and $ 3.50, respectively. They also adapted the model no. 24 «click filler» at $ 4.00. The crown with only one color was 10c extra, two colors 25c extra, and 35c three colors.
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