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Posted by Dirck on 20 September, 2013

Not at all by design, I find today’s final installment is an all-Parker parade.  In the prefatory act of cut & paste:  the deadline remains the same– act before Tuesday 24 September, or seek them on my Etsy site and pay more for shipping.  Repeating yesterday’s explanation;  until this coming Tuesday, these items are only available to readers here, and there’s a $10 discount on shipping (which I’ll go into below).  Come the 24th, these things go onto Etsy, and a slightly wider slice of humanity gets a run at them.  If there’s any left.  To get at them, go to the official spam-guardian of my site and send me a message that way; first come, first grab, as is ever the way.

Parker 25 CLAIMED:

It's not much better with the top on.

It’s not much better with the top on.

This is much less of a steel pig-tail than when it came my way.

This is much less of a steel pig-tail than when it came my way.

Parker 0224wsMy Parker 25 and I have never really been cordial; mutual tolerance is all that has even grown between us, and my problem is founded entirely on looks.  I do value the lessons I learned through the deformities of point and clogs of feed it had when it arrived, and that it is now a fully functioning pen again is less testament to my skill than its durability in the face of gross neglect – $15

Parker 95:

As the valley girls said when this thing was new-- tubular!

As the valley girls said when this thing was new– tubular!

Parker 0431p

Parker 0431wsI should be selling an Arrow rather than this 95, since one of my few stated goals in collecting is to have one of every post-war numbered Parker.  However, I’m a little fonder of the flighter finish on my Arrow and I hesitate to offer my dear readers the perils of the Arrow’s jagged clip, so this is the one that hits the auction block.  It is actually a really clean example of the breed, and if I were one of those wretched eBay selling types who practiced upon such things, I might go so far as to call it “near mint”; it’s not, though, as it has seen plenty of use in my hands and likely previous to arriving here.  Which means the buyer shouldn’t hesitate to use it too – $47

Parker 51 CLAIMED:

No blue in the diamond; this is arguably correct in a 1945 clip.

Filler is present.  Also functional, although the picture can't reveal that.

Filler is present. Also functional, although the picture can’t reveal that.

This is a misleading picture.  Please read below.

This is a misleading picture. Please read below.

Parker 0221wsThis 1945 example is my first Parker “51” with a Vacumatic filler, and it has been long enough since I did it that I’m replacing the diaphragm with a fresh one before I send it to anyone.  I got a pretty good deal on it because the cap had once been personalized, and then someone thought to get rid of the personalization with… probably a knife.  The misleading picture shows the results of me trying without a proper sand/soda-blasting right to reduce the ugly effects of the improperly done removal, and it suggests I was rather more successful than is the case.  It’s not shocking, but it’s also not anywhere near perfection.  A more user-grade “51” is hard to imagine – $55

Parker Slimfold:

The filler is stained, but they're sort of an Appaloosa pattern.

The filler is stained, but they’re sort of an Appaloosa pattern.

Parker 0443p

I've got to some effort to make the crack visible in this shot, to balance the "51" cap above

I’ve got to some effort to make the crack visible in this shot, to balance the “51” cap above

Parker 0443wsThe smallest of the UK Duofold family, this is a pretty complete example of the breed.  That includes the rather stereotype crack of the cap lip; I’ve solvent-welded the crack together, but it is still visible (although less obviously than in the photo).  The point is springy, which frequently leads people into trying these pens for flex.  This one is not flexible, and probably won’t thank you if you try to force it– the previous owner did, and I got a tine-realignment challenge out of the deal – $37

Parker 15 (Proteus Package!!):

Parker 2X15

Parker 0096wsI once had two of these pens, but I sent the section of one away to someone in need.  What I have now is one pen with a spare suit.  It’s not one of Parker’s grandest achievements, but it’s a pleasant little pen to use and having a body for it one doesn’t mind subjecting to peril is liberating.  The clip of the Flighter costume is as pitted as you think it is from the picture; it’s possible (and relatively easy) to sway clips from one to the other, if that’s what would please – $25

That’s it!  No more installments in this sale, so if you’ve been restraining yourself to see what’s ahead, let go of the leash– that’s all there is.

On Shipping:(which if you read yesterday’s, you’ll recognize for a mere cut’n’paste job…twice)

Remembering that I’m taking $10 off; these are the UNDISCOUNTED prices– inside Canada, Expresspost is $15, which is insured and tracked.  To the US, Tracked Packet (which has $100 insurance built in) is $17;  if you’re buying a whole lotta pens and want more insurance, we’d have to take a step up to Expedited Parcel which is $22 plus $2 for every hundred in insurance above $100.  Outside of Canada, we start to run into problems; untracked Small Packet Air are (using the UK as an example, but it’s not much more to Australia) $10, but you’re taking the risk on your own head because all I can produce is a receipt saying I paid for SOMETHING to be sent SOMEWHERE.  To get tracking and insurance, there’s International Parcel-Surface for $40 or Tracked Packet for $47, with the same $2 increments for extra insurance; more certain, but certainly expensive.

Also, because I’m dribbling this out in installments, I won’t insist on immediate payment.  If you want something here, and have some notion you might like something in a subsequent dose (I expect to have two more entries like this), I will hold for you until all is revealed.  However, that request to hold should be understood as a binding commitment, so don’t ask me to hold something you maybe possibly want unless something better appears.

Today’s pen, which is mine, you can’t have it: Parker “51″
Today’s ink: Herbin Vert Empire

4 Responses to “Parkerpalooza”

  1. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, I’ve never been a real big Parker fan. I like the 51, and I like some of the older Duofolds, but that’s about it. Having said that, your offerings here are quite nice and I’m sure their new owners will be quite pleased.

    • In a matter of mere preference, there’s never a wrong. I’m slightly surprised at how drawn I am to Parkers, having been raised on Sheaffer, but the heart has reasons the wit wots not of (or something like that). I received a mild rebuke for my own subjective problem with the 25 from the person who claimed it, and I accept it with a free conscience because we’re both, from our own perspective, right.

      Sometime, though, before the power to do so fails you, you should push a Parker 75 around a piece of paper. The buzz about them is justified.

  2. […] day of the sale!  I’d come up with some ingenuous exhortation in the direction of acquisitiveness, but […]

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