Parker Date-Codes Reference

Dating parker vacumatic pens

New Old Stock examples can

They actually resemble the Parker Vacumatic clips in use at the time. Model identification guide under construction iterary hundreds of different Vacumatic models exist. Jump to summary chart For those of us concerned with when a pen was made, Parker is the sweetest of all makers, in that many of their pen actually have a date printed right on them. Right Oblique has the largest surface on right sided of point. Modern pens are much more likely to present their codes, but their codes are less easily understood.

In the second quarter of this system was however changed to save production time, and a new date code, using a system of dots, was adopted. They can be easily distinguished from later production by several unique characteristics.

The first date codes cameAn other thing to not getNot only the year but

The first date codes, found for example on the Vacumatics, consists of two digits, the first one denoting the quarter of production, the second denoting the production year. In the second quarter of this system was however changed to save production time and a new date code, using a system of dots was adopted. The models did however differ and this guide will help You differentiate between them.

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They dent easily and can get corroded and pitted. Probably an experiment by Parker, most likely given to employees to test.

And even if Your pen has lost it's imprint this guide will help You to narrow it down a bit. Dating is rather simple, since most Vacs have a date code engraved on the body. New Old Stock examples can be found with correct plastic filler, and some may have been switched as the result of a repair. Not only the year, but which quarter of the year, will appear, giving a very clear sense of just how old the pen is.

First quarter, This single digit code persisted until the end of the s, when a second digit appeared. This Model Identification guide is in no way a complete recapitulation of all these models. The stamp initially had three dots and for each quarter one dot was filed down leaving none for the fourth quarter. Another explanation may be that they were never dated or that the datecode wore off on most instances the datecode is lightly imprinted to begin with.

But for all general purposes the models are the same. While modern Parkers that follow this practice mark only the barrel or cap of the pen, vintage pens generally have a code on the barrel and on the point. Some of these pens will incorporate early production materials, such as the caps and speedline filler.

Parker Vacumatic Dating Codes - Parker - The Fountain Pen Network

Dating is rather simple since

The first date codes came in two digits, where the first digit denoted the quarter and the second the year. An other thing to not get too concerned about is finding a pen has lost its code. It seems as it Parker ran out of cap jewels first, and continued production with whatever was available.

One generally takes the barrel as definitive of the age of the pen as a unit, since caps, barrels and blind caps were usually all made together, and swapping tends to show. Another identification aid can be the filler unit. It is completely devoid of any markings. Both methods allowed for the same subtractive changes to the dies responsible for the impressions.

There are some transitional models, with metal speedline fillers in the rounded plastic blind caps. On very early examples, the filler will not have the diamond struck at the end of the brass button. As they wore, and due to the softness of the material, they became shiny and lost the machining lines. It should be noted that dating a pen by the nib can be very innacurate, as it is the most often replaced part on a pen.