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June 09, 2015

Parker Model Numbers, 2


, the second series.

[Posted on L&P on Oct 19, and 22, 2006, Sept 29, 2007, and expanded and revised in 2015.]
        My first thread on L&P,
“Vintage Pen Repair Tools”, was about a box of pen repair shop tools and parts that I found in 1993.  I wrote mostly about the pen repair tools, but I also mentioned that there were “long pen boxes and envelopes full of mint repair parts...straight from the various pen company repair-part departments, some in little envelopes with the part numbers written on them”.  There are surviving Parker Repair Parts Price Lists from 1937, 1939, 1942, 1944, 1948, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, and 1980, but only the ones from 1944 and on use the same type of part numbers.
        These Parker part numbers usually take the form xxx-xxx, with two three-digit numbers separated by a dash.  I figured out that the first three digits stand for the pen model, and the second three digits stand for the type of part.  Hence, the number 295-165 stands for the Parker 51 nib, and 760-270 stands for the Parker 45 nib unit assembly.  The earliest model number I could find on my envelopes was 221, which was for a Sub-Deb Vac clip, and later models had numbers such as 411 for the Junior Vac, and 343, 601, and 626, all for the Parker 51, 410 for the Televisor and the Junior Vac, 576 for the Parker 21 pencil, 607 and 615 for the Parker 21 pen, 620 for the Jotter ballpoint, 626 for the Parker Super 21, 653 for Parker 61, 673 for the Parker 41, 809 for 

the Eversharp Super E, and 840 for the Parker 19.
        In the early, pre-Duofold era, the model numbers seemed to refer to one model, but with many styles allowed within that number, and in the later period, there were many style numbers involved in the make-up of one model.  It wasn’t just a model number, but was also a style, and finish number, so in some earlier versions of these lists I had taken to calling them “Model And Style Numbers”.  Some early models were available as eyedroppers and self fillers, in long and short versions, with turban top and safety caps, and in the baby size, and the filling system, size of nib, and type of cap didn’t matter to the number.  And the later models were sometimes put together using some minor parts from several existing earlier models as well as some major parts from a new number.  You’ll see what I mean when you look at the price lists.


        I still need to fill in the numbers for the pens from the late 1920s and 30s, but I’ll take anything.  It all helps for cross-referencing purposes.  For instance, the 1958 and 1960 repair parts manuals still have some parts for Vacs listed because they were re-used on the early models of the 51s.  And many parts, such as bushing rings and cap-jewel screws, etc., were re-used on many different models, so it’s as if some pen parts were cross-pollinated.  There is no single number for most of the later pens.  I don’t know whether the model numbers lasted until the Parker 75, and I’m curious to find out when the numbering system petered out, and when it was discontinued.  By the time of the 1980 parts price list, the part numbers had been transformed into double-hyphenated, 7-digit numbers that started with a single digit followed by two triplets, like so, x-xxx-xxx.
        The 1948 parts price list is the first one to partially bridge the gap between the early pens and the later pens through the Duofolds and the Vacumatics.  It was only because these pens were still being used by some diehards that Parker had to continue to make parts with which to service and repair them.  Here’s a picture of General MacArthur
still using a Duofold in 1945, his wife’s Red Duofold Junior.  The 1948 list also makes it explicit that the replacement part numbers for the Duofold nibs and feeds are actually the part numbers for the Senior Vac Maxima arrow nibs and comb feeds, minus the tube in the Vac feed assemblies.
        But where were the model numbers for the Duofolds, Patricians,
Pastels, Moires, Vacumatics, Challengers, and the various depression pens?  Perhaps there were none.  There are three lists from this free-for-all period of the 1920s and 1930s that were pointed out to me by three separate pen researchers.  John Danza brought to my attention a group of model numbers for #20 and #23 Jack Knife Safety Button-Filler and Eyedropper pens and matching mechanical pencils.  The numbers are from the 1921 Parker catalogue, and they are a sparse, sporadic series of about 40 numbers scattered between 101 and 516 for the different types of gold, or silver, or plated overlays.  But the numbers don’t seem to fit in to any kind of scheme but their own.  Derek Lepper posted a list of Parker Duofold catalogue numbers, but these were just the color designations from the 1927-29 catalogues.  I have seen similar lists of numbers for Duofolds, Challengers, and Vacumatics, but Derek’s list adds the True Blue and Depression pen numbers as well.  It must be some sort of separate numbering scheme used in the wholesale catalogues sent out to the dealers.  This catalogue numbering system constitutes yet another numbering scheme from this period that is not compatible with the other two major numbering schemes, which still seem to me like they could be continuous and compatible with one another.  Where the early model numbers leave off, the later parts numbers seem to pick up and carry on.  Well, it seemed so until I saw the two lists that I got from Daniel Zazove, a Parker Pen Co. Model Identification” list for Duofolds, Vacumatics, Sacless Duofolds, and Challengers, and a Vacumatics list from 1944.  Both of these lists start again at number 1, for both the Duofolds and the Vacs.  They reuse the numbers up to 100, and then go past that sequence into the 400s, plus a few more numbers in the 1100s and the 1300s.  They were Parker’s numbering systems to keep the different styles and colors straight for their dealers, but they were not part of a larger model numbering scheme, and they were not compatible with the other two schemes.
        So instead I dug further into the repair lists.  At first it seemed that the second series started with some repetitions of a few of the two-digit numbers in the first series.  But if you add the number “1” in front of them, they fit into the 100s in the second scheme almost perfectly, and seem to partially bridge the gap.  I say “almost” because there’s only one conflict, between the numbers 88 and 188, so the number “1” can’t be added in front.
        The problem with a Grand Unification Theory is this crossover period of the Duofolds and the Vacs and the depression pens.  I haven’t found any suitable, or compatible numbers with which to fill in this gap, and I can safely say the two major numbering schemes are not compatible and will never be reconciled.  Since I first started the list, I have divided it permanently into two parts, the First Series, and the Second Series.  The second series could also be called The Modern Numbers.  This is an attempt to see whether I can put together a complete list of the numbers from 1 to 1000, a much expanded and revised version of the second series of Parker model numbers.  This is just an interim list, and I have made many changes to it already, so remember that it might already be outdated and full of mistakes.  Here is the second series.


The Second Series.

 01  Vacumatic Juniorette, lock-type filler, GF & chrome, & Lady Slender Vac, section & feed
 03  Vacumatic Junior, lock-type filler, metal plunger
 04  Vacumatic Junior Standard, lock-type filler, metal plunger, GF or chrome
 05  Vacumatic Debutante, chrome blind cap band
 09  Lady Slender Vacumatic, Juniorette, lock type, lock-type filler, GF or chrome clip
 10  Lady Duofold streamlined pen, GF trim
 30  Duofold Junior streamlined pen, GF trim
 42  Vacumatic Senior Maxima, Junior, Juniorette, clip screw & bushing, GF blind cap band
 45  Vacumatic Senior Maxima, Junior, chrome blind cap band
 51  Vacumatic Major & Parker 51 clip jewel screw
 70  Duofold Senior streamlined pen, GF trim
 74  Vacumatic Major, Junior, Juniorette, Lady, Challenger, 51, lock-type filler, metal plunger
 75  Vacumatic Juniorette, GF blind cap band
 84  Vacumatic Senior Maxima pen, GF trim, lock-type filler, metal plunger
 85  Vacumatic Senior Maxima pen, chrome trim, lock-type filler, & Vacumatic Junior blind cap
 88  Vacumatic Junior with GF trim, lock-type filler, metal plunger
125  Lady Royal Challenger, Lady Deluxe Challenger, clip screw
182  Lady Royal Challenger, blind cap screw
183  Lady Royal Challenger, GF blind cap band
188  Lady Deluxe Challenger pen, GF and chrome trim
190  Junior Deluxe Challenger pen, GF and chrome trim
195  Imperial Vacumatic Major, Major Vac, Sacless Duofold, section, blind cap, clip
196  Vacumatic Major pen with GF trim, cap, clip, feed & tube assembly
197  Vacumatic Senior Maxima pen with GF trim, cap, clip, feed & tube assembly
198  Imperial Vacumatic Major pen with chrome trim, cap, clip
199  Vacumatic Major pen with chrome trim, cap, clip
200  Vacumatic Senior Maxima pen with chrome trim
214  Sections and blind caps, for various Lady Challengers and Lady Sac Duofolds
215  Sections, feeds, and blind caps, for various Jr. Challengers and Jr. Sac Duofolds
220  Vac Deb, Sub-Deb, GF trim, Imperial Vac Deb, Lady & Jr. Sacless Duofold, feed, section, cap
221  Vacumatic Debutante, or Sub-Debutante pens, GF trim [or 421 ?]
222  Vacumatic Debutante & Sub-Deb pen with chrome trim, Lustraloy cap, GF clip
223  Sub-Debutante pens, chrome trim
224  Junior Vacumatic, Junior Sacless Duofold, section, feed & tube assembly
235  Lady Royal Challenger pen, GF trim
236  Lady Royal Challenger pen, chrome trim
264  Lady Challenger pen, GF trim, Lady Sac Duofold, blind cap
265  Junior Challenger pen, GF trim, Junior Sac Duofold, barrel, blind cap
268  Lady Sac Duofold pen, GF trim
270  Junior Sac Duofold pen, GF trim
272  Lady Sac Duofold pen, chrome trim
273  Junior Sac Duofold pen, chrome trim
274  Junior Royal Challenger pen, chrome trim
276  Junior Royal Challenger pen, GF trim
292  Junior Challenger pen, chrome trim
293  Lady Challenger pen, chrome trim
295  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Signet Type, cap, barrel, nib, feed, collector, shroud
299  Parker 51 Vac-Fil optional Lustraloy cap and clip
302  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, optional Signet GF cap and clip
303  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, optional ? GF cap and clip
305  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen & pencil, Heirloom yellow gold cap, clip, blind cap band, pencil point
309  Junior Sac Duofold, section
316  Vacumatic, Vac-Fil Type 51 barrels, Sacless Duofold, extended-type filler, Lustraloy cap, clip
317  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, optional ? GF cap and clip
318  Parker 51 Vac-Fil optional lined green gold cap, clip, and pencil point
324  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Lustraloy cap with GF clip
326  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pens and pencils, Lustraloy cap and clip
327  Parker 51 Vac-Fil Standard and Demi pens and pencils, Lustraloy clip
328  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pens and pencils, Regular GF cap and clip
330  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Signet, Insignia, GF cap and clip, long arrow
331  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Heritage, GF cap and clip, long arrow
333  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, with Regular lined GF cap
334  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, optional GF cap, groups of engraved lines
335  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Signet GF cap
336  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Heritage yellow and green gold cap
337  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Heirloom yellow and green gold cap
341  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Lustraloy cap with Lustraloy clip
343  Parker 51, Parker 51 Special inner cap, and VS barrel, blind cap, section, feed, etc.
347  Parker VS pen and pencil, Lustraloy cap and clip
348  Parker VS pen and pencil, Regular GF cap and clip
365  Parker 51 Vac Type, Vac-Fil desk pen barrel, and barrel taper, or “Magic Wand”
370  Imperial Vacumatic Major pen and pencil, GF cap and trim
384  Parker 51 Vac-Fil Lustraloy standard size
388  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pencil, Heirloom, yellow gold cap, clip
399  Junior Vacumatic pen and pencil, extended-type filler, chrome trim
400  Imperial Vac Debutante, 41, 51, 51 Special, VS, and 61, clip bushing, jewel screw
404  Vacumatic Sub-Debutante pens, extended-type filler, GF trim
405  Parker 51 pencils, Lustraloy clip
409  Sub-Debutante pens, extended-type filler, chrome trim
410  Televisor, Junior Vacumatic, Junior Sacless Duofold, extended-type filler, GF trim, cap, feed
411  Vacumatic Junior pen
421  Vacumatic Debutante GF clip [or 221 ?]
427  Eversharp “10,000” convertible pen, Octanium nib, feed, shell assembly, barrel, cap, filler
433  Imperial Vacumatic Debutante pen and pencil, LL pencil, GF cap and trim
435  Parker 51 pencil, continuous feed, rotary mechanism assembly
440  Lady Sacless Duofold pen and pencil, extended-type filler, GF trim
442  Junior Sacless Duofold pen and pencil, extended-type filler, GF trim
444  Lady Sacless Duofold pen and pencil, extended-type filler, GF trim
446  Junior Sacless Duofold pen and pencil, GF cap and clip
448  Major Sacless Duofold pencil, GF trim
449  Debutante Sacless Duofold pencil, GF trim
454  Junior Sac Duofold pen, GF trim
474  Parker 51 Vac-Fil pen and pencil, green gold cap and clip, blind cap band
480  Vacumatic Senior Maxima pencil, GF trim
481  Vacumatic Senior Maxima pencil, chrome trim
486  Vacumatic Debutante pencil, GF trim
487  Vacumatic Debutante pencil, chrome trim, Senior Maxima & Major pencils chrome point
490  Vacumatic Major pencil barrel
492  Vacumatic Sub-Deb pencil, GF trim
493  Vacumatic Sub-Deb pencil, chrome trim, Parker 61 pencil, bright Lustraloy cap, GF band
512  Lady Sac Duofold pen, GF trim, various Lady Challengers, feed
513  Junior Sac Duofold pen, GF trim, various Jr. Challengers, feed
515  Vacumatic Junior pencil, GF trim
516  Vacumatic Junior pencil, chrome trim
517  Vacumatic Major pencil, GF trim
518  Vacumatic Major pencil, chrome trim
560  Parkette pen, barrel, clutch ring, Lustraloy cap
562  Parkette Aero-metric filler
566  Parker 51 Demi, Vac Type, Vac-Fil pen and pencil, barrel
567  Parker 51 Demi Vac-Fil pen and pencil, regular GF cap and clip
568  Parker 51 Demi Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Satin Lustraloy cap and clip
570  Parker 51 pen and pencil, LL pencil, Signet, Insignia, GF, line-engraved caps, GF barrels
571  Parker 51 pen and pencil, LL pencil, Flighter, barrels, Satin Lustraloy cap with GF band
572  Parker 51 pen and pencil, LL pencil, Presidential barrels, 14K gold, non-engraved caps
573  Parker 21 pen and pencil, LL pencil, chrome plated clip, for 575
574  Parker 21 Deluxe, pen and pencil, Bright Lustraloy cap
575  Parker 21 Special, pen and pencil, LL pencil, Satin Lustraloy cap
576  Parker 21 Custom, pen and pencil, GF cap
582  Parker 51 pen and continuous feed pencil, GF standard clip
583  Parker 51 Standard and Demi, GF clip
586  Parker 51 Aero-metric pen, filling unit, clutch pencil mechanism, LL, barrels, various caps
587  Parker 51 pen and pencil, GF standard size cap, line-engraved
589  Parker 51 pen and pencil, Heritage, 14K gold, or GF caps
590  Parker 51 pen and pencil, Heirloom, 14K gold cap
591   Parker 51 Standard Type, Aero-metric desk pen barrel taper
596  Parker 51 Demi, 41, Aero-metric filling unit, pen and pencil, LL, Satin Lustraloy, chrome clip
597  Parker 51 Demi pen and pencil, GF line-engraved cap
599  Parker 51 Demi Vac-Fil pen and pencil, Heritage, GF cap and clip
600  Parker 51 Demi, pen and pencil, Heirloom, 14K gold cap, clip
601  Parker Super 21, 41, and 51 pens and rotary pencils, Demi size, Lustraloy cap, chrome clip
602  Cap-actuated Jotter ballpoint, retracting spring
607  Parker 21 Octanium open nib for 615 assembly, Parker 21 and 51 rotary pencil barrels
609  Parker 21, 41, Deb 51, pen & pencil, Aero-metric filler, LL pencil, rotary pencil mechanism
610  Parker 21 desk pen barrel taper
611  Parker 21 pencil Custom and Deluxe chrome plated cap screws
612  Parker 21 pen and pencil, standard, Satin Lustraloy caps without clips
615  Parker 21 Model 615, Parkette, sac assembly, inner cap, feed-and-shell assembly for 607
620  Button-actuated T-Ball Regular Jotter, & “V. I. P.” ballpoint, retracting spring, lined barrel
621  Parker 21 Custom Jotter ballpoint, Jotter Desk Pen, metal tip for plastic barrel
622  Parker 21 Jotter ballpoint, Jotter Desk Pen, Lustraloy cap
623  Parker 51 Deluxe Jotter ballpoint, Satin Lustraloy cap, barrel
624  Parker 51 Custom ballpoint, GF line-engraved cap
625  Parker 51 Demi, Vac Type, pen and pencil, Signet, Insignia, line-engraved cap
626  Parker 51 Special, Super 21, 41, Aero-metric, Octanium nib, rotary pencils, LL, Lustraloy cap
630  Parker 51 desk pen barrel, 51 Aero-metric, 51 Special
632  Parker 21 Standard Jotter ballpoint, Lustraloy cap
633  Parker LL pencil, 41, Regular, Demi 51 Standard, Deluxe, & Custom, barrel, barrel point, cap
635  Parker 51 Standard Jotter ballpoint, GF cap
636  Parker LL pencil, Deluxe & Custom, barrel point, cap
638  Parker LL pencil, Demi 51 Standard, Deluxe, & Custom, barrel & barrel point
639  Parker LL pencil, 21 Special, 51 Standard, 41, barrel & barrel point
641  Parker LL pencil, Demi 51 Deluxe, cap
645  Parker LL pencil, Special, cap
646  Parker LL pencil, Regular 51 Custom, GF cap
647  Parker LL pencil, Demi 51 Custom, GF cap
648  Parker LL pencil, Regular & Demi 51 Signet, barrel & barrel point
649  Parker LL pencil, Regular 51 Presidential, barrel
650  Parker LL pencil, Demi 51 Signet
651  Parker LL pencil, Regular 51 Flighter, barrel & barrel point
653  Parker 61 pen & pencil, chrome clips, cap clutch, feed, collector, ink cell, inner cap, 14K nib
659  Parker 61 Deluxe with Satin Lustraloy cap with GF band, shell with GF arrow
663  Parker 61 pencil, Lustraloy cap, GF clip, plastic barrels
664  Parker 61 pencil, Heritage with yellow GF & silver filled rainbow cap
665  Parker 61 pencil, Heirloom with pink & green gold rainbow cap
666  Parker 41, 45, 51, 51 Special, 61, International, rotary pencil mechanism, plastic barrel
668  Jotter Desk Pen, taper not drilled for chain
669  Parker 61 rotary pencil, Classic Satin Lustraloy cap without clip
671  Parker Jotter ballpoint, LL pencil, Lustraloy cap
673  Parker 41 and Super 21 pens Lustraloy caps, and Model 50 desk pen filler unit
674  Parker LL Desk Pencil, taper not drilled for chain
679  Parker 61 pen, Heritage with yellow GF & silver filled rainbow cap
680  Parker 61 pen, Heirloom with pink & green gold rainbow cap
684  Parker 51 desk pen, Model 50, bushing and barrel assembly
685  Jotter Desk Pen, taper drilled for chain
686  Parker LL Desk Pencil, taper drilled for chain
687  Parker 61 pen, Legacy with nickel and silver filled rainbow cap without clip
692  Parker 61 pen and pencil, Standard, Brite Lustraloy cap, GF band, shell with nickel arrow
693  Parker 41, 51, 61 continuous feed pencil points
695  Parker 61 rotary pencil, Heritage with yellow GF & silver filled rainbow cap
697  Parker 61 rotary pencil, Heirloom with pink & green gold rainbow cap
698  Parker 61 pen, Legacy with nickel and silver filled rainbow cap
699  Parker 41 pencil, Satin Lustraloy Demi size cap, chrome electroplated clip
701  Parker 51 pen and rotary pencil, Special with Lustraloy cap, chrome plated clip
702  Parker 51 pen and rotary pencil, standard Satin Lustraloy cap with GF band with chrome clip
703  Parker 51 pen and rotary pencil, GF standard cap, line-engraved
704  Parker 61 rotary pencil, Legacy with nickel and silver filled rainbow cap
705  Parker T-Ball Deluxe Jotter, and Super 21 Jotter ballpoint, Lustraloy cap and plastic barrel
712  Parker 51, International, & “V. I. P.”, ballpoint, Insignia, GF line-engraved cap
713  Parker 41 and Super 21 pen and pencils, Satin Lustraloy cap & chrome plated clips, fillers
717  Button-actuated T-Ball Jotter ballpoint, plastic barrel
718  All-metal cap-actuated Jotter, barrel assembly
721  Parker 41 Debutante, white enameled caps
723  Parker 61 pen and rotary pencil, Classic with Satin Lustraloy cap
725  Parker 21, Super 21, and 51 Special continuous feed pencil mechanism and point, for 607
728  Parker 61 and International pen and rotary pencil, Presidential with 14K gold trim
729  Parker 61 pen and rotary pencil, Presidential and Insignia, black plastic shell with GF arrow
730  Parker 61 pen and rotary pencil, Insignia, and Custom, GF cap
731  Minim Jotter ballpoint, GF cap and plastic barrel
733  Minim Jotter ballpoint, 14K gold Insignia, GF non-engraved cap, barrel
734  T-Ball Jotter ballpoint, Lustraloy barrel
737  Minim Jotter ballpoint, 14K gold Presidential, non-engraved cap, barrel
746  Parker 45 pencil point, gold-plated, and Parker 45 desk pencil mechanism, plastic taper
747  Princess Jotter ballpoint, wavy-line engraved design other color lacquer cap, smooth barrel
748  Princess Ivy Jotter ballpoint, engraved design on black or white lacquered cap
749  Princess Jotter ballpoint, wavy-line engraved design on black lacquer cap
750  Princess Jotter ballpoint, line-and-drop engraved design other color lacquered cap & barrel
751  Princess Ivy Jotter ballpoint, bright-finish gold electroplated barrel
752  Princess Jotter ballpoint, line-and-drop engraved design on black lacquered cap & barrel
753  Debutante Jotter ballpoint, fish-scale engraved on colored lacquered cap, plastic barrel
754  “V. I. P.” pencil & ballpoint, Bright Lustraloy cap
755  “V. I. P.” pencil & ballpoint, GF cap, line-engraved, plastic barrel
756  “V. I. P.” pencil & ballpoint, Insignia GF cap, line-engraved
760  Parker 45 pen, Standard, Flighter Lustraloy caps, chrome clips, 14K nib units, mech. pencil
761  Parker 45 Flighter Lustraloy barrel with black plastic tip
770  Parker 61, Parker 45, International, “V. I. P.” pencil, ballpen, Flighter barrel, gold-plate clip
772  International and “V. I. P.” pencils & ballpoints, Presidential cap 14K non-engraved
779  Parker 61 pen and pencil, Jet Flighter, Lustraloy cap, black plastic shell with nickel arrow
780  Parker T-Ball Jotter ballpoint, Lustraloy cap
790  International and “V. I. P.” pencils & ballpoints, GF standard size cap, line-engraved
807  Parker 45 pencil, Insignia gold electroplated barrel
809  Eversharp Super E pens with Parker 45 steel nib units, pencil mechanism
811  Parker 45 pen and pencil, Insignia, and Custom, with gold-plated caps, clips, clip screws
812  Parker 45 Insignia gold-plated barrel with black plastic tip
840  Parker 19 with Parker 45 gold-plated nib units



George Kovalenko.



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