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Return to Parker. For those of us concerned with when a pen was made, Parker is the sweetest of Parker 51 dating makers, in that many of their pen actually have a date printed right on them. Not only the year, but which quarter of the year, will appear, giving a very clear sense of just how old the pen is. 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.
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. This does not mean that a point whose date code does not agree with the barrel is necessarily a replacement.
Points and bodies were made in separate production lines, not meeting until final assembly, and the lines did generally run to the same schedule. An other thing to not get too concerned about is finding a pen has lost its code. They tend to be small and not quite as deeply impressed as the rest of the barrel markings, and decades of wear can render them obscure or efface them entirely. Modern pens are much more likely to present their codes, Parker 51 dating their codes are less easily understood.
Parker began applying date codes in From then untilthe codes took the form of a pair of digits; the first indicating which quarter and the second the year. Thus, a pen with a 46 code is from October through December ofand pens made in the third quarter are very obvious about their year.
Inthe codes for the quarters were changed to simple dots; the accepted reason for this is that it saved in the making of the stamps; rather than having a new code-stamp each quarter, a dot was merely ground off the one for the year. This means that the codes now had a single digit, flanked and supported by Parker 51 dating at the start of the year, dropping the one beneath in the second quarter, the one behind in the third, and standing alone in the fourth.
I understand that this was not brought in until the second quarter ofso the codes for that year should go from 18 to. This single digit code persisted until the end of the s, when a second digit appeared.
It was decided that rather than run the risk of confusion with earlier models apart from those made in and to add a second digit to the year, so a pen made in the third quarter of would bear a This scheme was only pursued until about in the US, and was dropped elsewhere by about The hiatus in date codes ended inwith an entirely new plan.
Initially, the quarters code was based on the a very square, eye-chart style version of the letter E, with elements removed for Parker 51 dating quarter, producing what can be described as E, C, L and I, but the C is rather stylized, each following the year letter. Both methods allowed for the same subtractive changes to the dies responsible for the impressions.
Sincethere has only been one substantial change in the code, in that the quarter indicators were shifted back to after the year indication, with a dot separating them. This scheme, as of lateappears to be Parker 51 dating upon for the current decade, so some more attention to finish and trim will be necessary to identify pens like the Duofold which span decades.
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