Dating parker pens
Example 2 This pen was being advertised as a 1960’s Flighter in it’s box.
so we have a printing date of 09/66 on the Instructions and 11/66 on the Loss Insurance Registration Form.Best of all the Registration Form specifies that the form is for pens purchased in 1967.Everything appears to tie in so we can quite confidently say that this is a 1967 pen.Dating a pre-1980 Parker 45 usually involves a little detective work and the results can be rather general to say the least, giving a rough idea rather then a specific date. These are usually found to the right of the country of manufacture.For example IIN or QI 2: If the pen is boxed with paperwork in the box check the paperwork for a sale date.Upon opening the box the first thing I notice is the lack of an end cap on the barrel body making this a later post 1979 pen.
A quick look on the cap shows the later “Made in the UK” and the date code of IN – which when we look it up denotes the 3rd quarter of 1989 or the 3rd quarter of 1999.
The box would indicate an earlier pen being the older cardboard design but I have a feeling that the box does not go with the pen and the guarantee card has been added in as well to make the pen look more collectible and bump up the price.
Therefore I do not take the box or guarantee into consideration.
Some earlier US pens had a date code on the box indicating the year of manufacture.
3: Model – Some models date from specific years or had identifying features during certain time periods.
The best example of this is the 45 Flighter which started off in 1964 with a black plastic end cap, later changed to chrome in around 1970 before losing the end cap altogether in 1979/80.