About This Model
After the wild success of the 51 throughout the 1940’s and 50’s, Parker was ready for change by the late 50’s. Their changes were in three major directions — new technology and efficiency with the capillary filling 61, economy with the 51-“lite” 21, and a bit of all of it in the all-new 45. The 45 (yes, named for the revolver that “won the west”) and following the design of Eversharp's 10,000 which was owned by Parker by this time, revolutionized pen manufacture by introducing refillable and replaceable cartridges and continuing hooded nibs, now with plastic feeds. The 45 Classic had a brushed steel cap, gold-plated clip and cap ring, and a plastic body and section that was available in numerous colors. In addition, they were all one size, 5 3/8” long capped, longer and slimmer than 51’s and 21’s, with both ends tapered.
In 1960-61, Parker produced a variety of derivative 45s, perhaps to settle into the 45 form, including the 17, 19, and the Eversharp Big E. These were inexpensive plastic pens, with metal clips, crowns, and a something like a clutch ring. Their plastic was polystyrene, so soft; they used Parker cartridges; but like the 45s they resembled, were excellent writers.
About This Pen
Why are these Parker 19s listed with Eversharp 10,000s? Because, with some trim differences they are the same pens. Parker and Eversharp were combined operations during the early 1960s, and the 10,000′ design was brought into the twin Parker 19 and Eversharp Big E. All of these were Parker’s first plastic caps in many years, and the entire pen was made of extruded polystyrene plastic, all cartridge fillers. There are three or four different designs presented here, including the 19, Big E, 10,000, and two different Argentinian models for which model designations are not known. All will come with an empty Parker cartridge.
Like the Esterbrooks, these have not yet been restored, so will be restored when purchased, and will look a lot better! They’re all good pens, with 45-style nibs, solid trim, and cosmetically good to excellent.
10% discount available for purchasing more than one!
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#1: grey, made USA, a bit of roughness but otherwise ok, fine nib. $30
#2: dark red, made Argentina, clean and unscratched, perhaps unused, fine nib. $40
#4: red, made USA, has some use scratches, otherwise very good, fine nib. $36
#5: black, made USA, has some use scratches, otherwise very good, medium nib. $36.
#3: baby blue, made Argentina, has come use scratches, repaired hairline crack in cap, otherwise good, medium nib. $30
#6-8 (only one in photo, there are 3): cherry red, made Argentina, excellent, probably unused condition, black clip, fine nib. $40. note: #8 is sold.
#9: light blue Big E model: made USA, has apparently ineradicable marks on cap, otherwise good condition, still has price stamp, fine nib. $30
#10: black, gold chrome and silver clip, very good condition, medium nib. $38
#11: black, chrome trim, excellent condition, fine nib. $40
#12: ivory, chrome trim, visible areas darkened a shade, ivory under cap, fine nib $36
#13: light grey, excellent, fine nib. $40