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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.

Not only the year, but which quarter of the year, will appear, giving a very clear sense of just how old the pen is.

This practice was evidently started as a means of helping quality control (\”What was it exactly that we changed between April and June of last year that made the pens catch fire? 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.

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, but their codes are less easily understood. From then until 1938, the 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 of 1936, and pens made in the third quarter are obvious about their year.In 1938, the 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 dots 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 of 1938, so the codes for that year should go from 18 to .8. This single digit code persisted until the end of the 1940s, when a second digit appeared.It was decided that rather than run the risk of confusion with earlier models (apart from those made in 19) to add a second digit to the year, so a pen made in the third quarter of 1950 would bear a 50. This scheme was only pursued until about 1955 in the US, and was dropped elsewhere by about 1960.Parker \”51\”s made in Canada and England in the 1950s are exceptions to this pattern, as they stuck with the earlier single-digit pattern.The hiatus in date codes ended in 1979, with an entirely new plan.The core of the code takes the letters QUALITYPEN and assigns them digits from 0 to 9 to represent the year.

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