So far the earliest date coded pens found have had the code NL for 1979, and all of these pens were made in the US. Possibly anticipating the 1980 official start of date coding in France and the UK, this could have led to the presumption that the dating actually began in 1970, but proof of this has still to be found. Ce site peut, à son insu, avoir été relié à d'autres sites par le biais de liens hypermedia, l'AROP ne peut en aucun cas être tenu responsable pour les informations présentées sur ces autres sites.
The code-key could be posted along with the pen-list, if desired.
This is a standard for shortening the description of pens, either for personal use or when offering pens for sale.
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In mid 1934 Parker began marking most pens and pencils with a date code, both the barrel and the nibs were marked, but lacking a date code doesn't necessarily mean that the pen was made pre-1935, since many imprints have been worn off with use.
Hence a "47" marking on a 1930's pen indicate that the pen was produced in the fourth quarter of 1937, not 1947, which is a common misconception.
Flaws should always be noted, such as scratches, cracks, dents, etc.
The following codes should be used to establish an overall condition, rather than be taken literally.
Electroplating chemically adds a very thin layer of gold to the base material. The process involves physical vapor deposition of gold (PVD). According to Parker a microlaminated surface of 1.3 micrometer has a "service life" equivalent or exceeding that of a 10 micrometer gold plating.
Flat, broad edged points generally put to paper at a 45 degree angle 14k Also X Extra Fine F Fine M Medium B Broad FI Fine Calligraphic MI Medium Calligraphic BI Broad Calligraphic 24K or 1000 (parts of 1000) 22K or 916 18K or 750 lowest allowed gold content in France until 1994 15K or 625 discontinued in 1935 14K or 585 12K or 500 10K or 416 Lowest allowed gold content in USA 9K or 375 Lowest allowed gold content in Canada and UK 8K or 333 Lowest allowed gold content in Germany A solid layer of gold, mechanically bonded to brass, or sometimes other materials, with heat and pressure. Gold plating is usually a thinner layer than the above. In 1986 Parker patented a process, developed together with Jamers Snyder of the University of Wisconsin, for depositing microlayers of gold and titanium nitride to create the glow of gold but the durability of chromium.
The quarter marker changed in 1988 from E, C, L, I to III, II, I or none (last quarter) according to the below table.