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Object ID 001769

Object Name Parker Quink Ink

Object Desc Glass ink bottle with screw on lid. Bottle has ribbed sides and top with blue and white paper label at front for Parker Quink.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002017a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Stationery Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 10

Object Date

Start Year Range 1931

End Year Range 1959

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Parker Pen Co.,ink,fountain pens,Parker Quink,ink bottles,writing,

Title Parker Quink Ink

Description Glass bottle with metal screw on lid. Bottle is square in shape with rounded corners that are ribbed. Top of bottle has small ledge that is ribbed leading up to a narrow neck. At front of bottle is blue label with white text, paper, "Parker / Quink" at top. White banner shape below with text "Permanent / Blue-Black" At bottom is text "Made In U.S.A. / The Parker Pen Company". Bottom of bottle is embossed with lettering "Parker / Made In U.S.A. / 2 oz. / 59 cc". Lid is metal with text, but is corroded and cannot read. Screw on.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.25

Length 0

Width 2.25

Depth 2.25

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Parker Pen Company

Maker Details In 1888, George Safford Parker started his company in Janesville, WI. Quink (quick drying ink) was created in 1931 for fountain pens. The ink used isopropyl alcohol which dried by absorption and not evaporation. This would eliminate the need for blotting. However, the alcohol in the ink caused damage to the celluloid interiors of pens. In 1941, the company produced a pen called the Parker 51 make with Lucite interiors and was one of the most widely used pens in its 30 year history. In 1987, the company headquarters moved to Newhaven, East Sussex in the United Kingdom. In 1993, Gillette purchased the company. In 2000, the writing instruments division was sold to Newell Rubbermaid. In 2009, the Janesville branch closed operations.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2017a-b



Date MAR 14,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes The lid is rusted and corroded. Areas of loss from corrosion. Use caution when handling. Lable has small tear at lower right corner. Stainng at center. Dried ink inside bottle still. Ink has stained interior. Ink stains in grooves on top of bottle.