ow, in 1941, Parker negotiated sharing the Valentine factory with it's facilities and machines for the duration of the war. It was of course convenient, as well as profitable, for Valentine to produce pens that was very similar to the Parker Duofolds. The same workers were now making both Valentine and Parker pens. Still in the beginning most parts were manufactured in Toronto, but gradually Newhaven took over the European market.
The very first Parker model that was solely made in Newhaven was the Parker Victory. It too shared many features with both the Valentines and the streamlined Duofolds, including colour schemes and plastics. For obvious reasons it was now hard to find plastics to match the US production, so during this period many Duofolds and Victories were made in colours not found elsewhere, making them very collectible.
When the war ended in 1945, Parker bought the Valentine company, lock, stock and barrels, but continued to produce Valentine pens until 1947 or 1948. The name Valentine also remained on the workers wage packets until as late as 1957.
he wartime Valentines were produced both as lever fillers and as button fillers. They had ball ended washer clips, black clip screws and can be found without cap bands or with a thin cap band, or in other more rare versions. They sported the model number on the barrel end, much like the old Parker Lucky Curve pens. The model "01" was possibly the best seller.
They were imprinted "THE VALENTINE PEN CO LTD, Made in England" and the solid gold nibs were engraved "VALENTINE, 14ct, 1st Quality".
Among other Valentine colours offered were:
Light and dark burgundy pearl and black
Lined green silver and burgundy
Lined cream silver and brown
Lined rose silver and burgundy
The Victory was sold as a Parker sub-brand and evolved in five different generations: