Parker 51

1944
About This Model

The Parker 51 is generally agreed to be one of the genuinely iconic fountain pens, for its timeless design, revolutionary construction, efficiency, unparalleled durability, and for being a great writer.  It is also among the most sold pens of all time, having been available from 1941 until the early 1970’s, manufactured in plants around the world, and sold millions.  Within each major model there are myriad combinations of color, cap, and other details that have made collecting 51s a serious sport around the world. 51s are available in two lengths: the typical 51 is 5 3/8″ long, but there are also demis, 4 13/16″ long. They are excellent writers, hold a great deal of ink, and are great shirt/jacket pocket pens. Parker 51s are readily available today, although some of their colors and cap patterns are rare.

About This Pen

Serious Parker collectors continually search for a few well-known variants of certain pens, of which there were relatively few made and are now only rarely found in nearly excellent condition. This pen fits that description: an MKI from 1944, double-jeweled, in Nassau Green, with the correct Blue Diamond/nine-lines pattern gold-filled cap. While the color is listed as the most rare, actually the single-jeweled pens in Parker’s three most rare colors are even less frequently seen. The pen is in outstanding condition, its Vacumatic filler freshly restored, and shows almost no marks of age or use. The nib is surely original, dated 1944, and writes a full wet medium. A wonderful, valuable pen for a Parker collection.

This pen is not for sale.