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 5.4″ long, but there are also 5″ long demis. 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
The double-jeweled Parker 51’s, which were made throughout the years of the Mark I line, 1942-1948, were Parker’s top line. They were identical to the other Mark I pens, except that their blind caps ended with a second jewel that matches the crown, instead of a plain rounded cap. As the top line product, there were far fewer produced, and so they are found far less often today.
This pen is from the spring of 1945 in cordovan brown, with a 1/8 gold-filled cap and the unpainted Blue Diamond clip, which was used after Parker was enjoined from offering the warranty that the Blue Diamond signified. It is in beautiful condition, shiny and without most of the micro-scratches of hard use. It does have a few scratches of note: radially just above the bottom of the barrel, lengthwise next to it, and on the blind cap. Additionally, there is a 1.5mm nick in the cap, just above the cap ring area, and on the bottom edge of the cap. None of these are readily visible or detract from the pen’s beauty. The nib is a wet smooth medium, and writes fast. This is a pen that could easily grace a growing collection of very fine vintage pens and be used! However, if you plan to use it, please treat it to a case to protect the finish?
Note: if you think you’ve seen this pen listed before, you’re correct. It took a trip around the world and returned, apparently undeliverable. Now it’s back!