Parker 51

1948
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

This 51 is from 1948, in beige/cocoa, one of the less regularly seen colors, with the standard Lustraloy brushed steel cap.  It is very clean and shiny, showing only the microscratches of age and use.  The pi-glass sac in the aerometric filler is somewhat stained, but it is soft and pliable.  The 45-48 pens are distinguished by the inscribed “push 6 times” and “use Superchrome ink” on the filling unit.  In 1950, the “6” became “4”, and the direction to use Superchrome disappeared, because it was found to destroy pens.  The nib is a fine/extra fine, and writes very well.  A very nice, attractive 51 that can withstand years of use.

This pen is not for sale.