Parker 51

1948
About This Model

The Parker 51 is generally agreed to be one of very few genuinely iconic fountain pens, for its timeless design, revolutionary construction, efficiency, and unparalleled durability.  It is also possibly the most sold pen of all time, having been available from 1941 until the early 1970’s and manufactured in plants around the world.  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.  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 Parker 51 is from 1948, the end of the Vacumatic 51s.  It is in black, with a gold-filled cap in the radiating four-bar pattern. This is a nice user pen:  it is clean and shiny, but carries a few deep scratches that did not polish out. Similarly, the cap is quite nice but has the microscratches of use. The nib is probably the original; also dated 1948, and a EF.  A nice writer.

Price: $75