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
Parker 51 pencils were offered individually and with pens in sets, so they were made to match the pens. This pencil is from 1947-48, and can be be so identified because of its so-called “transitional” clip, the basic blue diamond that had been stripped of its blue filling. This was used after the court decree eliminated Parker’s Blue Diamond guarantee, until stock was used up. The cap is also a gold-filled “9-lines” model with the insignia blank and decorative chevron ring. It is in Nassau green, but a darker tone than is usually seen in the same color fountain pens. The pencil is in very nice condition, with no disfiguring marks, and works well. The gold cap and lead guide holder are quite elegant. Purchase with a For Sale page pen and take a 10% discount.