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 gold 51 Signet, is from 1950, in standard size, an aerometric filler. The chased barrel and cap are 1/10 14K gold-filled, which is clearly imprinted in the cap. The clip is made of gold-filled beryllium copper. There is a small “signet” rectangle on the barrel for imprinting. The barrel has the additional “Made in USA” and “50” markings for its origin and year of manufacture. The nib, which writes a smooth XF/F line, is probably not this pen’s original. It comes with the matching mechanical pencil, which did not need restoration, does not have any significant flaws, and works fine. Aside from some use scratches and pinprick nicks in both pen and pencil clip and cap edges, both pen and pencil are in excellent condition. The set’s purchase also includes its probably original case, which shows wear, and polishing cloth, which is unused.
This pen is not for sale.