Parker 51

1953

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 demis, a half-inch shorter in cap and barrel, were also produced. 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 an MKII, of the second generation of aerometric fillers. It is a 1953 pen, but the mystery is whether it was made in England or the US, because the barely visible imprint shows “England 3”, but the aerometric filler has “Made in USA”. The exchange of pens and parts between the English and American operations was well known; to complicate matters further, the nib is Canadian. Murky history aside, this is a very attractive 51, unless one is a collector of only “numbers-matching” pens. The navy grey body is in excellent condition, showing wear only under magnification and at the usual stress points at the base of the barrel and top of the hood. The gold “nine vertical lines” cap is without dents and is very shiny and clean. The aerometric filler is strong. The nib is gold and writes a super-smooth wet medium line. In summary, this is an unusually attractive later Parker 51 and a great writer. None of the foregoing diminishes this very attractive 51, unless one is a collector of only “numbers-matching” pens. The navy grey body is in excellent condition, showing wear only under magnification and at the usual stress points at the base of the barrel and top of the hood. The gold “nine vertical lines” cap is without dents and is very shiny and clean. The aerometric filler is strong. The nib is gold and writes a super-smooth wet medium line. In summary, this is an unusually attractive later Parker 51 and a great writer.

Price: $105 Sold

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