Parker 51 Aerometric

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

While the big majority of Parker 51 colors and cap styles are plentiful, some are more rare. Among the MKII Aerometric pens, the Plum and Cocoa, especially from the early years, are considered quite rare. This pen is a cocoa 1948 MKII, a first year Aerometric, with a gold cap. In addition, and proof of its completeness as a 1948 pen, it has the original aluminum Aerometric filling “press 6 times and use dry-writing Superchrome Ink” unit (which disappeared in 1950 when Superchrome was proved to destroy pens, a rare Parker misstep), and the gold cap has a longer clip than was found on later pens. This pen is in very nice, very clean condition, with no significant marks or scratches on the barrel and hood. There is one smallish (.14″) dent on the cap, just east of the feathered portion of the clip but not easily seen, and a few assorted pinpricks elsewhere on the cap; finally, there is a bit of typical pitting in the aluminum filler. The nib writes a wet enough fine. This is a rare Parker 51!

Price: $165 Sold

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