About This Model
The Parker 51 was a hard act to follow, but Parker in the 1950s was determined to move ahead with a technologically advanced successor. So, starting in the mid-1950s, Parker developed prototypes. Parker and Sheaffer both thought clean filling was the next step, so while Sheaffer created the Snorkel, Parker went for a capillary filling unit in the 61. Turn the pen upside down and dunk the filler end into ink; it absorbs ink; wipe it off and put the barrel back on. It was a wonderful idea that really never succeeded, although one can't tell today if the problem was the filler or the 51's durability or continued success. At any rate, the MKI appeared in 1956, with small decorative shields riveted to the caps; rainbow "Heritage" caps also appeared then. These were luxe pens. Over time, more ordinary versions appeared, with plastic barrels and Lustroloy caps. In 1962, a slighter more slender version, called MKII, appeared; then MKIII in 1969, when the capillary filler was replaced by a cartridge/converter unit. 61's were made in diminishing varieties and quantities through the 1970s, and were finally discontinued altogether in 1983. It was a highly successful model history, but that success was dwarfed by the 51 and the contemporaneous 45.
About This Pen
This English Parker 61 is one of the later MKIII models, from 1969-73. It fills with a cartridge or converter. Its color is a deep turquoise, darker than the American turquoise, not part of the American Parker 61 offerings. It is in excellent condition, marked only by a couple of minor scuff scratches on the Lustraloy cap; the plastic barrel and section are perfectly clean. There are two pearlescent jewels. Since it is an English model, the nib is predictably soft and wet, a full medium. This is a wonderful writer. Comes with Parker cartridge; for $20 extra it can come equipped with a contemporaneous American aerometric filling unit. Enjoy it, give it a case to protect the perfect finish.
Price: $105 Sold