About This Model
The VS was one of Parker’s lesser lights from a justifiably confused period, a 1946-49 attempt to introduce a pen that looked like a 51 but with far less costly features. It is US Parker’s only button-filled pen of the post-WWII era, using the same button as that used by Parker in England in its contemporaneous Duofold AF . The appearance, however, is all 51-generation, with the navy blue barrel and hood and Lustraloy steel cap. The clip does not have an arrow, and has “Parker” printed vertically down its length. The hood looks to be borrowed from a later 21, but it does not have a filler inside; instead, there is a traditional feed and the large open nib. In its long history, Parker was not above producing hybrid pens, usually to be bridges between eras and effective means of using up parts inventory. The VS is interesting for its progressive feature changes over only three years. They are not often seen, and are good writers.
About This Pen
This VS is a good writer, with a very firm nib that writes a fine line. The pen itself was very worn, but its restoration was able to bring back much but not all of its finish, so it looks quite nice but not perfect. The barrel is grey, probably Lucite. The cap is typical Lustroloy brushed steel, and the clip is straight and smooth with “Parker” engraved in tiny letters. The gold nib is not hooded, a significant variance from the 51s the VS resembles, but that was necessary, since the nib is a standard one, not the small rolled nib of the 51 and 21. Similarly, the feed is clear, showing the pen’s ink, and another departure. There is no imprint, other than the Parker insignia on the cap.
Price: $78 Sold