Parker 51 USA Forest Green
Stock number: 5695
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Medium to Slightly Broad nib, Aerometric fill system.
This vintage fountain pen was made by Parker in the USA. It is the aerometric version of their Parker “51” that was launched in 1949 and included this quite rare colour termed Forest Green. (In the montage it simply looks Black as it is what we would call a Bottle Green and very dark.)However, this particular example has a combination of a nib with the text “Parker Made in USA RU-PL” (RU-PL stands for Ruthinium Plathenium and this dates the nib to around 1945), a chrome plated filler sleeve (dating it from around 1949) and a rolled gold cap with the text “Parker “51” Rolled Gold (meaning it is more likely to be an English cap) So what to make of it? Well nibs and caps are changed over the years so for approximate date I think we have to go by the filler sleeve and settle on c1949. This conflict of dates and origin is reflected in the price. Dating aside the aerodynamic design of the "51" has made it a classic and the plaudits it has received over the years both in terms of design and reliability are well deserved. It has been marketed as “51…the world’s most wanted pen”. The “51” conical nib has a smooth medium to slightly broad point. The cap carries the Parker grey “jewel” in the cap crown and the Parker branding. The pen barrel carries no text or date code. Condition is good with some minor surface wear to the barrel. “51”’s are a good size fountain pen – this measuring 135mm with cap on and 149mm with cap on barrel end – and a pleasing weight and balance in the hand. The aerometric filling system is often termed "squeezebox" and is a very simple method of filling the pen with ink by unscrewing the barrel to expose a metal shell covering the ink sac - just press the metal bar and release up to five times and this vintage fountain pen is ready to use. Parker 51’s are an excellent every day workhorse and this is an interesting example of its type. They are also an ideal vintage fountain pen to start a collection. All fountain pens are professionally serviced and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order and a gift box is available free of charge on request at checkout where you select your method of payment.
Sources: Parker “51” – David and Mark Shepherd and www.parker51.com
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