Parker 51 Flighter
Stock number: 5887
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Medium nib, Aerometric fill system.
The magnificent “51 Flighter” was introduced by Parker in the U.S.A. in 1949. This particular example whilst featuring the gold fill cap band which was subsequently dropped, is later with a nib date of 1958 – although this cannot be taken as a definitive dating mechanism. The cap and barrel with their gold fill trim are in a steel finish Parker termed “lustraloy” - visually aligning it to the aircraft that inspired its design. The advertising at its launch, which also stressed its dependability and durability stated: “The Flighter…a new Parker “51”. Here is a foretaste of the future – a smooth writing beauty fashioned in a modern mood. Beneath its silvery exterior, there’s the most advanced pen ever created…” . It carries a Parker 51 medium nib stating “14k Parker England 58” and it has Parker’s aerometric filling system. Often termed "squeezebox" it 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 four times and this vintage pen is ready to use. This is a good size vintage fountain pen measuring 136mm with cap on and 150mm with cap on barrel end. Condition is also good with minor age wear and a slightly darker than usual cap crown “jewel”. The Parker “51” combines style with everyday reliability and this particular model is indeed a fine example of those qualities. 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. A gift box is available free of charge on request at checkout where you are also able to select your payment method.
Source: Parker “51” – David and Mark Shepherd.
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