Parker 51 Vacumatic - Rolled Gold Band
Stock number: 5984
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Medium nib, Vacumatic fill system.
This unusual and quite striking Parker “51”, using Parker’s vacumatic filling system, has a rolled gold band on the pen barrel. Whilst the band carries the initials “FKH” it is in decorative italic writing and rather enhances the pen. An English pen, it comes with an American converging lines pattern cap that as well as having the grey “jewel” in the cap crown sports the Parker branding and “Blue Diamond” on the clip. The text around the cap lip reads “1/10 16k Gold Filled Made in U.S.A.” The barrel has a feint imprint under the clutch ring but all I can make out is “Made in England”. The smooth medium nib states “Parker Made in Canada 14kt 1947”. So a Canadian nib, an early American cap and an English barrel – it sounds rather odd but it adds up to an attractive and unusual 51. How to date it? Well a nib can always be changed so that is a little unreliable, it is unlikely to be 1947 as 51 caps had begun to change by then, so I have settled on 1945.The vacumatic pump fill system was very popular at the time and provides a clean and easy filling method (Parker changed to the aerometric fill in 1950.) Condition is good with only minor age wear as can be seen in the montage. It measures 136mm with cap on and 152mm with cap on barrel end. So an unusual and striking Parker 51 that will sit well in a collection (I doubt I will ever see another one like it) but will also serve as a distinctive everyday writer. 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 may also select your method of payment.
Source: Parker “51” – David and Mark Shepherd
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