Parker 51 Custom Vintage Fountain Pen. Aerometric Fill in Teal with Insignia Rolled Gold Cap. Made in England c.1968.
Slip-on pen cap has rolled gold finish with linear converging lines (Insignia). Cap is stamped around lip 'PARKER - 1/10 12CT R.GOLD'. Gold filled long arrow pocket clip with grey celluloid pearl jewel inset to clip ring.
Barrel and section in Teal. Narrow metal clutch ring which secures push-on/pull off cap. Lucite hooded nib section. Barrel is heat stamped ‘51’. Barrel unscrews from section for access to stainless steel ‘Aerometric’ filling mechanism, stamped PARKER 51 with pen filling instructions. ‘Plexiglas’ ink sac.
Pen measures 5.3/8 inches (13.5 cms) long with cap attached. Weight: 20.0 grams.
Solid gold tubular 14 ct fine nib. Stamped '14K - PARKER - MADE IN ENGLAND '. Very smooth firm writer.
Restoration and Service
Pen has been fully serviced. Disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned to remove traces of old ink. Nib, feeder and breather assembly removed from shell, cleaned and re-aligned. New ‘O’ ring seal to section. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Pen reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean water.
Pen barrel and shell are free from cracks, hairlines and scratches. There are no personalisation’s. Rolled gold cap is totally free of dents, clip plating is excellent, top jewel is unmarked. No distortion to shell. Clip is firm, as is clutch cap retention. Cap engravings are very clear. Overall pen is ready to write and is in excellent condition. Pen is supplied in original Parker 'Polka Dot' case with inner silk lining and Parker imprint. No evidence of damage to box.
Fine example of the iconic Parker 51 fountain pen. Dating later English made Parker 51's can be difficult. This particular 51 appears to be a transitional model. Discounting the early vacumatic version, this aerometric filling pen has the narrow clutch retaining ring on the barrel (Mk III), but with rounded end to barrel with vent hole (Mk II).