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Estate sale item.
Rare Parker 51 Signet fountain pen.
Just overhauled by Parker Pens.
In pen box (not Parker).
he Parker "51" is the worlds most sold fountain pen. The Parker "51" took eleven years to perfect. Parker no longer makes the pen which we had overhauled. It was named the Parker "51" because Parker felt that they needed a name that wouldn't be hard to pronounce in any country and also easy to remember. Also at this time Route 51 was built through Janesville and it is quite probable that this also was a reason for the the name. Furthermore It also came out of research in 1939, the 51'st anniversary for the Parker Pen Company.
The Parker "51" Mark II is probably the most functional fountain pen ever made. It never leaks, always works and never breaks, well almost... It is also is one of the nicest pen designs ever made. It was the first pen that had the nib under a hood, the thought behind this was not to let the ink have a chance of drying on the way from the ink reservoir to the paper.ll pens dry up if they are left unused and uncapped for a while. The hooded nib prolonged this. To achieve this Parker also had to redesign the nib, a pen part that had looked roughly the same for centuries. The new gold nib that was to fit inside the hood was tubular and rather rigid. The body was designed to look like a jet-fighter from the side (without the wings, of course) and the material used (Lucite) was the same that some wartime planes had in their nose-cones.
There are two easy ways to date the early Parker "51" . First, starting in 1943, the year of making was printed at the bottom of the tubular nib, but of course dating from the nib is inexact at best, as the nib is one of the most frequently replaced parts. Secondly an imprint can be found on the top of the barrel, just under the cap clutch ring: PARKER "51"6MADE IN U.S.A. The small digit denotes the year of making for the barrel. This digit was deleted on the US made pens in 1953 but continued until 1959 on European (and Canadian) pens, the same for the date on the nib. Estate sale item.
Comes with a glass bottle of fountain pen ink. Carry box shows wear and staining which says “The Rhodesian Watch & Jewelry Co. Bulawayo.”
Heirloom collectible. Stamped 12ct GOLD.