13450: Parker 51: rare pre-launch model in black with 1/10 14K gold filled cap in grouped parallel lines with monogrammed (CKB) cartouche, very early four-hole clutch; Blue Diamond clip, two-tone clutch ring, metal jewels appear to be silver, blind cap imprint is bold and lacks date code, aluminum Speedline filler has one ding on its side, shell has some tool marks (see details), condition of pen is otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $895
13513: Parker 51 demonstrator: rare first-year black double-jewel with clear hood, red collector, barrel marked "DEMONSTRATOR", metal Speedline filler, aluminum jewels, imprint on blind cap with 2nd quarter date code, smooth sterling silver cap with imprint at top, long clutch. Cap is clean, though with wear to the geometric decorative band, small patch of stress marks at end of barrel over filler where overtightened in the past (see detail; only apparent under magnification).
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine • $850
10168: Parker 51 Club button: large metal pin back, 3.55 cm in diameter, given to Parker dealers as part of a sales contest promoting the initial release of the Parker 51; rare, and probably even less commonly seen than the sought-after contest award pens.
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $300
11302: Parker 51: Cedar Blue first-year, smooth sterling silver cap with imprint at top, metal jewels appear to be silver rather than aluminum; good blind cap imprint with 2nd quarter date code, aluminum Speedline filler with diamond at end of plunger. Neatly cut oval depression on hood behind and in line with the nib appears to be an early form of nib position indicator, as later adopted for the 61, but whether factory or aftermarket cannot be determined. Name on barrel, a few pinhead dings to the cap, slight hood shrinkage.
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $850
13820: Parker 51 set in box: pristine Cordovan single-jewel Vac-filler with matching .9 mm twist-action pencil, 1/10 14K gold filled caps with alternating straight and squiggly lines pattern, imprints at cap top (usually associated with early first-year caps). Bold deep imprint on pen barrel with 2nd quarter date code, wartime black plastic filler plunger with diamond imprint. Set is as new, pen filler diaphragm has not been replaced and is not guaranteed functional -- for the collector, not the user.
DATE: 1942 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $385
13738: Parker 51 pencil: Nassau Green with early 1/7.5 12K gold filled cap with grouped parallel lines geometric band and cartouche; clip is wartime, gold filled over silver.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: exc • $195
13701: Parker 51: grey wartime Vac-filler, Lustraloy cap with uncommon wide raised band with fine parallel lines pattern, chrome plated trim, Blue Diamond clip, two-tone clutch ring, good imprint with 4th quarter date code; barrel has some "tan lines" from sun fading, some marks to cap, wear to nib opening in hood, but overall sound with honest usage.
DATE: 1944 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine • $110
13384: Parker 51 set: black Vac-filler with 1/10 16K gold filled cap, grouped parallel lines with geometric band, rectangular cartouche, two-tone clutch ring, sharp imprint with 4th quarter date code, 14K solid gold Blue Diamond clip; matching twist-action pencil uses .9 mm lead, also has solid gold clip but nozzle is gold filled. Pen cap shows more usage than pencil.
DATE: 1945 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $295
13537: Parker 51 desk set: elegant midcentury modern ensemble with rare Red Band button-filler desk pen, sharp barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code; original synthetic sac is shown in the photo but has been replaced, original sac will be included; base is hefty gold-finished metal, 12.5 cm by 11.3 cm, very clean with only light marks on the black center panel, labels on bottom perfect. "Magnetix" swiveling socket is a Moholy-Nagy design for Parker. Red Band 51s are extraordinarily hard to find, as they were recalled almost immediately upon release.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $825
13704: Parker 51: black Vac-filler, Lustraloy cap, gold filled over silver wartime Blue Diamond clip, two-tone clutch ring, good barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, a couple of very shallow pinhead dings to the cap.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • SOLD
13805: Parker 51 Demi set in box: dark blue Vac-filler with 1/8 14K gold filled cap, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, with matching twist-action .9 mm pencil with 1/10 16K gold filled cap; pen has good barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, very clean caps noting trace rim brassing on the pencil cap, probably from polishing.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $245
12976: Parker 51 Demi set in box: dark blue Vac-filler with two-tone Lustraloy cap, 12.35 cm long, chrome plated trim, with matching twist-action .9 mm pencil; pen has bold barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, clean but with slight clip mark on cap, name on barrel of pen but not pencil.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • $185
11754: Parker 51 Demi: uncommon Canadian-made cordovan vest-pocket Vac-filler, 12.2 cm long, frosty two-tone Lustraloy cap with polished rim, strong barrel imprint; this may be the first Canada production Vac-filling Demi that we have offered.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $285
10860: Parker 51: unusual Canadian-made grey Vac-filler, fully marked, characteristic Blue Diamond clip with high placement of the Diamond, cap material is odd and appears to be rhodium plating over brass or cupronickel; no date code visible on barrel, but Canadian nib bears 1947 date.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine • $350
13700: Parker 51 Demi: black Vac-filler, two-tone Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, 12.25 cm long, strong barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code.
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $165
12984: Parker 51 Demi Princess: extremely rare gold filled Aerometric filler, 12.5 cm long, with faceted "jewels" set into the ends and around the upper cap; shallow bumps to side of cap, otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $2250
13850: Parker 51 Demi Special set: grey Aerometric filler with polished stainless steel cap, black jewel, with matching .9 mm twist-action pencil. Both pen and pencil are imprinted with the same name; pencil bears late "53" date code, barrel color appears to be the pre-Aerometric grey, differing from the pen's. Pen nib is gold, not Octanium, new sac has been installed.
DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $165
13824: Parker 51 Demi Special set in box: Forest Green Aerometric filler with polished stainless steel cap, chrome plated trim, Octanium nib, black cap jewel; with matching .9 mm twist-action pencil, both new old stock with stickers, pencil has 3rd quarter 1953 date code, instruction sheet dated 1955.
DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $220
13818: Parker 51 set in box: Forest Green Aerometric filler with 1/10 12K gold filled cap, converging lines pattern, with matching Liquid Lead pencil (pencil refills no longer available); new old stock, mint with stickers, instruction sheet dated 1955.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $265
5828: Parker 51 pencil lead refills: 12 leads in a stoppered glass tube, 8 cm long, made in England, label reads "for Parker '51'/ROTARY PENCIL", with Parker "halo" mark; many available, all "B" hardness.
DATE: c. 1964 • CONDITION: mint • $6
8424: Parker 51 Mark III: late black Aerometric filler, South American production, barrel with Parker numbers indicating either a prototype or an archived sample; Lustraloy cap with unusual top button, fully imprinted, made in Brazil, filler housing made in Argentina. Octanium nib, two inlaid metal dots in hood.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $350