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
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
10189: Parker 51 nib extractor: original factory-issued repairman's tool, ring 2.5 cm across, curved steel blade with stud on top is inserted between nib and feed, stud snaps into hole in nib, allowing nib to be pulled out without removal of shell (hood). Slightly shortened at tip (the thin steel easily chipped), still functional but use not recommended nowadays due to risk of damaging shell.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: VG* • $125
12527: Parker 51: grey Vac-filler, 1/10 14K gold filled over silver wartime cap in uncommon pattern of alternating pairs of straight and squiggly lines; Blue Diamond clip, bold barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, one small nick to end of hood, internal stress hairline on blind cap, neither obtrusive nor affect function (see details).
DATE: 1945 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • $195
12763: Parker 51: black Vac-filler, 1/10 16K gold filled cap with grouped parallel lines pattern, Blue Diamond clip, 13.65 cm long, good barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code, unusual nib with extra-thick tipping, apparently a special grind for extreme rigidity.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium rigid • $245
12576: Parker 51 Demi set in box: grey Vac-filler with matching .9 mm pencil, Lustraloy caps, chrome plated trim; pen has barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, two pinprick marks on either side of clutch ring (for assembly alignment?). Pencil barrel has multiple cracks, but still works. Vac-filling Demis were made for only a couple of years.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine • $125
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
12901: Parker 51 set in box: Forest Green Aerometric filler with 1/10 12K gold filled cap, converging lines pattern, early production with acrylic connector, pristine filler housing with "PRESS . . . 6 TIMES" imprint, original sac with near new transparency. Pen and matching injector pencil both have 3rd quarter date codes.
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $295
12596: Parker 51 Demi: black vest-pocket Vac-filler, 12.3 cm long, 1/8 14K gold filled cap in fine parallel lines pattern, gold filled trim, bold barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code; tip of hood slightly rounded off. Vac-filling Demis are shorter, thicker, and much less common than the later Aerometric Demis.
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $165
11282: Parker 51 set in box: unusual Canadian-made Vac-filler in black, sterling silver cap with fine parallel lines pattern, geometric band, late production with chrome arrow clip without Blue Diamond; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead. Bold imprints on both pen and pencil, pen has large 4th quarter date code, no dings to caps, only light marks, usual mottling from flaking of original rhodium plating.
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $350
12807: Parker 51 Demi Signet: uncommon smaller version, 1/10 14K gold filled Aerometric filler, 12.8 cm long, original sac with perfect transparency, two-tone clutch ring.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $385
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
12503: Parker 51 Special: modern fantasy pen, a customized 1950s Parker fitted with new aftermarket hard rubber barrel and transparent acrylic hood; original Octanium alloy nib, polished stainless steel cap, chrome plated trim, Aerometric filler. Pitting to clip plating, otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 2000/1959 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $250
12502: Parker 51 Special: modern fantasy pen, a customized 1950s Parker fitted with new aftermarket hard rubber barrel, transparent acrylic hood, and pearlescent cap jewel; original Octanium alloy nib, 1960s Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, Aerometric filler.
DATE: c. 2000/1959 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $250