Vintage Pens: Parker 51

Vintage Pens: 3878 Parker 51
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $149.99
Parker 51 pens revolutionized the vintage pen world several times over. When first released in 1941, they were advertised as being 10 years ahead of their time. A hooded nib that helped prevent ink evaporation and a sleek, aerodynamic design made it an instant hit. Then in the late 1940s, the pens switched from Vacumatic fillers to Aerometric fillers, such as the one in this pen. A simple, internalized squeeze filler with a "pli-glass" (silicone) ink sac that rarely gives out made the pen even more popular. Ours comes has a dent-free 1/10 12k gold-filled cap with peaked pinstripes. The hood and barrel show wear from use but nothing egregious. It looks as if it has a faded 1955 date code. Its 14k gold nib writes a very smooth, fine line with a good flow. 13.6cm capped.