These are New Pen Site Updates of the latest items that have to do with the Parker Pen Company. They are not all necessarily related to the Parker “51”, but should be of interest to the collector. I will eventually move the items to the different pages of the site.
A pre-production circa 1940 Parker “51” set recently found “in the wild” in Washington state. Cordovan with smooth gold filled caps, brushed finished with polished bands. Caps are perfect, with nearly 100% of original finish and just some tarnish on pen cap lip. Both caps are imprinted at top with aluminum jewels. Sharply imprinted on blindcap, but with no date code. Cap on pen has the early 4-window long clutch.
A very early near mint circa 1941 Parker “51” “first year” set recently found “in the wild” in California. Green barrels, perfectly matched in colors, most likely made of the same lucite material. Early pencil with no gripping lines. Caps are the rare “watermelon” pattern in pink and yellow gold with raised polished gold filled bands. Caps are perfect except for some tarnish under the pen clip, with 100% of original finish. Sharp 1st quarter 1941 imprint and aluminum jewels.
A near mint circa 1944 Parker “51” “Coronet” solid 14k yellow and pink gold set recently found “in the wild” in southern Illinois. Probably the rarest 51 pattern out there. Very few sets have been found in this stunning pattern. Set is as found, with single jewel pen barrel.
A very rare, all original 1943 Parker “51” in hand hammered Sterling Silver recently found “in the wild” in Ohio. Not cataloged by Parker and often reproduced, it is a very hard cap to find and identify for the novice collector.
A circa 1950s Parker “51” Italian-made Jeweler’s overlay. Only markings are Laminato Oro (gold filled) and a serial “2472”. High quality pen over US-made components.
A circa 1954 Parker “51” prototype jotter ballpoint pen with forest green barrel and lustraloy cap. I found this pen at a recent show and my first reaction was “who made this?” until I saw the engraving on the cap. The cap states “IL-514, 2-25-54”. Obviously a machine shop model. Different from standard production, including the mechanism inside the cap. The barrel is longer than the “51” jotter and the cap is actually a size in between the full size and demi pencil caps. (3/9/09)
A circa 1948 Parker “51” protype aerometric filler fountain pen with lustraloy cap and bright red barrel. This pen is the same size as the Parker “51” Vacumatic Demis and the caps are interchangeable. The bright red color never went into production. Note the unmarked filler shroud. (5/11/08)
A Parker VS fountain pen with a clear amber barrel and solid ends. I recently acquired this pen as a curiosity and have shown it around with no solid leads as to what it is. (12/7/07)
A Parker “51” fountain pen with a blue diamond on barrel. I have often heard that the early deskpens were sold as convertible to a pocket version. All the deskpens with a blue diamond on the barrel that I have seen never have a date code. This pocket pen is unusual in that it has a clear imprint with a 1945 date code. (12/7/07)
A Parker “51” ballpoint recently found in a lot from an ex-Parker employee in research and development. Undocumented item never produced. (9/9/06)
A Parker “51” capillary demonstrator with shop numbers recently found in a lot from an ex-Parker employee in research and development with documentation dated 1955. Undocumented item never produced. (9/9/06)
A Parker “51” aerometric demonstrator New Old Stock recently found in a lot from an ex-Parker employee in research and development. (9/9/06)
A Parker “61” demonstrator recently found in a lot from an ex-Parker employee in research and development. “First Edition” cap. No jewel at end of barrel, but instead a has a mesh pattern. (9/9/06)
A Parker “61” prototype with matching pencil recently found in a lot from an ex-Parker employee in research and development. Note “61” under the nib. (9/9/06)
A Parker “61” prototype matching pencil with smooth gold filled cap recently found in a lot from an ex-Parker employee in research and development. (9/9/06)
A Parker “VP” with early winged nib and very unusual striped barrel recently found in a lot from an ex-Parker employee in research and development. Also note the “51” clip on the VP cap. (9/9/06)
A Parker “51” recently found with Coin Silver cap, but the blue diamond has been cut out and replaced with a real diamond. Barrel is dated 1944. Jeweler’s job or special order? (9/4/06)
A standard Parker Vacumatic with tape from dealer stating “Here’s my pen for your retirement offer”. At one point during the Parker “51” promotion, Parker offered to take in your old Vacumatic in partial exchange for a new Parker “51”. The pen has no nib, so Parker must have at least removed that for scrap. (9/4/06)
The collector on top is completely translucent yellow, compared to a regular clear collector. A stained or ambered collector? The color seems too even and consistant to be so. I found it while doing a restoration on a “51” and it really jumps out when first looked at. (9/4/06)
Last year I was able to locate the above Parker “51” first year pen. It is unique in that it is not Buckskin but a Mauve color with black specks, giving it a granite look. No, it is not discolored as the color is nice and even throughout, even under the cap. To my surprise, a collector brought to my attention the above pencil, as he thought the color was strange. Guess what? It is a perfect match colorwise, and even has the same black specks!
This pen came from the holdings of a retired Parker employee. It does not appear to be Parker production as the nib is marked “Delta”, but it is interesting that Parker was seriously looking at what other competitors were doing for fillers or maybe at how close the were copying the “51”.