I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, collector, breather tube, hood, cap, barrel and NIB. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Lustraloy Cap, Nickel Plated Split Arrow Diamond Clip, Clutch Ring, 14K Parker NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, blind cap and hood to bring back the vibrancy of fountain pen and to protect the celluloid. This Parker 51 measures 5 1/2" capped and 6 1/8" posted.
The fountain pen cap, barrel, blind cap and hood are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The Lustraloy Cap displays the Coin Stacked Banding and Nickel Plate Clip. The clip, at the very tip, displays some minor wear. The cap has no denting and no scratches, way below average use considering the age of the cap. The Cap has a pearlized jewel that has been polished to high shine. The barrel is stamped on two lines, "PARKER 51 MADE IN U.S.A. with date code T6 in the third quarter". There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. The clutch ring is in amazing condition and retains the center gold plating.
I have tested the Vacumatic filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The filling system, typically in my tests with water, will fill nearly full in roughly 7 to 10 presses. The filling unit operates as it was originally intended to and smoothly.
The Parker NIB is 14K and writes great. The actual writing portion of the 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .68mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine line. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures at .53mm when measuring with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This vintage Parker 51 Vacumatic Fountain Pen is a gorgeous example from Parker with an uncommon Jeweler's Coin Stacked Band. I would consider this Parker to easily grade in Excellent Condition. It is ready to write or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
NOTE: There is no blind cap / barrel / hood discoloration - the reflection off the camera body may give the appearance the color is not matching, but I will assure the color is matching across the pen hood, barrel and blind cap.
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