I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, collector, breather tube, hood, barrel, and NIB. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the 1/10 16K Gold Filled Cap & Gold Filled Arrow Diamond Clip, Clutch Ring, Blind Cap Tassel and 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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The 1/10 16K Gold Filled Cap has 4 line clusters. The cap is clearly stamped with, "1/10 16K GOLD FILLED MADE IN U.S.A.". The cap is in excellent condition. The Blind Cap and Cap have the plastic pearlized jewels that have been polished to a high shine. The barrel is stamped on two lines, "PARKER 51 MADE IN U.S.A. with date code 7, for 1947, in the second quarter". The clutch ring retains most of its gold plating in the center area. There are no monograms or personalizations to the cap, but the barrel is personalized with "Jeanette H. Smith".
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 actual writing portion of the 14K Parker NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .58mm 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 .56mm when measuring with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue 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 scarce color, Nassau Green, to add to one's collection. I would consider this Parker to 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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