I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, collector, hood, and breather tube. Replaced the old rubber diaphragm with a new one. This Parker 51 fountain pen measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6" posted.
The fountain pen cap, barrel, and hood are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. The 14K Gold Empire Cap is the 2-Tone style with no denting, just some minor scratching that commensurates with the age of the pen. The Parker clip is the Blue Diamond style and is also stamped 14K. The barrel is very clean, again with no damage, nicks, scratches, or repairs. The cap has a Honey jewel that has a high shine. The clutch ring retains the gold wash centering. The cap is stamped with, "14K GOLD MADE IN U.S.A.". The barrel is stamped with, PARKER 51 MADE IN THE U.S.A. with a date 8 (for 1948) in the 3rd Quarter". There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel.
The Vacumatic Filling System has been completely restored and works wonderfully. When testing the Filling System with water - roughly 5-7 presses and the filling unit will nearly fill. The filling unit operates as it was originally intended to and without issue.
The actual writing portion of the 14K Parker NIB has an extra-fine point measuring roughly .41mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine line of approximately .53mm to a medium .67mm line variation 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-Black Ink.
I have to say this Parker 51 Double Jewel Fountain Pen with Empire Cap is fantastic - if you are a Parker 51 collector, it is a must-have set for your collection. I would consider this set in Very Fine to Excellent Condition - This is a HOLY GRAIL Parker 51 due to the Empire Cap - it is ready to write or just add to your prized writing arsenal collection.
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