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 Sterling Silver Cap & Gold Filled Arrow Blue 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 very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The Sterling Silver Cap is lined with Deco Banding at the lip. The cap is clearly stamped with, "STERLING SILVER MADE IN U.S.A.". The cap has no major denting and very little light scratches, way below average considering the age of the cap. The hood has a "mar" where the inside of the cap would rub - the images have a difficult time picking it up but I want to point it out for clarity sake. The Blind Cap and Sterling Cap have the plastic jewels that have been polished to high shine. I wanted to point out the collector, it is not the standard clear type, this one is a mustard color, which is a unique feature. The barrel is stamped on two lines, "PARKER 51 MADE IN U.S.A. with date code 4 in the second quarter". There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. The clutch ring no longer 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 actual writing portion of the 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .74mm 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 .48mm 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 Blue-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 the marked 14K Clip. I would consider this Parker to easily grade in Very Fine to 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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