I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, collector, breather tube, hood, and barrel. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand cleaned the Cap & Blue Diamond Arrow Clip, Clutch Ring, and 14K Parker NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, and Polished the barrel and hood to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of fountain pen. This Parker 51 is Full Size and measures 5 3/8" capped and 5 7/8" posted. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel.
This fountain pen cap, barrel, and hood are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The cap has one very shallow ding that is hard to photograph. The cap is a 1/10 16K Gold Filled type with the Blue Diamond Split Arrow Clip that displays no wear. The cap is clearly stamped with, "1/10 16K Gold Filled Made in U.S.A." just above the lip of the cap. The barrel is stamped clearly, "PARKER 51 Made in U.S.A. T6 date for 1946 in the 3rd Quarter".
This Parker 51 has the Vacumatic Filling System that has been rebuilt. 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 10-13 presses.
The Parker NIB has a date code for 1946 and is a 14K fine The actual writing portion (iridium) of the 14K Parker NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .53mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine to medium line. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures .45mm on the down and upward strokes and .65mm on the horizontal strokes when measured 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.
This Parker 51 in India Black is gorgeous and the restoration came out wonderfully. It is a Classic Parker Pen that would make any Black Pen Society member a proud owner. I would consider this Parker to be in Excellent Condition. It is certainly ready to write with or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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