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Parker 51, gold barrel


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#1 Werpon

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 14:35

Hi,

A few weeks ago, an aunt of mine found this Parker 51 in a drawer, in her basement. I'd say it has been there for the past 20 (30?) years... And now I've 'borrowed' it. cool.gif

It seems to be a Parker 51 with a gold or gold-filled barrel and cap. On the cap, it reads "1/10 12 ct. R. GOLD" and, below, "MADE IN ENGLAND".

It had been stored inked, so I had to flush it 30 times or so. And it still had gunk in the nib, so I cleaned it with a fine razor blade (and extra care) and now it's smoooth as silk. And it never skips!

Handling is very good, it's not nearly as heavy as I expected the first time I saw it. I'm not posting it for fear that I'll scratch it.

I'm afraid I haven't tested enough pens to rate this one, but I can attest that it writes much better than a Bic ballpen. roflmho.gif

And it's incredibly beautiful. I wish I had a better camera, because this pic doesn't do it justice.

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 20:07

Im not a big fan of rose gold - but that is an excellant find, take care of it and keep it, what ink do you use in it, if you go for red I can reccomend skrip as it woks well in my maroon P51, I take it that thats an aeromatic model?
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 20:15

QUOTE(Shelley @ Jul 4 2007, 04:07 PM) View Post
Im not a big fan of rose gold - but that is an excellant find, take care of it and keep it, what ink do you use in it, if you go for red I can reccomend skrip as it woks well in my maroon P51, I take it that thats an aeromatic model?



Th pen is not rose gold.... none of the "51"s were made in rose gold, just plain old normal gold... The R Gold stands for Rolled Gold
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#4 Werpon

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 21:01

Yep, it isn't rose gold. I use Waterman Florida Blue because it flows really well in this pen...

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 21:34

Beautiful pen. Congratulations on the find! smile.gif


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Posted 04 July 2007 - 22:01

Now you need to buy some more pens smile.gif

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 16:33

Pardon my lack of Parker 51 knowledge, but is this pen a vacumatic filler? I noticed what appears to be a seam for a blind cap. I thought that the Parker 51 signet/insignia pens were all aerometric.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 19:28

It's an aerometric filler, but it does have a slight mark there. It could probably be attributed to posting... if my aunt had ever used it. But it had been inked, so probably someone used it.

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 19:50

QUOTE(Werpon @ Jul 5 2007, 03:28 PM) View Post
It's an aerometric filler, but it does have a slight mark there. It could probably be attributed to posting... if my aunt had ever used it. But it had been inked, so probably someone used it.

That certainly explains it, because for a blind cap it looks too short. You might be able to clean that up with a good polishing. Congrats on that find--truly a beauty to write with for your lifetime. smile.gif

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