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We provide vintage fountain pens restored and ready to use today and vintage desktop items. Vintage fountain pens are by their very nature second, third or even fourth hand, condition will vary and this is stated and reflected in the price.

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Our Sold Archive provides information to budding vintage fountain pen/desktop item collectors and social history students and is a permanent record of items of interest that we have sold. It is also an opportunity for potential customers to view recently sold items. Should you wish us to try to source another copy of a previously sold item a contact e-mail link is provided.

Spotlight on: Parker 51 - Rare Buckskin Beige Duo

51 - Rare Buckskin Beige Duo Parker

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This rare vintage fountain pen and pencil set, part of a recently purchased collection, was made in the U.S.A. by Parker. It is a premier model Parker “51” Vacumatic fountain pen and pencil set in a colour Parker called Buckskin Beige – which some call Tan. The fountain pen is double “jewelled” denoting their top of the range pens at the time. The “jewel” is the grey pearlised plastic circle inset into the cap crown and the barrel end. The fountain pen gold filled cap carries the Parker “Blue Diamond” emblem which was Parker’s answer to the “Sheaffer white dot – guaranteed for life”. It has nine grouped vertical lines with a gap between, a smooth area for personalization and a chevron band at the cap lip. You will notice a join two thirds down the barrel which is where it unscrews to reveal the vacumatic plastic speedline pump filler. Also on the barrel near the clutch ring are the words “Parker ‘51” Made in U.S.A. 6. (denoting a production date of the third quarter of 1946). I noticed during restoration that the nib date is U.S.A.1948 so the nib was either changed at that date or Parker were still using 1946 production barrels in 1948. As the production volume of the premier range was much lower than that for the standard model it is likely that the latter is the case. So for listing purposes I have used 1948. The nib has a smooth medium point. The pencil has the same cap “jewel” but, as one would expect, no “Blue Diamond”. The cap has the same pattern and clear personalization lozenge. It is an expel/repel (rotary) pencil and is in working order. As you will see from the montage the set comes in the original hard cloth covered case. There is some age wear to the exterior and a watermark on the base. Internally it is pretty clean and the lid spring is still working well. Both fountain pen and pencil are in very good condition with some minor brassing to cap and trim. There are no dents or dings in the fountain pen cap but there are some pin prick dings in the pencil cap. The fountain pen measures 135mm with cap on and 150mm with cap on barrel end. The pencil measures 13mm. An important vintage fountain pen set, part of Parker’s history and an excellent addition to a vintage fountain pen collection. It will also serve well as an everyday writing set.  All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.

Source: Parker “51” – David and Mark Shepherd.

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Price: £655.00
Postage and packing
U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £8.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
The postage and packing charge is per order not per item, so if you buy more than one item you pay only one postage and packing charge (see our terms). These costs will be added to your invoice at checkout. Please select UK, Europe or World delivery to ensure you pay the right amount.

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