Vintage Pens: Parker 51 Desk Pen

Vintage Pens: 0724 Parker 51 Desk Pen
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Believe it or not, we found this Parker 51 in a shoebox at an estate sale. The tail appears to be made of solid silver. There are no marks proving its silver content, but it tarnishes, looks and feels like silver. The tail has no marks of manufacture. It looks "organic" in art-world jargon. We are pretty sure Parker didn't make it. It looks a little like something Ariel Kullock would make, but it isn't signed in any way. And the collection it came with was really old and low-rent. It might have been made by some lone jeweler or craftsman many years ago. The barrel, hood and 14k gold nib are all decidedly Parker. The barrel has a 1946 date code. We restored the pen with a new diaphragm. The tail taper screws on tightly; we just left it a little loose so you could see the design better. The nib writes an amazingly smooth and extra-fine line. We bought the base separate from the pen, but they make a good fit. Light to moderate wear on both the pen hood/barrel and base. No chips or cracks.