The Parker Vacumatic was made in England from 1947 to 1948. This example is stamped as an English made Parker "51" alomg with the patent number. All English made 51 Vacumatics were fitted with a cap bearing a long 'transition' arrow clip, the 'Blue Diamond' clip was never used in England.
The pen is finished in 'India Black', this was changed to simply 'black' when the Aerometric version was introduced. The cap is made from 'Lustralloy' with a chrome plated clip and pearl coloured cap stud.
The pen has been fully disassembled and restored, including a new filler diaphragm. It is in excellent condition throughout, with an excellent surface and ding free cap. The 14Ct Gold nib writes with a firm, fine line. The hooded nib on the 51 precludes any flexibility but, even on fine nibs, Parker were able to provide a pleasing, slightly 'soft' feel.
Demand, in England, for Parker 51s in the post war period was very high and the company produced adverts explaining the difficulties in post war production and asking for patience. Parker 51s appeared on the 'black market' at inflated prices until the company caught up with demand.
Vacumatic Parker 51s, particularly those made in England, are now quite difficult to find and one in such outstanding condition doesn't come along very often. This is a handsome and practical pen, wich, although in collectabe condition, would make a great every day writer with a good deal of prestige.