When it introduced the “51” in 1941, the George S. Parker Company knew it had a winner. The pen was stylish but not flashy, durable but not clunky, and reliable but not over engineered. Over the next 31 years, the pen proved itself immensely popular. Parker discontinued the “51” in 1972. Parker is believed to have sold between 20 and 50 million “51”s; the exact number is not known because the company apparently stopped counting after the first 12 million.
Compared to many fountain pens, both its contemporaries and more recent models, the “51”, with its monochrome plastics and its tiny nib that lies hooded within a shell, might be considered a Plain Jane. But the “51” was not designed to be an eye-catching display piece. It was designed to be an everyday, hardworking, trouble-free, reliable writer.
Good engineering discipline dictates that form should follow function, and Parker’s engineers and stylists apparently followed that dictum. They applied the best available technology in the most effective way possible to perform the very difficult task of writing under virtually any conceivable conditions, and the fact that so many Vacumatic-filling “51”s are still in use over 60 years since the last one was produced is a testament to their success.
Courtesy Richard Binder, www.richardspens.com

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1 51 Vac Fill Grey Fine Lusterloy VG $100.00
2 51 Vac Fill Grey XF Jewelers Band VG $135.00
3 51` Vac Fill Grey XF Jewelers Band VG $135.00
4 51 Vac Fill Grey Fine Lusterloy VG $100.00
5 51 Vac Fill Grey Fine Gold VG+ SOLD
6 51 Demi Vac Fill Cedar XF Lusterloy VG+ $110.00
7 51 Demi Vac Fill Cordovan Fine Lusterloy VG+ $110.00
8 51 P/P Set Vac Fill Cordovan Fine Sterling Silver Exc+ SOLD
9 51 Vac Fill Black Fine Lusterloy VG+ SOLD
10 51 Vac Fill Black Fine Coin Silver VG+ SOLD

 
11 51 Vac Fill Grey Fine Lusterloy VG+ $110.00
12 51 Demi Vac Fill Black Fine Lusterloy VG+ $110.00
13 51 Vac Fill Black Fine Signet Cap VG SOLD
14 Rare English 51 Vac Fill Black Fine Gold VG+ SOLD
15 51 P/P Set Vac Fill Grey Fine\XF Lusterloy Exc+ $150.00
16 51 Vac Fill Cedar Fine Lusterloy VG $100.00
17 51 Vac Fill Black Fine Jewelers Band VG+ SOLD
18 51 Vac Fill Cordovan XF/Fine Jewelers Band VG $135.00
19 51 Vac Fill Black Fine Jewelers Band VG SOLD
20 51 Vac Fill Black Fine Jewelers Band VG SOLD

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