Size: Capped - 5 7/16 inches; posted - 6 3/16 inches.
A lovely glossy English India black Parker 51 set in very good condition. Both pen and pencil are in excellent condition with no damage at all noted to either piece. The all-gold-filled caps are decorated with the "converging line" pattern - they have no brassing or noticeable scratches. The barrels are scratchless and very glossy. Both caps have a clear grey top jewel with a gold filled Parker arrow pocket clip.
The barrel unscrews to reveal the Aerometric filler which is in excellent undamaged and shiny condition. The original pliglass ink sac is still installed and has just the usual internal ink staining. The barrel has a shallow but complete imprint at the forward end. This is an English-made set and the date for 1956 is still clear. The gold hooded nib is in a broad point and made from 14 carat gold.
This is a repeater pencil. The cap pulls off to reveal an apparently unused, but well petrified, pink eraser. I have installed a fresh 0.9mm lead in the clutch mechanism. Check my accessories page for extra spare leads to fit this pencil. The pencil works perfectly but pressing down on the cap.
This is the sought-after L1 case finished in tan coloured faux lizard skin, with the full satin interior. As you can see from the photos, this has sadly become discoloured with age spotting over the last 60 or so years. It is structurally in excellent condition though.
I have fully serviced this set. The nib writes very smoothly. It works very well and produces a wet and consistent broad width line.
The '51 Custom pens are very hard to find in nice condition. This one has the advantage of a matching pencil and the original presentation box.