Size: Capped - 5 7/16 inches; posted - 6 1/8 inches.
A very pretty India black Parker 51 set. Both pieces are in excellent condition with no damage at all that I can see, save for those ever-present wispy marks you get in the cap frosting. The caps have no dings and the delicate frosting is still all there. The barrels are scratchless and very glossy. Both caps have a clear grey top jewel with a chrome plated short arrow Parker pocket clip. The cap lips are polished in contrast with the frosted cap bodies.
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 hooded nib is in a medium point and made from 14 carat gold.
This is a clutch action continuous feed pencil. It too is in excellent condition. The cap pulls off - below the cap is the original eraser holder with a partly used pink eraser still in it. There is a space to store spare leads below, and there are still quite a few spare 0.9mm leads in here. I have also installed a fresh 0.9mm lead in the clutch mechanism. To work the pencil, you press down on the cap to open the clutch and to allow the lead to advance.
The original box is in very good condition. It is my favourite style of Parker 51 box, with the faux-lizard skin exterior, brass-bound top and base, and pinky-cream coloured satin lining and pad. Just lovely, and still in excellent condition too!
I have fully serviced this set. The nib writes very smoothly, just how you would expect and hope a Parker 51 to write. It works very well and produces a wet and consistent medium width line.
This is an early Aerometric set - the pencil has a tiny but clear date code for 1952, and I have taken this as the estimate for the manufacture date of the set.