As those of you who have been around this blog for a while will remember, I’m not especially enamoured of the Parker 51, nor, indeed, of hooded-nib pens in general. I’m making an exception for this set:
Everything about this set suggests that it has been treasured. The pen and pencil are in wonderful condition and the box is pristine. The little I know about Parker 51s includes that the Aerometrics had a long production run, from 1950 to 1969. At its last possible date of production, then, this set is 43 years old. In all probability it’s older. I know a few forty-three-year-olds and none of them look as good as this!