Parker "51" Vacumatic Filler "First Year" The Parker "51" commonly referred to as a "First Year" pen is really a pen from late through They can be easily distinguished from later production by several unique characteristics. All pens of this period are double jewels, meaning that they have a decorative "jewel" at the top of the cap and at the end of the barrel. The imprint on the majority of these pens is at the end of the barrel, near the decorative "jewel", all in one line. They may or may not have a "1" datecode after the imprint.
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In the Parker Pipe Co Limited was formed by Alfred Dunhill to finish and market what Dunhill called its "failings" or what has come to be called by collectors as seconds. Previous to that time, Dunhill marketed its own "failings", often designated by a large "X" over the typical Dunhill stamping or "Damaged Price" with the reduced price actually stamped on the pipe. In , the remaining shares of Hardcastle were obtained, but it was not until when Parker-Hardcastle Limited was formed. It is evident through the Dunhill factory stamp logs that Parker and Dunhill were closely linked at the factory level through the s, yet it was much more than a few minor flaws that distinguishing the two brands. Most Dunhill "failings" would have been graded out after the bowl turning process exposed unacceptable flaws.
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In the Duofold was changed again when the metallic button on the filler was transformed into an aluminium rod, rather than a button as such. This new pen was called The AF Duofold , aluminium filler. With this pen the tassie ring was also discontinued and the blind cap became rounded, like on later Vacumatics. Parker began offering matching pencils aswell. The colour scheme was also simplified.
The colours of the Vacumatic Parker 51's and the Aerometric Parker 51's. There are two easy ways to date the early Parker "51". First, starting in , the year of making was printed at the bottom of the tubular nib, but of course dating from the nib is inexact at best, as the nib is one of the most frequently replaced parts. The small digit denotes the year of making for the barrel.