Parker sold over 20 millions "51" pens,
I thought it was about time to make a color identification
chart of the avaiable colors.
of all I want to thank Len Provisor who took his
time to compare my first versions of the color
charts with actual pens of his collection. It's
nice to see that people of the Pentrace community
help you out on the spot with projects like this.
I haven't seen all the colors in real life, Len
advised me so I still could come up with a pretty
realistic chart . After some "colorful"
e-mail exchanges we came to the conclusion that
the colors shown below are pretty close to the
colors (e.g. Nassau green) tend to discolor in
some cases so, parts or the whole pen may look
different, but the characteristics of the colors
have divided the colors into two parts, Part I
for the Vacumatic versions of the Parker 51 (1941-48)
and Part II for the later Aeromatic Parker 51
(1947-72) including two prototype colors which
were used on slightly smaller Parker 51 sets ("Blood
Red" and "Light Blue") test-sold
are rumors about a bright purple (beeing different
from the "Plum"-color) and a blue
green (different than "Nassau Green"
or "Teal" ), but I haven't
found any useful information to replicate those
rarity is in the case of the 51 pen mostly depending
on the cap style, threre are still some colors
which aren't found as often as others:
Above mentioned prototype colors
- Completely or partially (only the hood/gripping
section) transparent Demonstrators
- Nassau Green and Mustard are somewhat rare (in
good condition because of its discoloration)
- I haven't come across Buckskin Beige either
- Plum (not to be confused with Burgundy or even
Cordovan Brown; Plum was listed as a different
color beside Burgundy in some Parker catalogues)
colors aren't as common as black and grey but
still wouldn't be considered rare in my opinion.
The information here is as accurate as possible,
but you should not take it as absolutely authoritative.