Saturday, February 18, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 465

 I'm still working on the blog post about our meeting on Thursday, so here's one last review from Christopher to tide you over. Our thanks to Christopher for all of his reviews -- more recently, and in the past!

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

He writes: "Although ballpoints have not been my main focus of vintage pen collecting, I will admit that I do have a special place in my heart for the Parker Jotter. Attractive, well designed and dependable are the benchmarks of the Jotter. And may I add that it has definitely stood the test of time. And if you require a new refill to fit even the first year of Jotter production, 1954, a simple trip to any number of stores in most cities will do you proud and keep your faithful Parker Jotter writing at its best. 

Still, I have been after a all metal Jotter that comes off as a gold pen. And as luck would have it, the other day I happened on just the one. Finished throughout in 1/10th 12K gold filled, it just happened to be a cap-activated 51 complete with the pearlized grey plastic cap jewel. The Parker arrow clip is unmistakably the 51. And vertically down the cap and barrel are repeated groups of chased lines which identifies this fine pen as one of the Custom models. As for dating, I would have to say mid 1950s. So you can bet that I will be visiting my local office supply shop to acquire a Parker refill to get this golden beauty up and writing."

The Parker 51 'Jotter' was discontinued many years ago, but the Parker 'Jotter'  ballpoint is still going strong after 69 years; it now comes in a multitude of colours/finishes (and two sizes---standard and 'XL'), so check it out next time you're in a pen shop or office supply store!

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