A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were browsing through a local antique store. She loves antiques and antique shopping. I enjoy going along to search for things that recall childhood memories. As I walked past a bowl of ink pens, I noticed a Parker pen and pencil set marked “Dad”, so I knew this set was important to someone years ago. I took a closer look and the merchant had marked the caps “Sterling Silver.” The price: $18 for the set.
A quick search on my iPhone revealed that this set was a Parker 51, probably from the 1940′s or 1950′s, so I bought the set. Not a great photo, but this is what the set looked like when I bought it:
I am not a pen collector (yet), but I remembered a few fountain pens my grandmother showed me many years ago that had belonged to my grandfather. Excited about my purchase, I had no clue about how to have them restored. After a post on social media, Richard Myers, a long-time friend, recommend Sean Nicholson, owner of Write On Time Vintage Pens, Watches and Restorations. Within a few minutes, the magic of Facebook had connected us, and I sent my pens to Sean for restoration.
Within a week, Sean had completely restored my set and I had them back in my hands. My initial response: WOW! AMAZING! Here are the pictures (taken by Sean):