Someone was advertising a restored “51” with a gold-filled cap and burgundy barrel.
It was exactly like my father’s, or at least I thought so.
In addition, some test market colors never made it into production, such as the above mentioned green, an ultramarine blue and the newly discovered mauve shown below, speckled with black specks throughout the barrel and hood.
In addition, early pre-production pens from 1940 will not have a date code.
When I arrived, the seller was ready with his large leather pouch, displaying a dizzying array of overlays and oversize pens.