I have ultrasonically cleaned the feed and breather tube. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Gold Filled Feather Clip, Gold Filled Two Ring Cap Banding, and 14K NIB. I have cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of fountain pen.
Parker Vacuum-Fillers are considered to have been manufactured approximately 7 months which lead to the eventual manufacturing of Vacumatic, proper, in July 1933. Parker Fountain Pens marked "Vacuum-Filler" are scarce/rare fountain pens within the Parker Vacumatic genre - this being a "stubby" version is even more desirable. The first Vacuum-Filler illustrated in ads (March 1933), has what would be high -line features in later Vacumatic pens- striped barrel, striped section, and jewels.
This fountain pen is in magnificent condition with no cracks or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. NOTE: The section and barrel are one piece. The cap has the Feather Clip and the Double Cap Bands that display great gold-filled color. The Clip tassel area displays a minor amount of wear on the lower edging but want to be transparent and point it out. The top and bottom jewels are striped and have been polished to a lustrous shine. The barrel is stamped, albeit light, with, "GEO S. PARKER PARKER VACUUMFILLER MADE IN USA PAT.". The jeweled blind cap securely fits. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. This Parker Vacuum Filler Fountain Pen would be considered the "Stubby size" model and measures 4 3/8" in length capped and 5 1/4" posted. This pen has great color, clean clip, cap-bands, and bottom tassie ring.
This Vacuum Filler has the correct lock down filling unit that was used in these production models. The Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 7-12 presses and it will fill full. This filling unit has been greased and now operates smoothly and works flawlessly.
This Parker has the 14K U.S.A. Parker Split Arrow NIB. This NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .55mm when measured with digital calipers and will write with a wet line. When writing a sample, this NIB writes with a fine line to medium stroke. The writing sample provided in the image has the fine stroke that measures .46mm and will flex to a medium stroke of roughly .88mm with medium pressure. The sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Montblanc Blue Ink.
If you collect Parker Vacumatics then you know how hard it is to find a Vacuum Filler in the Burgundy Pearl. Even more difficult is finding a "STUBBY" version which I have only had 3 in 15 years of collecting. I would grade this Parker Vacuum Filler Very Fine to Excellent Condition. This is a collector-worthy Parker Stubby VacuumFiller is ready to write with or just add to your writing arsenal collection.
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