For your consideration, we are offering for sale this Restored 1936 Parker Senior Vacumatic Fountain Pen in the Emerald Pearl Celluloid. This is a very high cachet Parker Senior Fountain Pen (not to be confused with Senior Maxima or Vacuum-Filler Senior). Essentially a one-year model was produced in 1936 with a few stragglers in Q1 of 1937. It is a standard-girth pen with longer parts than the Standard, with greater streamlining at the ends, the hallmark finding is the wide middle cap band, the only three-band Vacumatic to sport such a finding.
The nib, feed, and breather tube have been ultrasonically cleaned. I replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. I have cleaned, buffed, and polished the celluloid, gold-filled clip, and 3-ring cap band (narrow-wide-narrow). There are absolutely no chips, cracks, or repairs to this fountain pen with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The Emerald Pearl color is simply beautiful with vibrant green coloring. The top and bottom jewels are striped to match the cap, barrel, section, and blind cap of the fountain pen. The gold-filled clip and cap banding does display some wear but everything has been polished to a high shine. This Parker Vacumatic is a Senior that measures 5 1/4" capped and 6 1/8" posted.
The barrel is lightly stamped/worn with, "GEO. S. PARKER PARKER VACUMATIC MADE IN U.S.A. - the date code is nearly non-existent and I can barely make out the 6 (for 1936)". The barrel transparency is fantastic, a person can easily see through the barrel, albeit with minor ambering. The blind cap securely fits. The cap and barrel are free of any personalizations or monograms.
This Parker Vacumatic retains the correct "Lockdown" filling unit that was produced for 1st Generation Vacumatics and works flawlessly. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 12-15 presses to fill full. I have greased the filling unit so it operates smoothly.
This Parker Vacumatic Parker has the split arrow 14K Gold nib that has a fine point that measures .58mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine to medium stroke/line. In the writing sample provided, the stroke/line ranges from .56mm to .72mm with firm pressure when measuring with digital calipers. The Parker nib is a proper factory replacement nib and writes with a smooth stroke. The writing 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 Parker Blue Ink.
I would consider this Parker Vacumatic Senior to be in Fine to Very Fine Condition. Some of the gold-plated trim displays minor wear and the imprint is light. These imperfections make this a $450 pen compared to an $800 pen. That said, this fountain pen in the "Senior" size is very scarce. I have owned more Vacumatic stamped Cap Banding Fountain Pens than I have owned Seniors (not to be confused with a Senior Maxima). It certainly is a very scarce Parker Vac in a hard-to-find color that would make a fine addition to one's Vac collection!
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