I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, breather tube, cap and barrel. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Gold Filled trim, Arrow Clip, 3-Ring Cap Banding, 14K U.S.A. NIB and bottom tassel. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, cap and striped jewels to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of this fountain pen.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. The cap has the Gold Filled Arrow Feather clip and the 3 gold filled cap bands. The gold filled trim has all been polished and does not display any brassing. The top and bottom jewels carry the same striped design as the barrel and cap and look great. The section also carries through the striped design of the overall design of the pen. The barrel imprint is crisp and reads, "Geo. S. Parker Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. PAT with 1937 date code in the 1st Quarter". The transparency of the barrel is fantastic; albeit there is ambering. The cap fits securely to the barrel and the jeweled blind cap also securely fits. There are no personalizations or monograms on the barrel or cap. This Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen is a 1st Generation Standard Fountain Pen that measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6 1/4" posted.
The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 8 to 10 presses and it will fill to nearly 3/4 full. This Parker has the correct Lockdown filling unit and the filling mechanism works smoothly and flawlessly.
What sets this Parker Vacumatic apart and commands a premium, is that it packs one of the most unusual USA-manufactured Vac nibs i've had the pleasure to use. The nib is ultra-flex Broad. It starts Broad (can do a fine line with very light touch) and high flexes up to triple broad. It is a Amazing nib. The14K Parker USA NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .72mm when measured with digital calipers. The writing sample provided, the thinnest fine stroke / line measures at a medium .52mm and the largest broad stroke / line measures 2.52mm when measured with digital calipers with medium to firm pressure. The sample was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
Finding these early Parker Vacumatic fountain pens are harder and harder to find, especially in this type NIB and in excellent condition. It is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection. I grade this Parker Golden Pearl Celluloid Fountain Pen in Excellent Condition.
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