I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, and breather tube. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Gold FIlled Feather Clip, Double Ring Cap Banding, Bottom Tassie, and 14K Split Arrow NIB. I have cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of the fountain pen.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in great condition with no cracks, chips, or repairs. The cap has the Gold Filled Feather Arrow clip that displays a bright finish with no wear. The Double Ring Cap Banding displays a wonderful bright finish - again with no wear. The top and bottom jewels are black and polished to a high shine. The jeweled blind cap securely fits. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "GEO. S. PARKER PARKER VACUMATIC MADE IN U.S.A. with a date code of 8 (for 1938 ) in the 1st quarter". The transparency of the barrel is great with only very minor ambering. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This 1st Generation Parker Vacumatic Shadow Wave Fountain Pen in the smaller of the two sizes known as the Juniorette and measures 4 3/4" in length capped and 5 7/8" posted. These 1st Generation Parker Shadow Wave Vacumatic pen where only produced for roughly 6-7 months before changing the design in the 2nd half of 1938, this is a tough pen to acquire and my first like it in my 15 years of collecting.
The Lockdown Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 12-15 presses and it will fill full. The proper Lock-Down Filling Unit operates smoothly and works as it was designed to. I have greased the filling unit to provide continuous smooth operation for years to come.
The NIB is a 14K Parker Split Arrow that has a fine point measuring roughly .58mm, measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample the NIB writes with a fine to broad stroke/line. The writing sample provided in the image has the fine stroke that measures .55mm and can flex to roughly broad, .96mm, with normal to 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.
This is a 1st Generation (1933 to 1938) Parker Vacumatic Shadow Wave Fountain Pen in the Red Pearl color which is the hardest to acquire. It is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection. I would grade this Parker Vacumatic in Excellent Condition and is a great addition to your Shadow Wave Collection.
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