The NIB, Feed, Section and Breather Tube have been ultrasonically cleaned. I replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Gold Filled Blue Diamond Split Arrow Clip, Chevron Cap (///\\\) Banding, 14K Parker NIB, and bottom tassel. I have Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy of fountain pen and to protect the celluloid. This Parker Vacumatic is a Senior Maxima that measures 5 3/8" capped and 6 1/8" posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The Burgundy Pearl color is simply beautiful with vibrant Burgundy Peal color. The cap has the Blue Diamond Split Arrow Gold Filled Clip with the Chevron Cap Banding displaying no brassing. The top and bottom jewels are striped to match the cap, barrel and blind cap of the fountain pen and have been polished to a high shine. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "GEO. S. PARKER PARKER VACUMATIC with the MADE IN U.S.A. with date code 9 (for 1939) in the First Quarter". The barrel transparency is water clear - this barrel has never seen ink. The blind cap securely fits. The cap and barrel are free of any personalizations or monograms.
This Parker Maxima Vacumatic retains the correct "Speedline" filling unit that was produced for 2nd Generation Vacumatic and works flawlessly. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The Speedline Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 12-15 presses to fill nearly 7/8 full. I have greased the filling unit so it operates smoothly.
This Parker Vacumatic NIB is 14K Gold with a medium point that measures .60mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine line. In the writing sample provided, the stroke/line ranges from .55mm to .58mm with firm pressure when measuring with digital calipers. The nib on the Maxima writes smoothly. 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 Quink Blue Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This Parker Burgundy Pearl Senior Maxima Fountain Pen doesn't get much better, this Parker Vac Maxima - the celluloid is vibrant and looks incredible, has the striped jewels, and the barrel has excellent water clear transparency. I would consider this Maxima to be grade in Excellent+ to Near Mint Condition. It is ready to write or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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