This Parker Vacumatic provides not so often seen variant features for typical vacumatics. Known only from 1945 (and maybe 1946) are 3rd generation striped Vacumatic pens with seamed plastic, with distinct line indicating wrapped celluloid. Possibly an experiment by Parker. Fountain Pens are found with 1) seamed cap, 2) with seamed barrel and 3) seamed cap and barrel. This particular Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen has the seamed cap and barrel. This is a quite decent example combining interesting features that collectors do not often witness.
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 Split Arrow Blue Diamond Clip, Chevron Cap Band and 14K Split Arrow NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of the fountain pen. This Parker Vacumatic is a major size, which measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6" posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the Split Arrow Blue Diamond Gold Filled Clip and the Chevron Cap Banding that shine and display no brassing. The top jewel is black and looks great with a high shine. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. however the date code very faint with a 1945 date code in the fourth quarter". The transparency of the barrel is good, an individual can see through the barrel, albeit with medium to heavy ambering. The blind cap securely fits. The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests, with water about 5-7 presses to fill full.
The Parker NIB is a 14K gold split arrow NIB and has a fine point measuring roughly .56mm when measured with digital calipers. The Parker NIB displays the date code for 1945 in the fourth quarter, which indicates the barrel and NIB are a marriage / match. When writing a sample the NIB writes with a fine to double broad stroke line. The writing sample provided, the thinnest line measures at .49mm and the double broad line is 1.18mm with firm to medium pressure when measured with digital calipers. 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 cloth that I used to wipe clean the barrel and cap.
The color on this Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen display a gorgeous and vibrant Golden Pearl. This Parker Vacumatic would grade Excellent. Certainly a wonderful fountain pen with a collector variant of seamed / wrapped celluloid that is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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