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 Clip, Two Ring Cap Banding and 14K NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, cap and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of fountain pen. This Parker Vacumatic is a junior size that 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 gold filled clip and the two-ring cap band; each area displays a rich gold filled color with no brassing. The top jewel is black and has been polished to bring back a gorgeous shine. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. with date code 7 in the third quarter". The transparency of the barrel marvelous - it is near water clear with only a slight hint of ambering. The blind cap securely fits. There are no monograms or personalizations to the cap or barrel.
The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 7-9 presses to fill 7/8 full. I have greased the filling unit so it operates smoothly and now operates flawlessly.
The Parker NIB is a 14K gold split arrow NIB. The actual writing portion of the 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .69mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample, this NIB writes with a fine/medium to double broad stroke line. The writing sample provided, the fine/medium line measures at .58mm with digital calipers under normal pressure and the double broad stroke measures 1.31mm when measured with digital calipers under 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.
This vintage Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen displays a vibrant Azure / Blue Pearl color and the barrel transparency is fantastic. I would grade this Parker easily to grade Excellent and close to Near Mint Condition. This Vacumatic is in ready to write condition or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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