I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, breather tube, and barrel. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Gold Filled Split Arrow Clip, Gold Filled Chevron Cap Banding, and 14K Canadian NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of fountain pen. This Parker Vacumatic in the major size that measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6" posted. The burgundy pearl color is more vibrant on the barrel than the cap.
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 one tight hairline on the cap lip. The split arrow gold filled clip in excellent condition with no gold plate loss. The cap banding that is in good condition with some wear starting to occur on the lower cap banding. The top jewel is black and has been polished to bring back a gorgeous shine. The barrel imprint clear is some areas and others it is very faint; it is stamped with, "MADE IN CANADA PARKER VACUMATIC with the date code 52 (for 1952) in the third quarter - the Pat No and Reg TM imprints are very faint". The transparency of the barrel is fair and one can see through the barrel albeit with medium to heavy ambering. The blind cap securely fits. There are no monograms or personalizations to the cap or barrel.
The Vacumatic Filling System works very well, typically in my tests with water about 7-9 presses to fill full. I have greased the filling unit so it operates smoothly.
The Fountain Pen has a 14K Canadian Parker Split Arrow NIB that is semi-flexible. The actual writing portion (iridium) of the 14K Parker NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .46mm when measured with digital calipers and creates a smooth writing experience. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine to double broad stroke line. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures at roughly .47mm and the double broad stroke line measures 1.65mm when measured with digital calipers under medium to firm 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 Parker Quink Blue Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
I have breathed new life into this Vintage Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen for years to come and looks great. Finding a 3rd Generation Burgundy Pearl Vacumatic is harder and harder to find, I have found only four in 2 years. I would grade this Parker in Fine Condition and a better than average user grade example. It is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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