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 Arrow Clip, 3-Ring Cap Banding, Tassie and 14K 2-Tone NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, section, cap, blind cap, and striped jewels to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of the fountain pen.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. The cap is always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the Arrow Feather clip and the 3-ring gold filled cap bands. The gold filled trim has all been polished and does not display any brassing. The top and bottom jewels and the section carry the same striped design as the barrel and cap and look great. The barrel imprint is clear, "MADE IN CANADA VACUMATIC PAT. NO. 318982 REG T.M. OTHER PATENTS PENDING with 1936 date code in the 1st Quarter". The transparency of the barrel is good albeit there is mild ambering but a person can easily see through the barrel. There are no personalizations or monograms on the barrel or cap. This Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen is a 1st Generation Standard Fountain Pen that measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6" posted.
The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 8 to 10 presses and it will fill to nearly 3/4 full. This Parker has the correct 1st Generation Lockdown Filling Unit. I have greased the filling mechanism and it now works smoothly and flawlessly.
This Parker has a 14K Canadian Flexible Nib that writes fabulously - very fun to write with a parker with a flexible Nib! The 14K Parker 2-Tone NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .88mm when measured with digital calipers. The NIB has the Golden two-tone arrow NIB; most of the platinum plating is intact. I would say roughly 85% of the Platinum plating is still intact. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine to a triple broad stroke line and smoothly I might add. The writing sample provided in the listing images, the fine horizontal strokes measures .46mm and the triple broad stroke measures at 2.11mm when measured with digital calipers. The sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was completed 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.
Finding these early Parker Vacumatic fountain pens are harder and harder to find, especially in this type of condition. The pen has the high cachet features such as; striped jewels, striped section, 3-Ring Cap Banding, clean trim, and a scarce Parker Flexible Nib. This Parker is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection. I grade this Parker Golden Pearl Standard Size Fountain Pen in Excellent Condition.
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