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 Feather Clip, Double Cap Banding, Bottom Tassel and 14K Split Arrow NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished & Waxed the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the finish of the fountain pen.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in good condition with no cracks or repairs. The cap has the Gold Filled Feather Arrow clip with just a hint of brassing at the very top of the clip. The Double Cap Banding displays a wonderful gold filled with no brassing. The top and bottom jewels are black and polished to high shine. The jeweled blind cap securely fits. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Parker Vacumatic and a date code of 1938 in the 3rd quarter". The transparency of the barrel is fair and one can easily see through the barrel, albeit with heavy ambering. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Parker Vacumatic Shadow Wave Fountain Pen is Junior Model in the larger (girthier) size that measures 4 7/8" in length capped and 5 7/8" posted.
The Lockdown Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 7 to 10 presses and it will fill full. The Lock Down Filling Unit is proper for this 1st Generation Vac which operates smoothly and works as it was designed to. I have greased the filling unit to provide continuous smooth operation for years to come.
The NIB is a 14K Parker Split Arrow and has the date code for 1938 which makes this a marriage to the barrel. The 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .72mm, measured with digital calipers. It is an extremely smooth writing pen, I cannot emphasize this enough. When writing a sample the NIB writes with a fine/medium to a broad line. The writing sample provided in the image has the fine/medium stroke that measures .59mm and can flex to a roughly 1.22mm with 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.
This is a 1st Generation (1933 to 1938) Parker Vacumatic Shadow Wave Fountain Pen in the Burgundy color that was only produced for roughly 6 months in 1938. This Parker is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection. I would grade this Parker Vacumatic in Very Fine to Excellent Condition and is a great addition to your Shadow Wave Collection.
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