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 Blue Diamond Clip, 1/10 14K Gold Filled Cap and 14K NIB. Buffed and Polished the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy of fountain pen. This Parker Vacumatic Imperial is a Debutante size which measures 4 15/16" in length capped and 5 3/4" posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The cap has the split arrow gold filled Blue Diamond clip and is stamped with 1/10 14K Gold Filled. The cap features a "51"-style cap but with cap threads, not a clutch setup, and features an hourglass shaped gripping section with threads at the very bottom on the section. The cap has a cartouche, which has never been monogrammed. There are absolutely no dings or dents to the cap. The top and bottom jewels are black and have been polished to display a lovely shine. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. with date code 0 in the first quarter". The transparency of the barrel is excellent with mild ambering - an individual can easily see through the barrel. The blind cap securely fits and hides the proper lock down filling unit. The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 4-6 presses to fill 3/4 full.
The Parker NIB is a 14K gold split arrow NIB with a date code of 9 in the first quarter. The iridium is great and creates a smooth writing experience. The 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .86mm, measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample the NIB writes with a medium to a broad stroke line, which is very smooth. The writing sample provided, the thinnest line measures at .60mm and the broad line measured with digital calipers is .99mm with medium pressure. The sample was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This is a beautiful vintage example of the Parker Vacumatic Imperial Fountain Pen. It is a hard to find variant in the Vacumatic family. The color is great and the cap is exquisite. I would grade this fine writing instrument in Excellent Condition. It is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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