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 Feather Gold Plated Split Arrow Clip, 3-Ring Cap Banding, 14K PARKER U.S.A. Nib, and bottom tassel. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy of fountain pen and to protect the celluloid. This Parker Vacumatic is an Oversize model which measures 5 3/8" capped and 6 1/4" 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 Feather Split Arrow Gold Filled Clip with some minor brassing towards the top of the clip near the top edge of the feather design. The 3-Ring Cap Banding displaying no brassing and has a fabulous gold filled color. The top and bottle jewels are striped with both being polished to a high shine. The barrel is clearly stamped with, " VACUMATIC Made in CANADA PAT NO 318982 REG T.M. OTHER PATENTS PENDING with date code 5 (for 1935) in the first quarter ". The transparency on the barrel is excellent being nearly water clear.
The filling unit on this Parker is known as a "lockdown" filler. It is the proper filling unit for Parker 1st Generation Fountain Pens that were produced from 1932 to 1937. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The Lockdown Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 8 to 9 presses to nearly 7/8 full. I have greased the filling unit, so it operates smoothly.
The 14K Parker NIB provides a very smooth writing experience. The actual 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .67mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine to a double broad stroke/line. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures at .49mm and the double broad line measures at 1.39mm under firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The writing 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 one of those vintage Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pens you don't always get a chance to secure in your collection in the Burgundy Pearl Celluloid and 1st Generation Oversize. I would consider this Parker to be in Very Fine to Excellent Condition and it is the Big Boy of Vacumatics. It is restored and is ready to write with the fantastic smooth and semi-flexible Nib or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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