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 Nickel Plated Feather Clip, Three Ring Cap Band, Bottom Jewel Tassel, and 14K Parker NIB. Additionally, I cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel, cap, and blind cap to protect the celluloid bring back the vibrancy of this fountain pen.
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 color is a great silver and black color that really displays quite well. This cap displays the Split Arrow Nickel Plated Clip and Three Ring Cap Banding. There is very minor wear to the trim but have been polished to shine brightly. The top and bottom jewels are Silver Pearl & Black striped and been polished to bring back a beautiful shine. The barrel imprint is clearly stamped with, "GEO. S. PARKER PARKER VACUMATIC MADE IN USA. with Date code 6 (for 1936) in the 4th Quarter". The transparency of the barrel is very good and a person can easily see through the barrel, albeit with mild ambering. This Parker Vacumatic is a Standard size, which measures 5 1/4" in length capped and 6 1/8" posted.
This 1st Generation Parker Vacumatic has the correct Lock Down Filling Unit. The Vacumatic Filling System has been restored with a new diaphragm, filler unit greased, and threads cleaned. This Vacumatic Filling system now operates as it was originally intended to. Typically in my tests with water about 12-15 presses to fill the barrel full.
The Parker NIB is a 14K gold Split Arrow NIB. The actual writing portion (iridium) of the 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .68mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating a writing sample, the NIB writes with a fine to medium stroke. In the writing sample provided, the fine line measures at roughly .57mm, and the medium stroke measures .63mm 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 used by dipping the NIB in Montblanc Blue Ink.
This 1936 Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen displays a fantastic Silver Pearl color. I would easily grade this Parker in Very Fine to Excellent Condition. This Vac is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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