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, Chevron (///\\\) Cap Banding, Blind Cap Tassie, and 14K Parker NIB. I have cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel, cap, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and protect the celluloid of the fountain pen. This Parker Vacumatic is the scarce Slender Maxima that measures 5 3/8" capped and 6 1/8" posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in superb condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The Golden Pearl celluloid color is gorgeous and displays very vibrantly. The clip on the cap displays no wear. The cap banding displays no wear. The bottom tassie is clean as well. The top jewel is striped and the bottom jewel is black. The barrel clarity is very good with mild ambering. The barrel is crisply stamped with, "GEO. S. PARKER PARKER VACUMATIC with the MADE IN U.S.A. with a date code 7 (for 1937) in the 3rd Quarter". The cap and barrel are free of any personalizations or monograms.
This Parker Slender Maxima Vacumatic retains the correct "Speedline" filling unit that was produced for 2nd Generation Vacumatic. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills as it should. The Speedline Vacumatic Filling System works, typically in my tests with water, with about 12-15 presses to fill full. I have greased the filling unit so it operates smoothly.
This Parker Vacumatic comes with a 14K gold two-tone date matching (1937) Parker 9 feather arrow nib with a fine point that measures .57mm when measured with digital calipers. The two-two platinum plated 14K gold nib is in exceptional condition with no wear of the platinum coating - super hard to find them like this. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a Fine to Medium line. In the writing sample provided, the stroke/line ranges from .53mm to .59mm when measuring with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Montblanc Blue Ink.
This Parker Slender Maxima is the real deal top to bottom. It displays the wide cap band of the Maxima on a standard-diameter pen and features the correct 9-feather-per-side arrow nib The pen has striped jewel and a section that matches the rest of the pen. Slender Maximas are more scarce than the larger Senior Maxima and probably show up once for every 50-70 Senior Maximas. This is only the 2nd one I have ever acquired/found in 15+ years of collecting
This vintage Parker Vacumatic Slender Maxima Fountain Pen is a fantastic and beautiful scarce example. I would consider this Slender Maxima to be in Excellent+ Condition - it would be near mint if the barrel clarity was a little bit less ambered. This Slender Maxima is ready to write with or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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