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 Split Arrow Clip, Nickel Plated Three Ring Cap Banding, and 14K NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished & Waxed the cap, barrel, and blind cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of the 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 barrel has good transparency, albeit with mild to heavy ambering. The cap has the Split Arrow Nickel Plated Clip with triple ring cap bands displaying a wonderful bright white color with no brassing. The top and bottom jewels are black which have been polished to shine great again. The barrel is stamped with a crisp and clean imprint, "GEO S. PARKER PARKER VACUMATIC MADE IN USA with a 0 date code (for 1940) in the 1st quarter". The jeweled blind cap securely fits. There is wear to the highpoints/edge of the blind cap tassie but some original nickel plate finish is retained. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. This Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen is a Streamline Standard Size Model that has a wider diameter cap and barrel than the standard juniors. It measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6 1/8" posted.
The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water in about 10 to 12 presses and it will roughly fill full. This Parker Vac 2nd Generation Fountain Pen has the Speedline filling unit, typical on 2nd generation Vacs. This filling unit has been greased and now operates smoothly and works as it was originally designed to.
The 14K Parker U.S.A. NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .60mm when measured with digital calipers. The NIB is the split arrow 14K Vacumatic type that is in excellent condition. that creates a wonderfully smooth writing experience. The writing sample provided in the image has an extra fine stroke that measures .36mm and can flex to a broad stroke of roughly 1.13mm with medium to firm pressure 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 Parker Quink Blue Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
The significance of this Parker is that it is an Uncataloged variant. The Parker Vacumatic Standard is cataloged as a lockdown-filler, 1st generation pen. It is well known that the triple cap-band look survived into the 2nd Generation as the collector-named "Streamlined" Standard, of the same shape as the Long Major which this listing is for. Streamlined Standard seemingly was discontinued late 1941, perhaps early 1942. Most of these scarce variants are found in black, gray and brown.
This is one of those Parker Vacumatics that you don't come across frequently in the Streamline Standard features. This is certainly a fabulous addition to the collection for those looking harder to find variants. I would grade this Parker Vac in the Very Fine to Excellent Condition. This is in ready to write condition or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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