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 Blue Diamond Clip, Chevron Cap Band ( \\\ ///) and 14K 2-Tone Nib. I have Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of fountain pen. This Parker Silver Pearl has some fabulous color with very clean trim.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition showing no chips, cracks or repairs with the cap always secure tightly to the barrel. The cap has the Split Arrow Nickel Plated Blue Diamond Clip which displays very minor brassing on top of the clip edge where the jewel resides. The Chevron Cap Band shows only very minor brassing. The top and bottom jewels are striped to match the fountain pen cap and barrel - I polished each of them to bring back a beautiful shine. The barrel is stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. with date code 0 (1940) in the 4th Quarter". The barrel imprint becomes very faint for the words "Made in U.S.A." and extremely light for the date code - I want to point this out of clarity sake. The transparency of the barrel has heavy ambering and one can barely see through the barrel. The blind cap securely fits and its tassel does display some brassing on the edges. This Parker Vacumatic is a long major size that measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 3/16" posted.
This Parker Vacumatic has the proper 2nd Generation Speedline Filling Unit. The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 7-9 presses to fill nearly full. I have greased the filling unit and now operates smoothly and function as it originally was designed to.
The Parker NIB is a 14K gold two-tone split arrow NIB that retains nearly 80% of the platinum coating. The iridium is great and creates a wonderful smooth writing experience. The 14K Parker Vacumatic NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .73mm when measured with digital calipers. This Parker Nib, when creating the writing sample in the listing image, performs with a medium stroke/line that varies from .60mm to .85mm with medium pressure when measuring with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale 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.
These Long Major Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pens are increasingly difficult to find which makes this an excellent collector variant to add to one's writing arsenal collection. I would grade this Parker Vacumatic in Very Fine to Excellent Condition after my restoration and is ready to write with this great, smooth nib.
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