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 Diamond Arrow Clip, Chevron Cap Band (///\\\) and 14K 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 Golden Pearl has some fabulous color, some the best I have seen.
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 Gold Filled Diamond Arrow Clip which displays no brassing. The Chevron Cap Band displays no brassing as well. The top jewel is black and has been polished bring back a beautiful shine. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. with date code 2 (for 1942) in the 1st Quarter". The transparency of the barrel is good and a person can easily see through the barrel with only very medium ambering. The blind cap securely fits. This Parker Vacumatic is a long major size that measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 1/4" posted.
This Parker Vacumatic has the proper 3rd Generation Filling Unit. The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 7-9 presses to fill 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 split arrow NIB with the platinum coating essentially completely worn away. The iridium is wonderful and creates a wonderfully smooth writing experience. The 14K Parker Vacumatic NIB displays the 1942 - Q1 date code which makes the nib and barrel are marriage. This nib has a fine point measuring roughly .57mm when measured with digital calipers. The writing sample provided in the image ranges from a fine stroke that measures .57mm to a medium/broad stroke of roughly .92mm with normal pressure when I measured 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 Excellent Condition after my restoration and is ready to write with this great, smooth nib.
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