I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, section, breather tube, cap and barrel. Replaced the old diaphragm with a new, properly sized one. Hand polished the Nickel Plate Split Arrow Clip, Two Ring Cap Band and 14K NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the material of the fountain pen. This Parker Vacumatic is a major size, which measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6" posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The cap has the Split Arrow Gold Filled Clip and the Two Ring Cap Band that shine and display no brassing. The top jewel is black and looks great with a high shine. The barrel is clearly and crisply stamped with, "Geo. S. Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. with date code 7 in the first quarter". The transparency of the barrel is excellent, an individual can easily see through the barre, albeit with mild ambering. The blind cap securely fits. The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 5-7 presses to fill full.
The Parker NIB is a 14K gold split arrow NIB and has a fine point measuring roughly .56mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample the NIB writes with a fine to double broad stroke line. The writing sample provided, the thinnest line measures at .46mm and the double broad line is 1.55mm with firm to medium pressure when measured with digital calipers. The sample was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton cloth that I used to wipe clean the barrel and cap.
The color on this Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen display a gorgeous Silver Pearl. This Parker Vacumatic would easily grade in the Near Mint Condition, the transparency in the barrel was water clear. I grade it at a solid Excellent. Certainly a collector grade fountain pen that is ready to write or just add to writing arsenal collection.
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