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 Gold Filled Trim, Star Split Arrow Clip, Chevron Cap Banding and 14K NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel, cap and striped jewels to bring back the vibrancy and to help protect the celluloid. The Emerald color on this Parker is very beautiful.
This fountain pen barrel is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, teeth marks or repairs. The cap has a hairline lip crack, which has been stabilized with MEK (see 11th image). The cap has the Gold Filled Split Arrow Feather clip with Star and the Chevron gold filled cap band. There is only the slight amount of wear to the cap banding - again very minor and only present it for clarity sake. The Gold Filled Clip is in in excellent condition with no brassing / wear. The top and bottom jewels are black and have been polished to shine great again. The barrel imprint is good, but the date code is very faint and reads, "Geo. S. Parker Parker Vacumatic Made in U.S.A. PAT with 9 date code and three dots for the 1st quarter". The transparency of the barrel is very good; however, there is ambering. The cap fits securely to the barrel and the jeweled blind cap also securely fits. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. This Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen measures 4 5/8" in length capped and 5 3/8" posted.
This 1939 Parker Vacumatic has replacement filling unit and it works smoothly and flawlessly. The Vacumatic Filling System works great, typically in my tests with water about 5 to 7 presses and it will fill full.
The 14K Parker NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .60mm when measured with digital calipers. When creating the writing sample, the thinnest line measures at a fine (.50mm) stroke and flexes up to a (.92mm) broad stroke 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 that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
It is one of those Parker Vacumatics that you don't come across frequently and certainly a very fine addition to the collection for those looking harder to find variants. This is in ready to write condition or just add to writing arsenal collection that I would grade as fine due to the hairline in the cap; if the cap with clean I would have no problem grading it excellent.
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