Parker Vacumatic

About This Model

Vacumatics were Parker's main product from 1933-1948, with overlaps representing the generation between the 1920s-30s Duofolds and the 1940s-50s 51s. As with every major generation of Parkers, the Vacumatics introduced significant product enhancement and innovation. "Vacs" were the first major vacuum filler, with a sealed pump pulling ink into the pen's barrel. To see the ink, Vacumatic barrels were made with transparent celluloid, the transparent portions in narrow rings alternating with black and colored opaque rings. Finally, Parker's own arrow clip first appeared with the Vacumatic. Over the years, they were produced in a wide variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and in three generations of pump technology. Today, Vacs have proven their durability by the vast number that are still available for restoration and new use.  Good, durable, attractive pens.

About This Pen

1937 was a year of much model change in the Vacumatics. With thanks to Tony Fischler for his scholarship, amidst the change to Streamlined pens and changing model names and configurations, this pen is best identified as a Debutante, with length 4.7″ (121mm) and girth just below the cap edge of .43″(11mm). (Between the various configurations and the size variation even within a model, one can never be absolutely sure.) It’s in Silver Pearl, the only color to be matched with nickel, rather than gold, trim. This pen is in very nice condition, with excellent transparency and no significant marks or scratches. The imprint, including the date code with the 1st quarter’s three dots easily visible, is complete. The pen’s nib is an extra fine, very sharp. It has been tuned to write well, but this is a pen for a writer of very precise, small letters.

Price: $80

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