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

Releasing pens from my personal collection is never easy…but the time has come for this Parker Vacumatic to move to a new owner. It was my first Vacumatic and my first Vacumatic restoration, but it’s not getting use. The pen is in Laminated Black, with very nice transparency to see the ink sloshing around inside, although this is not one of the completely transparent models. It is a 2d Generation Major from 1939, double-jeweled, 5.2″ long capped and 1/2″ thick below the cap edge, with a Speedline filler; it’s beautiful and clean, no significant nicks or marks. The pen’s only deficit is a bit of swelling around the barrel, probably from an over-tightened filler unit in its earlier years. It is professionally personalized for Elias Winter. The imprint is complete and clean; the “9” date code is clearly read.  The gold trim is all bright and untarnished, including the Blue Diamond. The cap ring is the chevron style. This pen writes a very nice fine with a touch of shading, a lovely nib. A very handsome, attractive pen that writes wonderfully.

Price: $205 Sold

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