Saturday, May 21, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 374

Back to vintage we go now, with one of Christopher's newest finds!

Christopher writes: "I do not think I have ever passed up an opportunity to score a Parker Vacumatic, since it remains one of my favourite fountain pens. Needless to say, when I ran across this exquisite Golden Pearl, double Jewel beauty, I just had to have it. One thing about Kenneth Parker was that he sure knew how to make Vacumatic pens, and the Pearl and gold finish on this particular Vacumatic is no less than brilliant and outstanding."

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on images to enlarge)

"The early 1940s were more or less the end of the double jewel Vacumatic pens and also, the matching jewels at either end were changed to jet, to the end of the Parker Vacumatic run. Still, the black does not in any way take away from the overall appearance, but in my view complements it. The fittings are 14K Gold filled and the cap sports the double rings, signifying that this model is a Junior. As for size, the Parker Vacumatic Junior mirrors the Parker Vacumatic Major with a overall length posted at 6 inches, but caps back to 5 inches. The style of Vacumatic filler is the middle of the road ‘Speedline’, with its long aluminum tube filler tube extended to be covered by an equally lengthy blind cap. Both the Cap and the barrel finish are rounded off by the finish on this blind cap which matches.

Returning to the cap again, it supports a vertical branded 14K Gold Parker arrow clip. Inside the cap, the grip section is black and holds a beautiful 14K Parker Vacumatic nib. This nib, I would have to say, writes with somewhat of a medium flex, not exactly common for Parker Vacumatic pens but ticks a box in my books.

Finally, the condition, once I restored and polished this pen, is very close to near mint, with a good deal of luster coming off the plastic. So am I moving this lovely into my collect? You be the judge!"

Christopher said that the background in the pen photo is a rare serigraph print of a 1931 Model J Duesenberg Tourster Ragtop, made using.a special process -- not just the usual printing with a 4 colours process, but with 16 colours, and then the print was both embossed and blind embossed to bring out the lines of the car. 

Our thanks to Christopher for sharing this classic vintage pen, and his serigraph of a classic vintage car with us!

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