Monday, June 20, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 389

Today we're featuring another great vintage Parker find. Our thanks, as always, to Christopher for his informative write-ups and wonderful photos!

Christopher: "I think it is safe to say that green is my favourite colour and that does apply to vintage fountain pens as well. So, in this case, it is a very fine condition Parker Emerald Green Vacumatic Major sporting double jewels with the typical second generation Parker Blue Diamond warranty 14K gold filled arrow clip. This model also features the somewhat new Parker ‘Speedline’ filler - a filler which remains out and ready to use, but covered by a long jeweled blind cap."

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

"In 1940, Canadian Parker Vacumatic pens sported black jewels along with black grip sections, but this in no way takes away from the sheer elegance of this fine early 40s pen. The Parker Vacumatic Major came on board in the Vacumatic line up in 1937 - not as a replacement for any of the other models, but as a brand new Parker Vacumatic kick at the can. It was identical to the Standard Streamlined sized Vacumatic in every aspect save only a single but medium broad cap band with an inverted chevrons chasing. The Emerald Green and Pearl coloured Parker Vacumatics were introduced, by the way, in 1935. The Parker Vacumatic Major model went on to become one of Parkers best sellers until it was discontinued in the US in 1948 and in Canada as late as 1953 (it was drowned out by the incredible success of Parker’s ‘51’). 

Other outstanding features of this Emerald lovely are its brilliant pearl/emerald ‘Pyralin/Celluloid’ laminated plastic luster finish, its noteworthy barrel transparency and a stunning 14K gold with platinum mask Parker arrow nib. This nib sits on a Vacumatic W marked or wide Vacumatic feed (the wide referring to the ink channel along the top of the feed) which was intended originally for the likes of broad, stub and oblique nibs. So, needless to say, the nib in this case is a medium broad with impressive flex. What more can I say about this vintage Parker other then it will be well used with my writing hand."

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