Thursday, February 16, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 464

Many thanks to all who attended our meeting tonight! I'll post some meeting photos here in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy this review of another one of Christopher's newest finds--a Parker Vacumatic Streamline Standard with Star Clip!

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

Christopher: "When the Parker Company followed the current trend back in the day, their pens and mechanical pencils took on a new stylish look. It was a wave of the future and most pen companies never looked back. Gone was the tubular and in was the streamlined and the buying public welcomed it, providing companies like Parker with strong sales. Behind it all was the ever so innovative Kenneth Parker, who understood the strength of design with his product.

 This particular Parker Vacumatic is dated coded 1940 and shortly after the company streamlined their pens and mechanical pencils. It also sports the new split feathered Parker arrow clip with the company branding running vertically down the middle. Still, if you look closely, you will also see that unlike most Parker pens that sport the Blue Diamond Warranty directly above the feathers, this pen features a five pointed ‘Star’. The so called Star clips are quite rare because shortly after the star was applied to represent a Parker pen warranty, it was decided that the star symbol was just not appropriate, thus replaced with the blue diamond."

"The all matching finish on this pen is the Emerald pearl and the barrel transparency is red ambered, but otherwise nice and clear. The 14K Vacumatic nib has the two tone platinum mask and, at the other end, a long screw on matching blind cap covers the newly offered Parker Speedline filler. The fittings are 14K gold filled throughout and when you step back from this fine pen, the condition and exterior brilliance is impressive. The nib also has quite a bit of flex, but lays down the ink smoothly. I was lucky to get this pen and happy indeed to add it to my collection."

 (Photo above: Parker Pen counter, 1940)

Our thanks to Christopher for the review of this gorgeous vintage fountain pen!

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