Saturday, February 25, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 467

Aloha! Today's review is one that Christopher sent in during his Hawaiian vacation...

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

Christopher writes: "One of the nicest periods in the production of Parker Vacumatic fountain pens was the Third generation between 1942 and 1948 (1955 in Canada). Further streamlining in the overall design was achieved by dropping the second (blind cap) jewel and rounding off the blind cap in a very smart design finish. Although the very successful Speedline filler could have carried on, the Second World War -now in progress- made the use of aluminum questionable. So to offset this, Parker turned to the available plastic (Lucite) for a new Vacumatic filler depressor.

This particular Parker Vacumatic is the Standard model, identified by a triple cap banding and has a Jet black matching cap jewel. As with all standard size Vacumatics, the overall dimensions are quite impressive and second only to the Vacumatic Maxima. Otherwise, most of the other features follow the design of the past Vacumatics regarding this model.

The grip section is also a matching jet black and supports a 14k Gold flexy Parker arrow factory ‘Stubbed’ nib . It is my educated guess that this pen was a special order in its day.

Personally, I was so smitten with this fine writing instrument that I have taken it with us on our vacation in Hawaii, where I will be using it frequently!"

Many thanks to Christopher for his write-up & photo of this handsome vintage fountain pen!

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