Monday, May 1, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 487

Wondering what features to look for in a vintage Parker 'Vacumatic' fountain pen?
This review by Christopher will give you a good idea!

Christopher writes:
"Admittedly, as a vintage fountain pen collector, Parker Vacumatics, especially from the first generation have always been a favourite. Still, on acquiring just such a pen, I have developed a checklist to tick off before I feel comfortable adding another one to my collection.

So here we have a Parker Silver Pearl finish, first generation Standard model. A very good contender in my view for consideration. So let’s take a careful look at this pen."

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

"For starters, the exterior finish is flawless with noteworthy luster."


"Secondly, the cap, barrel, section and jewels are all matching and the jewel lines are in the correct position, meaning that the jewels have never been tampered with or replaced. Thirdly, the condition of the fittings is outstanding, with no corrosion or scratches."

"Now let’s get down to the working parts of this fine pen. It is a ‘Lockdown’ Vacumatic filler type and the filler tube is not the more common aluminum but, in this case, nickel plated. And better still, the filler mechanism is currently in good working order."

"At the business end of the pen, the matching grip is in excellent condition and sports a mint 14K Gold, 4th quarter of 1936 Parker date coded arrow nib. Plus in testing this pen, equipped with such an exquisite nib, it is one terrific writer."


"And just to put the icing on the cake, the barrel is red ambered, but with an impressive C8 in transparent clarity,

So from stem to stern, this pen ticks off all of my boxes and will happily join the other members of my ever growing vintage pen collection."

Wow, what a handsome vintage pen! Our thanks to Christopher for this informative blog post and the nice close-up photos accompanying it!

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