1947 Parker Vacumatic Long Major; Emerald Pearl; 14k Solid Gold F Nib; Restored
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1947 Parker Vacumatic Long Major; Emerald Pearl; 14k Solid Gold F Nib; Restored:
1947 Parker Vacumatic Long Major; Emerald Pearl; 14K Solid Gold F Nib; Restored 1947 Parker Vacumatic Long Major; Emerald Pearl; 14K Solid Gold F Nib; Restored
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This Emerald Pearl Vacumatic Major has been fully restored - a new Vac sac/diaphragm (and tested), and thoroughly cleaned and polished. The components on this pen are Vintage. The filling unit works nice and smoothly. The barrel imprint is easy to read, with a '.7.' date code so 2nd quarter of 1947. Parker introduced this model in 1932 (It was originally called the Parker Arrow, then the Parker Vacuum, and finally the Parker Vacumatic), and they retired this model in the USA in 1948 and in Canada in 1953. The Emerald Pearl color was introduced in 1935 and stayed in production until this model was retired. This Vac was made in Canada, at Parker's plant in Toronto.
This 1947 Vac has a beautiful and proper Parker Arrow 14K Solid Gold nib with '.7.' date code - so 2nd quarter of 1947 - same as the barrel. I'd judge the nib to be an 'EF/F' point - a smooth writer and fairly stiff. This nib looks excellent - superb. Even with a 10X loupe this nib looks spectacular - excellent tine alignment - it looks about new. Parker was good at nib manufacturing - high quality materials and craftsmanship.
The trim is gold-filled and I don't see any evidence of brassing at all. The gold filled tassie, clip and cap bands are in very pristine condition. The cap bands are nice and tight on the cap. The Parker clip looks superb and is nice and tight on the cap as well as having a very nice sheen to it. The split arrow clip was introduced by Parker in 1937, and a Star was added to it in late 1938 (Lifetime Warranty), and in 1939, the Star was replaced by the Blue Diamond - not sure why. This was in response to Sheaffer's 'White Dot' and Wahl-Eversharp's 'Double Check Marks' Lifetime Warranty markings. Although this is not a Blue Diamond Vac, the components are identical except that a Blue Diamond Vac would probably have the single wide Art Deco cap band, but not always. In fact the Blue Diamond was eliminated in 1947 (the year this pen was made) because of a Federal Trade Commission ruling against Lifetime Warranties.
The black cap jewel is in superb condition. The barrel looks excellent, a very nice luster, and I just don't even see any scratches - yes, it is that nice. Barrel transparency is just short of like new. The barrel cap is in superb condition as well. The blind cap is free of nicks, scratches and teeth marks. The Emerald Pearl material makes marks much less noticeable. This is a really clean Vac! For a Vacumatic that is about 72 years old. I'm impressed! I'm sure it has spent many, many years hiding in a desk drawer. This is a stunning Emerald Pearl Vacumatic Major.
Parker made the Vacumatic in many sizes, both length and girth - typically the most common were the Debutante (smallest), Junior, Standard, Major, and Over-sized (later changed to Maxima). This one is the Long Major, and measures about 5 1/4" inches capped, and about 6 1/8 inches with the cap posted. The model that replaced this model had a slightly shorter cap and Barrel, but was still called a Major. Parker made the length change when they dropped the Speedline filling unit with the newly introduced plastic filling unit.
I've included a writing sample using this nib. I tested the pen with water to assure it filled properly and then dipped the pen in ink to create the writing sample. A very smooth writing nib and about an 'EF' point with normal writing pressure. I got about a 'MF' line with heavier pressure.
BTW, if you are relatively new to the Parker Vacumatic filling system (used in Parker 51's, Vacumatics, later model Duofolds, etc.) for maximum fill, depress the filling plunger about 8 - 10 times, with just a brief pause between plunges. This will assure a maximum fill.
If you are looking for a daily smooth writer or a nice Parker Emerald Pearl Long Vac Major to add to your collection, then offer on this pen. Write on!
Domestic First Class Mail is $4.80. Insurance is included. International shipping is via calculated First Class Mail. Insurance is included. I gladly combine shipping for multiple purchases. I ship same or next business day.
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