Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler

  
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Vintage Pens: 1085 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 1085: Parker: Vacumatic
Built in the 3rd quarter of 1943, our Parker Vacumatic Major in golden pearl likely has incredible stories to tell. Did it ship out overseas? Did it stay in the the U.S. writing beautiful love letters to someone far from home? Maybe it was put into service on the homefront? We've restored it to great working order with a new diaphragm. Good barrel clarity graces this pen. Unfortunately, there are too long scratches down the side of the barrel and a little rash on the back of the cap, as if it were rubbed for a second on the sidewalk. It isn't a big blemish, only about an inch long and a 1/4-inch wide, but it is there. No cracks! Good barrel imprint. Click the headline to see the 14k gold nib. The tip looks just a shade off, but it writes a very nice, wet fine line. The clip's arrowhead is just a shade off the side of the cap. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3101 Parker Vacumatic Long Major
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 3101: Parker: Vacumatic Long Major
Out of the Great Depression and before World War II, Americans finally had money to spend on good pens again. This 1939 Parker Vacumatic Long Major is an excellent example of the best money could buy back then. Remarkably clear, our emerald pearl vintage pen is fully restored with a fresh diaphragm. There are no cracks and very little wear. The double jewels are made of the emerald pearl stripes! It has an aluminum speedline filler. Two-toned 14k gold mades for a great hairline extra-fine nib that is a little scratchy because it is very extra-fine. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3100 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 3100: Parker: 51
Hip, hip, hooray! The class of 1942 celebrated in style with this first-year 1941 Parker 51! Well, partly first year 51. Marketing material for the grand release of the Parker 51 in 1941 said that the pen was 10 years ahead of its time, which is why it was called the 51. Only first-year pens were given the aluminum tail jewel in the blind cap. Although the imprint seems to have worn off, the "Class of '42" engraving seems to be a nice verification of age. We are a little perplexed that the pen looks more teal blue than cedar blue, as would be appropriate. The sterling silver cap, which is in great condition, is a later model replacement cap. It still has a blue-diamond clip, but the jewel is plastic grey pearl--not aluminum. This vintage pen's diaphragm has been replaced, and it is in good working order. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine line. Light wear can be found in all the usual places. No cracks or dents. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3098 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 3098: Parker: Vacumatic
Before they notice anything else, Parker Vacumatic (Major) hounds will jump on the fact this pen has a rarer "stacked coins" cap band. Golden Pearl stripes make up for some of the scratches. They also partially conceal the engraved "Edward McAuliffe" in gold letters. Its date code states it was made in 1945. We restored the vacumatic filler with a new diaphragm. No cracks blemish this pen. The clip is on tightly, and the blue diamond indicated the pen was guaranteed for the life of the original owner. Barrel clarity is poor but still possible at the right angle for light to pass through. Click the headline for a close-up of the original 14k gold nib. It writes an extra-fine to fine line with a hint of vibration but not bad at all for such a nib. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3085 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 3085: Parker: 51
So revolutionary, it was considered 10 years ahead of its time when it was released in 1941...hence it was called the Parker 51. Using Vacumatic technology and a hooded nib, this pen held more ink than just about any pen in its day, and it was far less likely to dry out. Our Parker 51 is from the mid- to late '40s. We restored its Vacumatic filler with a new diaphragm. The blue diamond on its clip meant that it had a warranty for the lifetime of its original owner. Its gold-filled cap has a couple shallow dimples and is in good overall condition. The dove grey pen shows more wear, including some obvious scratches and scars on the nib hood or cowling. The 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine line with a little feedback. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2913 Parker Vacumatic Maxima
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $449.99
Vintage Pens: 2913: Parker: Vacumatic Maxima
Fenway Park has the Green Monster, and Parker seemed to try creating one of its own with this green Parker Vacumatic Maxima. Almost as wide as a Montblanc 149, at its widest point, the Maxima actually has a smaller, easier-to-handle, section for gripping. The pen is remarkably free from major wear. There's one shallow dimple in the blind cap and a few light scratches. The imprint is strong, and the pen has a 1942 date code. The cap jewel is made from the same striped celluloid as the barrel. The aluminum speedline filler has some wear but it moves easily. The pen is FULLY RESTORED with a new diaphragm. The nib is actually marked "14k / Parker / Vacumatic." It writes an extra-fine line with a little feedback. Click the headline for close-ups. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3065 Wasp The Clipper
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 3065: Wasp: The Clipper
Remember the old ads for pork: The other white meat. This vintage pen can be known as the other Sheaffer Clipper. Technically, this is the Wasp "The Clipper." It comes with a fully restored skinny rod "Vacuum Filler." Wasp was a sub-brand of Sheaffer. It's imprint listing Ft. Madison, Iowa, as a home base gives it away. The vacuum filler was Sheaffer's response to the Parker Vacumatic with an empty barrel filling system. It's a rather ingenious feat of engineering. The single downstroke vacuum pump is very effective when it works. Originally designed to last forever, it turned out that forever didn't last very long. Luckily, this one has been fully restored and works very smoothly. The design looks as if the computer age met art deco. Its 14k gold nib writes a firm extra-fine line. You might need to use a touch more pressure than normal to keep it flowing. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3036 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 3036: Parker: Vacumatic
Rare red marbled Parker Vacumatics are pretty hard to find these days, but we proudly restored this one to excellent working order. It has great barrel clarity, in addition to a new diaphragm. Yes, one Albert Vannucci purchased this pen in 1937. Yet, it shouldn't be enough to make one turn their nose up a this hard-to-find double jewel design. There are no cracks! A few scratches and wear from use are visible. The clip has brassing and some wavy wear, which is very visible in the photo when you click the headline. Still, the clip is on tightly, and the rest of the pen is pretty nice. The 14k gold nib writes a nice medium line with only light feedback, particularly on high ascenders and deep descenders. Considered a "major" compared to an oversized "Maxima," it is much wider than the 1940s Vac Majors. 12.2cm capped.
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