Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler

  
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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: 3063 Parker Vacumatic Shadowwave
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 3063: Parker: Vacumatic Shadowwave
Fans of both vintage pens and the sci-fi hit "The Matrix" will love this incredible green-and-grey shadowwave style Parker Vacumatic. It looks as if lines of electronic coding are racing through the pen. It is a hard-to-find design. Fully restored with a new diaphragm, this vintage pen is in great working order. Made in 1938, it has an aluminum speedline filler. Look closely at the photo, and you can see the barrel clarity of the pen. No cracks, light wear. The 14k gold nib might look a little off in the photo, but it writes a nice wet, medium line. 11.8cm 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.
Vintage Pens: 3034 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 3034: Parker: 51
Double-jewel Parker 51s seem to get more and more difficult to find at affordable prices, but we have a classic black one with a sterling silver cap ready for you. Hailing from 1942, this vintage pen classic has been fully restored with a new diaphragm. The hood has some scratches visible in the photo. Click the headline for a better view. The blind cap is only slightly off its alignment. The silver cap is especially nice. In spite of some wear spots, there are no dents. The blue diamond on the clip indicates it had a lifetime warranty for the life of its original owner. The original 14k gold nib looks a little wonky under a loupe, but it writes a very nice fine-medium line. No cracks. A great daily writer. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2919 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 2919: Parker: Duofold
Click the headline to see the really rare cap band on this 1942 Parker Duofold. A square decorates then band with a diagonal shape that looks a little like a surf board! It is a standard size model, neither oversized or junior. It has a blind cap tail ring, too! We restored the pen with a new diaphragm. We also lined up the speedline filler so the blind cap is flush with the barrel. The barrel is a darkened amber with some good clarity. The imprint is strong with a 1942 date code. The 14k gold nib is a little warped, writing an extra fine line with a little feedback. No cracks are in the pen, but it has some wear, though nothing egregious. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2913 Parker Maxima
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $449.99
Vintage Pens: 2913: Parker: 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. As is, the pen is UNRESTORED. 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: 2785 Parker 51 Demonstrator
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 2785: Parker: 51 Demonstrator
Talk about your grail pens! Here's a 1948 Parker 51 Demonstrator. Only given to sales reps and stores to show all of the inner workings of a Parker 51, this pen is one of the cleanest we've seen. We got it from a dedicated Parker collector who put in a fresh diaphragm and breather tube. The lucite barrel and hood had some slight yellowing but very little compared to others we've seen. After hours of staring at it, we noticed two tiny fractals in the inner layer of the barrel. The blind cap has a little blue staining. The ink collector fins are yellowed but clean. Everything appears to work but we didn't dare fill it to keep it looking clean. The 14k gold nib looks like a fine, but we haven't written with it. This is a museum-quality pen that you are welcome to fill...or just display and make your friends jealous. Barrel imprint reads "Parker 51 / Made in U.S.A." It has an 8 with 3 dots. No cracks. Cap has scratches. Barrel has big scuff in center. Otherwise just trace wear.
Vintage Pens: 1353 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 1353: Parker: 51
Click the headline to see the unique cap of this Parker 51 a little more closely. We've never seen "Parker" written into the rim of the cap like this before, plus seems cut off about a third of the way from the bottom. On the back it says "1/10 14k Gold Filled / Made in USA." The last line was almost cut off. There is a circle of brassing directly below the pocket clip, and a line of brassing just to its write. The pinstripe design is worn on the back. No real dents, but one reverse dent. The rest of the pen is a basic 51 from the second quarter of 1944. We replaced the diaphragm, and the pen is in good working order. The 14k gold nib writes a really sharp extra-fine line. Some might call it scratchy, but XF lovers will likely enjoy it. The nib cowl has some scratches and gentle warp. The barrel has some wear, and the blind cap isn't lining up squarely. 13.8cm capped.
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