Monday, 20 February 2012

Parker Vacumatic 1938

Parker Vacumatic - First Generation Fountain Pen in Golden Pearl

Sold -  Restored and fully serviced. A Parker Vacumatic (slender), made in Canada 1938. Transparent Golden Pearl Laminate. Twin jewel.

Parker Vacumatic  (vacuum filler) first appeared in the early 1930's. Having a patented concept of rubber diaphragm with a spring loaded piston mounted above, which when depressed stretched the diaphragm into the barrel, forcing air out through a breather tube. When plunger was released the diaphragm returned to it's original position, creating a vacuum which drew ink into the barrel. There were three generations of filler mechanism; locking, speed line and plastic. The popularity of the 'vac' filling system lasted up until 1947.

This pen is a first generation Vacumatic with 'lockdown' aluminium and brass bulb filler button and short blind cap. Golden arrow styled clip and triple narrow cap bands. Twin jewels colour matched to body. The 8. marking alongside makers impression on barrel, combined with nib markings suggest manufacture in the 3rd quarter of 1938 in. Pen measures  4.7 inches (12.2 cms) long, cap on. Full inscription reads 'MADE IN CANADA - PARKER VACUMATIC - REG.T.M.S - PAT. NO. 318982 - 8.'

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