Pen Profiles: Vacumatics, Vacuum Fillers; also Vacumatic nomenclature, instructions


11346: Parker Vacuum Filler: rare proto-Vacumatic, black with one-piece section and barrel, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, opaque barrel. Metal lockdown filler, barrel imprint all present, much stronger than usual, two-tone nib has early single center line arrow, plating perfect, early feed. Overall condition is like new but for some mild distortion to the section from heat-setting of the nib (see details).

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: extra-fine • $500

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10236: Parker Golden Arrow (?): very early red pearl laminate lockdown-filler, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, two cap bands, one-piece section-barrel construction, two-tone nib with single central rib on arrow; rare barrel imprint with no mention of model name, no date code. Only a handful of these pens are known, and it seems most likely that they either predate the original Golden Arrow or immediately postdate it, prior to its renaming as the Vacuum Filler (discussion here). Condition is mixed, with hardly any wear and crisp imprints, but with a couple of cap lip cracks and a circumferential hairline under the clip where two laminations appear to have separated due to age shrinkage over the inner cap (see details). Long-tined nib has tight central hairline extending up from base; name engraved on barrel. Sac has been removed to preserve color.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine semiflex • $450

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11680: Parker Vacuum Filler: rare black proto-Vacumatic with "reverse trim" -- chrome trim, rather than the standard gold filled -- 12.2 cm long; one-piece section and barrel assembly, excellent plating on two-tone arrow nib, one tiny pinhead dimple on metal filler shaft, nice crisp barrel imprint.

DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $600

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10212: Parker Vacumatic set: early top-line full-sized lockdown-filler in black, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, good barrel transparency, imprint with early date code, 4th quarter; matching pencil is slightly later, with 3rd quarter 1936 date code. Set is well used but sound, pen nib is a later replacement, subtle surface rippling to pen barrel due to differential age shrinkage of laminations. Pencil uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: 1934/1936 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine • $350

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10240: Parker Diamond Medal "Vac-Fil" Vacumatic: uncommon burgundy pearl and black marbled pump-filler, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, barrel transparency excellent, lockdown filler, Diamond Medal nib is smooth and soft, but not the usual type found on this model. Step at blind cap joint, name on barrel, cap lip cracks have been sealed and reinforced by a black celluloid internal sleeve. This model was made by Parker for retail by Sears, Roebuck & Co.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $225

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10214: Parker Vacumatic set: red pearl laminate lockdown-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent barrel transparency, imprint with 2nd quarter date code, striped jewels and section, early-style skewed striation pattern on cap, barrel laminations slightly skewed as well (indicating parts turned from solid rod stock, rather than later process of wrapping tubes from sheet). Two-tone nib is slightly later, with 1940 date code, nickel plating largely gone from filler plunger. Matching pencil has 1st quarter date code, uses 1.1 mm lead, but lead is propelled only, does not retract automatically.

DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine semiflex • $395

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10191: Parker Vacumatic set: uncommon golden pearl laminate lockdown-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, striped section and jewels, two-tone nib with excellent plating, excellent barrel transparency, strong imprint with 4th quarter date code, matching 1.1 mm pencil has 1st quarter date code. While this color is relatively common in later Vacumatics, it was introduced only at the very end of production of the original lockdown series. Pen is extremely clean, noting slight shrinkage of cap at very top right below the clip.

DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $485

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11574: Parker Vacumatic Junior: scarce full-size Golden Web, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, lockdown filler, good transparency, strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, nib with matching 2nd quarter date code, tip shows signs of having been straightened, but is a good and precise writer. Some marks to blind cap and tassie, overall appearance excellent.

DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $425

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11572: Parker Vacumatic Junior pencil: scarce and desirable Gold Web pattern, 11.7 cm long, gold filled trim, good USA imprint with 2nd quarter date code, uses 1.1 mm lead. An attractive user, fully functional but with an impressed name, plating wear, and a 7mm seam opening at the top end of the lower barrel (see detail).

DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: G* • $65

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10201: Parker Vacumatic: golden pearl laminate, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, striped jewels and section, excellent barrel transparency, strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, trim plating excellent, but plating gone from two-tone nib and there is a light longitudinal scratch just under the barrel imprint; this color was introduced only at the very end of lockdown-filler production, and examples are relatively uncommon.

DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine rigid • $285

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5580: Parker Vacumatic Junior: small grey pearl marbled, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, outstanding barrel transparency, roughness to cap band plating, bold imprint with 4th quarter date code, lockdown filler, 1946 date code on Arrow nib.

DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $245

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9779: Parker Vacumatic Junior: black "Shadow Wave", 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, lockdown filler; diaphragm has been removed to preserve near-perfect barrel transparency (pen will not fill); crisp imprint with 1st quarter 1938 date code, nib has compatible 4th quarter 1937 code, overall condition is as new, probably never filled.

DATE: 1938 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $350

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11695: Parker Vacumatic Debutante set: silver pearl laminate, 11.85 cm long, chrome plated trim, Blue Diamond clip, striped section and end jewels, aluminum Speedline filler, two-tone arrow nib, fine barrel transparency, usual slight swelling over filler unit, good imprint with 3rd quarter date code; matching injector pencil has first quarter date code, uses 1.1 mm lead. Both pen and pencil have matching extra-wide "jeweler's" cap bands, engraved "E. G.".

DATE: 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $365

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11697: Parker Vacumatic Junior: golden pearl laminate double-jewel, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, metal Speedline filler, good barrel transparency, strong barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code; scratch across "PARKER" on nib, multiple tool scratches on blind cap along with dents to tassie ring (see details).

DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • $165

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11694: Parker Vacumatic Major: green pearl laminate, 12.8 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, fine barrel transparency, wartime production with plastic filler unit, diamond imprint on end of filler; two-tone nib plating worn, appears to be silver rather than platinum or palladium (consistent with wartime materials restrictions), just enough tip shape and flex to give a shaded line.

DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $200

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11789: Parker Vacumatic Sub-Debutante: green pearl laminate, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, Canadian-made, strong barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, excellent barrel transparency, some marring to surface around cap band, possibly from exposure to some solvent; long-tined semiflex nib allows for some line width variation. Came to us in a Parker-made blue leather carrying case with gilt-stamped insignia of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

DATE: 1945 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine semiflex • SOLD

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9153: Parker Vacumatic Sub-Debutante: unusual green pearl laminate, 11.9 cm long, nonstandard chrome plated trim, barrel imprint worn but partially legible, fine barrel transparency. Green Vacs normally came with gold filled trim.

DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $200

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10137: Parker Vacumatic: uncommon black Canadian model, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, like a long Major, but with non-Blue-Diamond clip of typically Canadian form. Good imprint with large date code, fine barrel transparency, very fine nib has slightly later (or earlier?) date code, good for writers with a light touch.

DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine • $165

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11779: Parker Vacumatic Major: silver pearl laminate, 12.65 cm long, chrome plated trim, Blue Diamond clip, good barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, excellent barrel transparency.

DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $165

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