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Vacumatics from the Sept 2015 Update are shown first, followed by pens from earlier updates based mostly on color

Latest Update September 2015




September 2015 Update: Parkers other than Vacumatics can be found in other pages on the Vacumania website.

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Pen 3910 :  Parker Vacumatic Major $1285 SOLD
Scarce "Vacumatic Cap-band" early Major. 2nd Generation. 1937
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Overall Grade: Excellent
Trim: Superb Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: Moderate Amber

Point: Med Imprint: Exc
Size: 5 1/8" 13 cm
PRICE: $1285
COMMENTS:  The  "Vacumatic cap-band" early 1937 Vacumatics are among the most desirable Vacumatic clusters found. Shown on the 1937 catalogue cover but not inside, this cap-band was used briefly in 1937, at the start of the 2nd Generation for this series. Note the triple-stack tassie at bottom of blind cap, seen only with these early standard diameter Majors, shared in contour with the 1933-1934 chrome-plated tassies found on the Vacumatic thermometer case. This example pops. Plastic is clean, imprint is sharp, trim is superb. The two tone nib has mirror finish. Transparency is reasonable, a bright amber, but not water clear. The blind cap's contour suggest one side was slightly polished. This one is at least as  nice as the example in my personal collection


Pen 3881 J:  Parker Vacumatic Imperial  $1085
The larger size  Imperial. Golden Pearl Celluloid. Superb Condition

Overall Grade: Exc
Trim: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: Fine (bright amber)

Point: Fine-Med Imprint: Exc+
Size: 5 1/2" 13.8cm
PRICE: $1085
COMMENTS:  Near the top of the Vacumatic food chain rests the Imperial family, offered 1940-41 in the USA, blending features of the long running Vacumatic with the soon-to-be-released "51".  these are hard to find clean and this one is great. Excellent color. Clean contour and imprint. Proper two tone "Slender Maxima nib. Clean cap with no dents, no scratches, no engravings. Cap closes straight and true onto barrel.


Pen 3887 :  Parker Vacumatic Standard. Scarce "Ripley Variant. $825
Late 1933. An "advanced" Vacumatic

Overall Grade: Fine*
Trim: Extra Fine Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads So so
clarity: Exc
Plastic: some stress lines/chippage at top of cap
Point: Fine Imprint: Extra Fine
Size: 5 1/8" 13cm
PRICE: $825
COMMENTS:  Too much background to offer here in detail. You likely can find more by doing a "ripley" search at Fountain Pen Board. This is likely a mid-late 1933 product, around time Vacuum-Filler gave way to Vacumatic, and pens are found with both imprints. The plastic is not the usual burgundy.  This is the (in)famous blue/red cap-plastic, with clear/red barrel, with wider-than-typical stripes. Seen in one add citing "Ripley's Believe it or Not", collectors tend to call it the Ripley Vacumatic, not for any ripples in the cap plastic pattern.  Black blind cap is proper. This is an advanced variant that offers signficant condition challenges in general, as the plastic is physically and chemically fragile. Many pens turn up with the tops of the caps wholly gone, crystalized nigh unto powder.

This one is relatively sound, but it has a few issues. The good is that the barrel is very nice, with excellent transparency, strong "Parker Vacumatic" imprint, and clean plastic. Cap rings are clean. Edge brassing can be seen on tassie (bottom ring at butt of pen) and on clip ring. The cap closes only about 1/8 turn on barrel and with a grumble, but it holds and rests completely straight on the barrel.  The clip is a later Vacumatic clip probably from 1937 or so, while the pen of course is earlier. You can see slight chipping where the clip ring meets  cap, but the clip at least is frm and tight on the cap.  There are a couple tiny stress lines radiating a millimeter or so down the cap. I dare not try to swap the clip for the proper earlier one (I have some spares) as I fear the stress of trying to remove the jewel would shatter the cap top. These are that fragile. I've owned this one about 8 years, and the lesions at very top of cap have been stable. This one is not perfect, but it is well better than average... and I've got it priced 60-70% of a gem.  I've owned about 6 of these total, and had two gems die in a restorer's barn fire. Selling this one reduces me to one nice one with each imprint and one spare with a cap-top repair.


Pen 3883 :  Parker Vacumatic Senior Maxima $415
Golden Pearl Celluloid. 1940

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Trim: Extra Fine Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: Gone

Point: Fine-Med Imprint: Excellent
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $415
COMMENTS:  The large 2nd Generation Vacumatic.Lot of good points and couple things that keep it from excellent. Color is great. Trim overall quite clean with high point edge brassing and pin dings on the blind cap ring (tassie) at butt of pen.  Imprint is razor sharp. Has proper jewels (striped top and target bottom 'pseudojewel'). Smooth fine-med point, the nib is monotone, lacking the expected two tone effect. Though barrel color is great, there is no transparency left, likely the result of ink having been left in it 40 years before its recent restoration.  The plastic is clean save for presence of one tiny (one millimeter) flea-bit/toothmark about 1/3 the way back from the gripping section. You will have to look to find it. Nice eye appeal and sound writer with no fatal flaws, but not formally in gem condition.


Pen 3896 :  Parker Vacumatic Senior Maxima. 1940 $395
 2nd Generation Vacumatic. Double Jewel. Jet Black Celluloid

Overall Grade: Fine
Trim: Extra Fine Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: VG
Threads Fine
clarity: Fine

Point: Plump Medium+ Imprint: Very Good
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $395
COMMENTS:  The big Vacumatic from the 2nd Generation. This one has moderate wear and certainly is not full excellent, but it lacks any fatal falws that would reduce it to mere user, though it is very usable.  The palstic is clean. Imprint is light not sharp. Nib has some two-tone effect but has some light buffing marks next to right side fo arrow. High point brassing can be seen on tassie (blind cap bottom ring-- you can see in the pic) and more modestly at top of clip ring. The bottom tassie spins if twisted.  Cap closes straight and true, but a bit low on the barrel threads, turning about 1/3 around before locking well.  No cracks. The big gold-filled cap-band is clean. Pen has decent eye appeal.  Writing is gem. The pen has a plump tip and writes a nice wet medium to medium plus bold "signature" line. Fun pen to use.


Pen 3885 :  Parker Vacumatic Major $350 SOLD
Azure Blue Celluloid. Mint, Stickered.

Overall Grade: As Mint
Trim: Perfect Color:  Perfect
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Nib condition: Perfect
Threads Perfect
clarity: Water clear

Point: F Imprint: Mint
Size: 5" 12.9cm
PRICE: $350
COMMENTS:  Freshly restored in as-mint condition (no ink showed on dip testing), with original sticker pair. Glorious color and transparency. 3rd generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are the models I often recommend as starter Vacs. Good size. Reasonable Price. This one is a bit more loftily priced, as 99% or more of pens found are not in this condition. Unfortunately, this one sold from my case at the SF Pen Show this month before it could get to the website.


Pen 3886 :  Parker Vacumatic Major $275
Late Canadian Production. Burgundy Celluloid. 3rd Generation

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Trim: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Ex
Threads Perfect
clarity: Exc

Point: Fine Imprint: Extra Fine
Size: 5" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS:  Burgundy Celluloid was pretty well gone by the end of 1941, which also was the end of the double jewel era for Vacumatics. USA production of the Vac ceased in 1948. Canada however continued production through 1953 and reintroduced Burgundy in 1950.  Thus, we do find late production Canadian 3rd gen Burgundy Vacs (the ultra rare first quarter 1942 long-Major red Vacs are another story). They often turn up quite worn. This one is in very nice shape, with great color, bright transparency and clean trim. The pen writes a smooth fine line. Imprint is sharp save for the last few characters ("patent" mark and "53" date code). Top 10% for these, easily


Pen 3879 :  Parker Vacumatic Senior Maxims. Burgundy $475 SOLD

Overall Grade: Fine
Trim: Fine Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: Exc+

Point: Med Imprint: Extra Fine
Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $475
COMMENTS:  A big fat burgundy Vac.  Barrel is very nice. Cap has some brassing to lower edge, some scratches on band and on barrel lip. I had planned to do a (kosher) parts swap putting cap on a weaker barrel, a better cap on this barrel and aiming for a gem and a user. Unfortunately I brought this freshly restored pen with me to the SF Pen Show in August, and someone had to have it.

Pen 3882 R:  Parker Vacumatic Oversize $750 Sold
Burgundy Pearl Celluloid. Superb Condition

Overall Grade: Exc +
Trim: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: NA
Point: Med Imprint: Ex
Size: 5 3/8" 13.8cm
PRICE: $750 Sold
COMMENTS:  The big first generation Vacumatic. This one pops. Minimal signs of use. Superb barrel clarity. Razor sharp imprint. The works. Small barrel personalization is shown in window. This one I fear was claimed at the SF Pen Show last month, and thus didn't make it to the website update unsold. Sorry on that.


Pen 3888 :  Parker Vacumatic Standard. 1st Generation $350
Burgundy Pearl Celluoid. Amazing Barrel Transparency

Overall Grade: Nearmint** (see below)
Trim: Perfect Color:  Superb
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Nib condition: NM
Threads Perfect
clarity: As mint

Point: F-M Imprint: Superb
Size: 5 1/8" 12.9 cm
PRICE: $350
COMMENTS:  A pen which shows why these sold well in their day. Water clear barrel clarity and little to no sign of use. There is an internal barrel scratch shown in the inset pic, probably from someone scraping out the old sac. In an opaque pen this would not be visible. So it goes. I dropped the price in view of this imperfection. This one sold at the SF Pen Show and didn't make it to the  website update.


Pen 3897 :  Parker Vacumatic Junior. 1940 $300
Double Jewel. Silver Pearl Celluloid. Full Flex nib.

Overall Grade: Exc+
Trim: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads Perfect
clarity: Fine

Point: Fine full Flex Imprint: Exc
Size: 5 1/8" 13 cm
PRICE: $300
COMMENTS:  Unusually well preserved Silver Pearl 2nd Gen Vacumatic additionally graced with a rare full-flex nib.  This one I fear sold at the SF pen show before I could list it as available on the website update.


The Tray 1005. More Vacs!
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COMMENTS:  With 8 pen collections purchased during the last year, an array of nice Pelikans  found its way to Vacumania...  All nibs are 14 karat unless otherwise noted. This bunch spans more than 60 years of Pelikan production. The 101-N Tortoise has great color. Some have quite interesting nibs :)


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Tray
Slot
Item # Color/Model/Generation/Year/Condition
Details
Nib: Price:  
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3710 Burgundy Slender. 1st Generation. 1934. Double Jewel User-Grade (Extra Fine*)
Would be excellent, but has a partial delamination hiding near top of back of cap (loupe reveals a line between a black and red stripe). All the early high-line features: striped jewels, striped section, two tone nib. Fine point. A user with great eye appeal.
F
$120
SOLD
2 3711 Emerald Standard. 1st Generation. 1935. Double Jewel Excellent
All the bells and whistles Striped everything and two tone nib. Great color/trim/imprint/barrel-clarity. Smooth fine+ point with proper two tone nib.
F
$275
SOLD
3 3712 Burgundy mottled Junior. 1st Gen.  pre-late-1934 (first year).Double Jewel Excellent
Early Junior had non-arrow nibs marked "Parker Vacumatic". This one is pre-date code, marked "PAT for patent". Excellent condition. Strong though somewhat ambered barrel clarity. Fine-Med point. nice wet line.
F-M
$275
4-5 3713 Black Senior Maxima Set. 2nd Gen. Double Jewel 1938  Extra Fine. Personalized
The big boy. Clean plastic and great transparency. No brassing. Couple light marks to bottom ring (tassie). Barrel has two stamped neat initials,  "N.M.". I guess that would be ok if pen were Near Mint. Smooth wet fine-medium point.
F-M
$375
SOLD
6 3714 Emerald Senior Maxima. 2nd Gen. Double Jewel. Very Good. Early 1942
Another Big Vac. First Quarter 1942, arguing the switch to 3rd Generation happened after Jan 1.  Nice color and plastic. Trace edge brassing on bottom of cap-band.  Some corrosion to the blind cap ring (tassie) has left a defect 1mm by 5mm running around that ring.  No transparency left. Decent eye appeal, but not quite collector grade. A functional user. Cap is quite clean. Point is fine, but adjustment has left it writing nice wet medium line
F-M
$300
SOLD
7 3715 Burgundy Debutante 2nd Gen, 1939. Double Jewel Excellent
First Red Debutante I've had for sale in a couple years.  4 5/8" in length. Great color, trim, imprint, clarity.  Smooth fine line.
F
$175
SOLD
8 3716 Golden Pearl Debutante 2nd Gen, 1939 Double Jewel Near mint
Superb Debutante. Near mint barrel clarity. Clean trim. Sharp imprint. Top 5% or better for condition.
F
$160
9 3717 Golden Pearl Senior Maxima (really). 3rd Generation. Single Jewel. 1946 NM- MINT
Late Maximas have the thin Major-style cap-band and of course are single jewel, but have the oversized Maxima proportions. This one is a monster.  Might have been dipped, but appears as mint. Water-clear barrel transparency. Two toned 1942 Maxima nib with mirror finish. The gem of the tray.
F
$700
SOLD
10 3718 Emerald Major 3rd Generation. Single Jewel, 1947. NM-Mint. Broad-Stub nib.
Water-clear transparency. As-mint condition. Monster Broad-Stub "calligraphy" nib. Rare Vac nib.
Stub
$280
SOLD


Senior Maxima and Oversize, not shown above



Pen 3503 R: Parker Vacumatic Senior Maxima Set  1942  $575 SOLD
  
Silver Pearl Celluloid. 3rd Generation. Scarce Pencil

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color: Exc
Nib condition:Superb
Threads: Perfect claritySuperb:

Point: Fine Imprint: Excellent Size5 5/16 " 13.6 cm PRICE: $575
COMMENTS:The final  style for Senior Maxima. Full 9/16th cap diameter. Senior Maxima in 1942 with start of the third generation of Vacs, became single jewel and adopted the thinner style cap-band of the Major. These actually are well more scarce than 1937-1941 double jewel Maximas; my hypothesis is that with the appearance of the Parker "51", many customers who had been willing  to spring $10 for the Maxima, were willing to pop an extra $2.50 to get the brand new "51".  Pencils are more scarce still, and in 14 years hunting Vacs, I've seen just 3-4 silver pearl late Maxmia pencils.  Clean plastic, superb transparency, sharp manufacturer's imprint.  The pen has the chromed metal non-locking filler sometimes seen on early single jewel Maximas.    I will have to replace the pencil's top jewel before shipping (has  a chip, but is a replaceable part). Pen has light wear to the fragile chrome trim.  Neat set.



Scarce "Vacu-Fold"


Pen 2357M Parker Vacumatic done in Duofold plastic/contour  $235 SOLD
The dread Vacufold. And odd and scarce pen.

Overall Grade:  Fine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:  Extra Fine
Point: Fine Imprint:  Ahhhh.... Size: 5 5/16" 13.2cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTSA nifty variant, well known to those who know.  In late 1942-early 1943 Parker produced some Vacumatics (including odd size like this one) in the striped celluloid better known from the 1940's Duofold series. These appear about two years after the introduction of the Duofold proper. They feature a Vac nib and Vac-style clip of course, as well as a cap-band unique on plastic of this pattern to these short lived Vacumatics. This "stacked coin" capband is not seen on Duofolds, proper. The pen has a "Vacumatic", not "Duofold", barrel imprint.

This one shows real signs of use, though hardly anything fatal. Color and clarity are sound. Clean nib is a smooth fine point. Plastic is very clean. But... the cap-band cartouche (area meant for engraving) has couple visible nicks. There is some "silvering" (some WWII era pens show silver beneath the gold-fill, instead of brass) and the Vacumatic imprint is weak, showing "parker" well enough but just hint of couple letters of Vacumatic.  Priced about the same as typical striped Duofold Senior, but waaaay more rare. 


More Vacs.  Burgundy Pearl



Pen 3109 S:  Parker Vacumatic "late" 3rd Generation  1952 Canadian
Burgundy Celluloid   $275

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Fine
Threads: Perfect clarity: Superb
Point: Fine Imprint:  Extra Fine Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $275
COMMENTS Burgundy Pearl last appeared in USA Parker catalogues in 1940, though 1941 pens are both well known and prevalent, and even rare (I've seen 4 total in ten years hunting) first quarter 1942 single jewel "long" Major and "long" streamlined Standard are known.  Most collectors thus figure their single jewel collections will comprise 5 colors not 6. However, Parker continued Vacumatic production in Canada until 1953, not stopping in 1948 as in the USA. Pens after 1948 of course lack the blue diamond, even in models that once had it.

By 1950 Parker created a new 2-digit date code (lopping off the "19" from 195x for the year, stamping the final two digits of the actual year to serve as date code).  Canada in 1950 reintroduced Burgundy. While these late Vacs thus had some style tweaks relative to most 3rd generation pens, it is thus possible to add red Vacs to one's collection of 3rd Gen Vac Major and Debutante (I know of know Maximas produced this late, in any color), by embracing this late Canadian finding.

Many late Canadian pens, often returning to the USA from southern continents, are heavily worn and rather sun-fried.  This one is quite nice. Superb color and superb barrel clarity (poorly shown in the pic), the trim is free of brassing.  Imprint well better than average, still  a bit light here and there. Fine Point.


More Vacs.  Azure Blue


Pen 3528  Parker Vacumatic Major. 3rd Generation 1944   $140 SOLD
 
Azure Blue Celluloid

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Excellent Color Extra Fine:
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Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity:  Mild Red

Point:  Fine-Medium Imprint: Extra Fine
Size5 1/8 " 12.9 cm PRICE: $140
COMMENTS: Major and Junior (standard sized pen) from the 3rd generation 1942-1948 make excellent first Vacs for collectors, offering good size at reasonable cost.  This is decent example, not full blown excellent, with barrel color- will rich in areas, a bit subdued.  Clean pen. Nice writer.


Pen 3213 JB:  Parker Vacumatic Major 3rd Generation 1944  $135  SOLD
Black  Celluloid

Overall Grade:  Fine
Metal: No brassing* Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: None Left
Point: XF-F Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $135
COMMENTS: 3rd Generation Major and Junior offer nice combination of good size and reasonable price, making for popular "first Vac" status.   Writes a smooth fine line. The pen has nice color but no longer has any transparency to the barrel. No brassing but  a tiny shallow/superficial ding to cap-band. Nice user.


More Vacs.  Emerald Pearl




Pen 3346 NB:  Parker Vacumatic Late Streamlined Standard $235  SOLD
1946 Emerald Pearl Celluloid
Exotic Variant Alert

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Bright Red
Point: Medium (fine side) Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $235
COMMENTS: Vacumatic Standard is catalogued as a lockdown-fill, first generation pen. It is well known that the triple cap-band look survived into the 2nd Generation as the collector-named "Streamlined" Standard, of same shape as the "Long' Major.  Less well known is that while Streamlined Standard seemingly was discontinued late 1941, perhaps early 1942, the triple cap-band crops up again on pens dated (so far) 1945-7 in typical "non-Long" Major (same as Junior) contour.  Most of these scarce variants are found in black, gray and brown. I've handled perhaps four green pens during the last 12 years. One must watch for mixes, with 2nd generation caps on 3rd generation pens. Key is color match (for green and gray; earlier pens had different shade) and cap length.  This one is all there.  Bit of brassing to bottom cap-band. Uncommon variant at modest price bump, as the esoterica thing can be pushed just so far.


Pen 2897-WD Parker Vacumatic 3rd Generation Major 1944   $165 (Available shortly pending jewel adjustment)
Azure Blue Celluloid

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal:  Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: perfect clarity: PENDING
Point lush Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $165 
COMMENTS:  Third Generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are popular entry-to-series pens, providing good size at reasonable cost. Very clean pen. Wet very smooth medium point.


More Vacs.  Golden  Pearl



Pen 1849 Parker Vacumatic Senior Pencil 1936
Golden Pearl Celluloid. Scarce Pencil  $175 SOLD

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: NA
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc
Point:  NA Imprint:  Exc Size: 5"
PRICE: $175
COMMENTSEssentially a one year model the Vacumatic Senior- essentially a Slender Oversize- was the predecessor to the Slender Maxima. Pencils are more difficult to find than are the pens, which are... difficult to find.  This one will turn your brown Senior pen into a set. Or it can stand alone as a fairly hefty and unusual writing tool, if you happen to seek a nice pencil.


Pen 1752 Parker Vacumatic Junior Debutante. Double Jewel 1939
The 2nd Generation Short Shadow-Wave in Golden pearl Celluloid  $185

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Extra Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    VG
Point:  Fine-Med Imprint:  Fine Size: 4 5/8"
PRICE: $185 
COMMENTS:  Shadow-Wave is a pattern, not a model. It appears on various econo-line models from late 1937 probably through 1943. This one is a 2nd Generation Junior Debutante from 1939. All correct. Nice writer. Nice shape.


Pen 3333:  Parker Vacumatic  Major "Jeweler's Cap-band"  1941  $250 SOLD
 3nd Generation. Black Celluloid

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Fine Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Fine
Threads:  Exc clarity: Minimal AMber
Point: Full Medium Imprint: Fine Size: 5 3/8" 13.2 cm
PRICE: $250
COMMENTSThe so-called Jeweler's cap-band Vacs are relatively uncommon variants produced from 1939-1941. Factory original, the key finding is an extra-wide lined capband. 16 possible blue-diamond variants can be found- 4 sizes in 4 colors. Only in Nov 2006 did i finally complete this mini-collection, having tracked down the black small Debutante pen.  

This one is the 2nd size pen with same contour used for the Major and Slender Maxima of that era, though all pens found with this cap-band have Major nib. This pen and the 1st Size pen (Senior Maxima) share the  larger of the two Jeweler's Band forms found in this variant cluster.

A nice writer with full medium point and with nice eye appeal, the cap-band has a few visible tiny ('pin') dings in the cartouche, the imprint is light and the nib has lost essentially all of the two-tone effect. That said, with so severe flaws, it is priced same as excellent example of far more common typical double jewel Major with usual cap-band.


Pen 3166 Parker Vacumatic Major $ 195 DETAILS PENDING
Golden Pearl Celluloid

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Exc
Point: F-M Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9 cm
PRICE: $ 195
COMMENTS Double Jewel 2nd Generation saw frantic evolution. This is the final iteration of the 1937-1941 pen.


Pen 3348 NB:   Parker Vacumatic Debutante 2rd Generation 1940 $110
Golden Pearl  Celluloid

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Excellent Color:  Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 2-Tone
Threads: Perfect clarity: Superb
Point: Fine Imprint: Light Size: 4 5/8" 12cm
PRICE: $180
COMMENTS: Serviceable double jewel Debutante.  Color  a bit subdued, later plastic filler instead of metal. Clean two tone nib. Light imprint. Clean trim (cap-band will get  a wipe-down to remove tarnish; it is not brassed).


Pen 2281 Parker Vacumatic 2nd Generation Junior $190 (slight delay for jewel adjustment)
Double Jewel. Golden Pearl Celluloid. "Speedline Filler" 1940

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Nearmint
Threads:  perfect clarity:    VG
Point:   Fine. Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8cm
PRICE: $190 
COMMENTS:  The double jewel 2nd generation Junior was the first Junior to feature the well known striped Vacumatic plastic.  This one as crisp. Excellent trim and plastic. Nice eye appeal. Nice writer.


Pen 2535 Parker Vacumatic 3rd Generation Major 1944 $160  (slight delay for jewel adjustment)
 Golden Pearl Celluloid.

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Extra Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity:  Modest amber
Point:  XF Imprint: Fine Size 5 1/8" 13 cm PRICE: $160
COMMENTS:  Third Generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are popular entry-to-series pens, providing good size at reasonable cost. This one packs a really fine point.


Pen 2997-S  Parker Vacumatic 3rd Gen Golden Pearl  1945  $150  (delay for re-polishing)
Uncommon Seamed Barrel Plastic found on some late 1945-early 1946 pens

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine.
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Perfect clarity: minimal red
Point: F Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $150
COMMENTSThird Generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are popular entry-to-series pens, providing good size at reasonable cost The seamed barrel plastic found on this one is a bit of an esoteric variation from the norm, well known though  to those who know.


Pen 3010-S  Parker Vacumatic Major. 3rd Gen. Golden Pearl  $175
Pearl Uncommon Seamed Plastic (cap AND barrel) 3rd quarter 1945

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Extra Fine CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Moderate Amber
Point: F-M smooth Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $175
COMMENTSThird Generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are popular entry-to-series pens, providing good size at reasonable cost.  Seamed plastic seems to crop up mid 1945-early 1946, often just on cap or barrel.  Appears to represent a trial with new process to making the rod stock. Uncommon if esoteric variant. Less common still  to find with both parts seamed.  Nice smooth fine-medium point.   


Pen 3214 JB:  Parker Vacumatic Major 3rd Generation 1946 $140
Golden Pearl Celluloid

Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: mild Red
Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm
PRICE: $140
COMMENTS: 3rd Generation Major and Junior offer nice combination of good size and reasonable price, making for popular "first Vac" status.  Clean trim, color and imprint.  Nice writer.


Pen 2988-S  Parker Vacumatic 1946 Golden Pearl $115  (Ships Late July)

Overall Grade: Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Exc clarity:  Moderate Red Plastic: Fine
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $115
COMMENTSThird Generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are popular entry-to-series pens, providing good size at reasonable cost.   Nice pen with some light toothmarks in the blind cap.


Pen 2999-S  Parker Vacumatic 3rd Gen. Golden Pearl 1945 $130

Overall Grade:  ExtraFine
Metal: ExtraFine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  Perfect clarity: minimal Red
Point: M Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $130
COMMENTSThird Generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are popular entry-to-series pens, providing good size at reasonable cost. Couple light marks to blind cap.  This one packs a nice  full medium nib.


More Vacs.  Jet Black celluloid
(includes some interesting variants)



Pen 1571 Parker Vacumatic Junior (larger model)
1st Generation. 1937. "Reticulated Lines" pattern  $285 

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Very clean
CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc Threads:  Perfect  Clarity:  Moderate amber

Point: Fine firm Imprint:   Exc Size:  4 7/8" PRICE: $285
COMMENTS:    A very nice example of this two-year pattern. The trim is superb, better than most of this sort. The tranparency is readily apparent when pen is held to light, and has an amber-red cast, not nearmint white-yellow. 


Pen 3014-S  Parker Vacumatic Junior 2nd Gen  1939   $225 (delay for nib tweak)
Jet-Black Shadow-Wave. Excellent Barrel Clarity

Overall Grade:  Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Perfect CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Excellent
Point:   (pending) Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.8 cm
PRICE: $225
COMMENTSShadow-Wave WAS made in black. Most seem opaque due to loss of shadow-wave clarity and of course the cap and blind cap ARE opaque. A 2nd Generation Double Jewel pen with of course the post-early-1939 "pseudo-jewel" construction to the blind cap.  Very clean trim and excellent clarity woefully underestimated in the photo above. This one has bright yellow clarity.  I will fit it with a nib shortly, likely a typical fine-medium point. 


Pen 2540 Parker Vacuamtic 3rd Generation Major  $195  
Jet Black Celluloid. 1942. A "First Year" third generation Variant

Overall Grade: Extrafine
Metal: Exc Color: Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads perfect clarity: Rich Ruby
Point:  Fine-Med  Twotone Imprint:  ExtraFine Size: 5 5/16" 13.6cm
PRICE: $195
COMMENTSThird Generation Vacumatic Major and Junior are popular entry-to-series pens, providing good size at reasonable cost.  Often ignored is the subtle variant seen with the roughly first year of production for the third generation. These pens continued the longer rod stock of the 2nd generation and only slowly gave up the "luxury" features found before.  This one has chromed metal filler unit and had two tone nib. It has the longer early-type rod stock both cap and barrel. Nib packs "2" imprint. Barrel imprint is sound save for "made in USA" and the date code pretty well gone. Clarity, whilst ambered, is well better than the top-lit photo shows. 


Pen 1878 Parker Vacumatic Standard. 1st Generation 1933-34
Uncommon "Longitudinal Windows" Celluloid  $315  

Overall Grade: Exc+
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 2-tone
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Superb
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8"
PRICE: $315 
COMMENTSA pre-date code, first year first generation Vacumatic Standard. Longitudinal Windows (Vertical transparency stripes)  plastic is found in early first generation Vacs and is not the same plastic as the occasionally seen 1941 Vacumatic in striped Duofold plastic.  This one is a primo example. Obviously, it has a personal name in barrel, "Clarence A. Donner".  Trim is clean. Clarity is superb. Manufacturer's imprint is excellent.  A Vac for he whose seeks that which is not ordinary :-)


More Vacs.  Silver Pearl


Pen 3588 M:  Parker Vacumatic Junior $295
Mottled Silver Pearl Celluloid with Reverse Trim (Off Catalogue Finding)

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity :NA
Point: XF-F Imprint: Exc Size: 4 7/8" 12.3cm PRICE: $295
COMMENTS Parker catalogued its gray (Silver Pearl) pens with chrome-plated (white) trim. Fairly rare pieces turn up with the trim found on all other colors, gold-filled.  These reverse-trim pens are sought by advanced collectors.  In my nearly 15 years collecting Vacs, I doubt I've seen even  twenty five in gray, counting the 100+ pen shows and all that pen hunting.  Amongst those the mottled Junior likely is the most common I've seen at least five of them)  Excellent condition with clean unbrassed trim and with nice color and imprint.  The barrel has been personalized "Alfred Goodell".  A pen for serious Vac collectors.



Pen 3507 J:  Parker Vacumatic  Special Cap-band Debutante 1941  $345 SOLD
 
Off-Catalogue extra-wide smooth cap-band.

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color: Exc
Nib condition:Exc
Threads: Perfect clarity: Extra Fine

Point: Fine Imprint: Extra Fine
Size: 4 5/8 " 12 cm PRICE: $345
COMMENTS: A special Vac that derives from Debutante/Sub-Debutante from the 2nd generation.  Debutante has a thin-medium decorative cap-band. Sub-deb has a very thin smooth cap-band.  A handful of wide smooth bend pens have turned up over the years. Amongst the four known colors, I've likely owned about 10 total examples and seen another 5-10.  I've also seen just a couple in Major size.  This is the second best Silver Pearl Debutante example I've owned, and only is offered as I recently acquired a marginally nicer pen. You know my screed about Silver Pearl pens, " "Today they are common and often less expensive than other colors. They are all-told in less demand today because the pale color shows celluloid discoloration more than other colors and because unlike gold-filled trim the chrome trim cannot readily be polished once worn or pitted.  My assertion is they are common because back in the day, when clean, they were stunningly lovely pens and thus sold well. They are  uncommon today  in very clean condition "

This one is quite nice, with clean plastic and with far better than average trim with just a bit of wear to cap-band.   This one is a collector's pen, meant for those who-- as I do-- hunt exotic Vacumatics. 


Pen 2251R Parker Vacumatic Junior 2nd Generation $225 
 Silver Pearl Shadow Wave 1941 

Overall Grade:  Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:modest amber
Point:   Fine Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 1/8" 13.2cm
PRICE: $225 
COMMENTS:  Shadow-Wave is a pattern, not a model. It appears on various econo-line models from late 1937 probably through 1943. This one is an all-correct Vacumatic Junior from 1941, the longest model pocket pen found in this plastic.  The silver pearl celluloid on this one shows excellent color. The white metal trim, often trashed on these, is well aboe average with a bit of wear to the bands but no brassing. Nice fine point.



Pen 1764 Parker Vacumatic 1st Generation Junior
Mottled Silver Celluloid. Excellent clarity. Larger Size Junior
  $225

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:  superb barrel is personalized
Point:  Lush Medium Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 5/6"
PRICE: $225 
COMMENTS:   Today often bedeviled by heavy ambering and wear to that unpolishable white trim, the collector does not have an easy job finding crisp early mottled Vacumatic Juniors.  But, when found, they make a for pleasant acquisitions.  This one is a gem in all respects.  Obviously, a bold but neat personal name has been engraved in the barrel, "JS Kapadia". This impacts value, but not condition. A nice writer with plump medium nib.

Pen 1620 Parker Vacumatic 1st Generation Junior 1936
Silver Pearl with "Reverse" Trim  $225


Overall Grade: G-VG
Metal: VG Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: VG Threads:  perfect clarity:    Amber-red

Point:  Firm Fine
Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 7/8"
PRICE: $225 
COMMENTSSilver-Pearl Vacs feature chrome-tone trim... except for the very occasional uncatalogued "reverse" trim pen, which has goldfilled trim on silver pearl plastics. My personal collection- after 8 years of hunting these- features about 10 pens total from all Vacdom.

This one is an intact, though imperfect example. The goldfilled capbands are brassed, though enough spots of original gold is present to show this was never a white-trim pen. Clip and tassie are much better- it is not uncommon for those thin capbands to take selective wear. The blind cap alignment is a smidge off. Tranparency is pretty good with large swaths of reddened transparency. Imprint is excellent. A very unusual vac markedly discounted vs an excellent example

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CONTACT ME will open a link to my email in your own email program, or you can email me by cloning isaacson@frontiernet.net into your browser-based email page. 

I do not maintain an e-cart, as each pen offered tends  to be unique, and it is best we discuss to confirm availability etc, before proceeding to the sale.  Shipping in USA ranges $8-11 or so.  International Shipping runs about $45 for USPS Tracked Express (necessary when dealing through Paypal), though of late a $25-ish Priority option might work.


Enjoy the pens.


-David 






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