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Welcome to the revamped Vac page, long overdue. Sold pens have been removed from the page. Fresh update will start the page followed by all remaining pens organized by color.

Latest Update March 2014
  • Big Vac Attack
  • Senior Maximas
  • Off-catalogue scarce variants
  • Special Nibs
  • ... and a few bread-n-butter



The Tray 1005. Big Vac Attack!
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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
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Item # Color/Model/Generation/Year/Condition
Details
Nib: Price:  
1
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
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
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
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
$260


Senior Maxima and Oversize




Pen 3503 R: Parker Vacumatic Senior Maxima Set  1942  $575
  
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
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 3585 R:  Parker Vacumatic Standard 1st generation  $250
Burgundy Pearl Celluloid. 1937

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Extra Fine Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Extra Fine
Threads:  Exc
clarity:  Moderate AMber
Plastic: Clean
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Exc Size5 1/8" 12.9 cm PRICE$250
COMMENTS:   I'm fond of first generation pens, as the chunkier-vs-later contour yields a larger look and feel (objectively larger gripping section) than later similar niche pens. Early high line Vacs pack the "luxury" features which add charm to the series:  two tone nib, striped end jewels and gripping section, and triple cap-band. Burgundy is considered a "better" color.

Overall Extra-Fine condition. This one has all proper pieces, striped double end jewels, striped section, two tone nib. The nib writes a quite smooth fine line (noting the chunky iridium suggests "medium", but I must go with what it puts on paper). The nib has lost most of the two tone effect, rendering it nearly monotone. The plastic is quite clean, though barrel  has been personalized (neatly), "SW"


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
 
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  
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 3591 M:  Parker Vacumatic Major  $165
Emerald Pearl. 3rd Generation. 1945  (relatively uncommon seamed-plastic barrel variant)

Overall Grade: Excellent
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc
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Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:  moderate amber
Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine
Imprint: Exc
Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm PRICE$165
COMMENTSVacumatic Major and Junior (standard sized pen) from the 3rd generation 1942-1948 make excellent first Vacs for collectors, offering good size at reasonable cost. Nice color on this one. This 2nd-quarter 1945 pen has a feature found on at least some   1945-early 1946 Vacs, a seamed plastic variant, indicating the barrel was made by wrapping sheet stock rather than boring a rod, an esoteric finding that charms collectors.


Pen 3592  M:  Parker Vacumatic Major  $155  SOLD
Emerald Pearl.


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

Point: Fine Imprint: Exc Size: 5 1/8" 12.9cm PRICE: $225
COMMENTS Vacumatic Major and Junior (standard sized pen) from the 3rd generation 1942-1948 make excellent first Vacs for collectors, offering good size at reasonable cost. Nice color on this one.  This 2nd-quarter 1945 pen has a feature found on at least some   1945-early 1946 Vacs, a seamed plastic variant, indicating the barrel was made by wrapping sheet stock rather than boring a rod, an esoteric finding that charms collectors.  In fact this one has seamed plastic cap AND barrel, which is found on a further minority of pens.  Clean metal, sharp "Parker" Imprint, scattered light marks noted on barrel plastic.



Pen 3346 NB:  Parker Vacumatic Late Streamlined Standard $235
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 3593  M:  Parker Vacumatic Major  $235 Sold

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc
Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: clean
Point:  Flex Med Imprint:  Exc Size5 3/8" 13.6cm PRICE$235 sold
COMMENTS:   Double Jewel Vacumatic Major was manufactured 1937-1941 and offered frantic evolutionary tweaks. One must watch for mixes. This one is a proper pen a bit longer than 1937-1938 and 1943-1948 pens, what we tend thus to call a "long" Major. It is a step up from the typical starter Vac for collectors, that being the single jewel Major and Junior from 1942-8. Parts all are proper and period correct (a great deal of evolution occurred 1937-41).  Two tone nib, Striped top jewel, black (correct) bottom pseudojewel (the blind cap itself, lathed to a point).

Metal plunger has a spot of corrosion that does not affect function and which of course is not visible with blind cap in place.


Pen 3224 J:  Parker Vacumatic SENIOR set. 1st Gen 1936 $700
Golden Pearl Celluloid


Overall Grade: ExtraFine
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Extra Fine
Threads: Perfect clarity: Strong Red
Point: Fine-MEd Imprint:  Fine Size: 5 3/8" 13.6cm
PRICE: $700
COMMENTS: Senior (not to be confused for Senior Maxima or Vacuum-Filler Senior) is a "one-year" model essentially a Slender Oversize and predecessor no doubt to the following year's Slender Maxima. A standard-girth pen with longer parts than the Standard, with greater streamlining at the ends, the hallmark finding is the wide middle cap-band, the only three-band vacumatic to sport such a finding. An oversized nib and feed are stuffed into a standadr size gripping section. Often these are found with replacement later smaller Major nibs.

 A quite nice example. The pencil is more rare than the pen (as is typical for most vintage writing instruments).

Imprint complete but light in places. Nib writes a smooth fine-medium line. Two-tone nib effect is light and partial.


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

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
 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 3584 M: Parker Vacumatic "Long" Major (Double Jewel) 1938*  $150 SOLD
Jet Black Celluloid. Mild Parts Mix. Clean but consider a User.

Overall Grade: Exc.
Metal: exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:  Excellent/Ambered
Plastic: Exc
Point:  XF-F
Imprint:  Exc Size: 5 3/8" 13.5cm
PRICE$150
COMMENTSDouble Jewel Majors ran 1937-1941,  with longer pens made late 1938-1941, vs 1937-8.  This one has proper long cap and barrel, proper double jewel, proper metal filling unit. The blue diamond clip probably dates to early 1939+, and can be considered a modest parts mix (feather clips can be had but I've had limited time to explore the parts boxes lately). The nib either has lost original two-tone effect or also is a later nib, as it is monotone (date code not visible on nib).  Clean pen smooth point. Nice look. Entry level to a clean appearing "long" double jewel major, if you can live with the issue cited.


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

Overall Grade: Exc Trim:  Very clean
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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  yes
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  
yes

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 3589 M: Parker Vacumatic Junior Debutante  $195 (delay for final inkflow adjust)
Silver Pearl Shadow Wave Celluloid 1938 

Overall Grade: Extra Fine
Metal: Fine-XF Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition:  Extra Fine
Threads:  perfect clarity:    NA Plastic: Exc
Point:  Fine Imprint:  Excellent
Size5 5/8" 11.8 cm PRICE$195
COMMENTSIn Parker catalogues, the Junior Debutante (the smaller of  the two Shadow-wave pens from the 2nd generation) was introduced in 1938. The name gave way in 1939 to Sub-Deb and in 1939 Parker introduced a different Sub-Deb in the conventional hooped plastic with thinner smooth cap-ring. The Shadow-Wave pen though would continue (uncatalogued) through 1942.    To put forth an old meme about gray 1930's 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 a quite decent example in Silver Pearl celluloid. Tassie shows moderate wear (the ring at bottom of pen). The cap ring and clip show light wear. Color is excellent.


Pen 3507 J:  Parker Vacumatic  Special Cap-band Debutante 1941  $345
 
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 yes
 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 1829 Parker Vacumatic Junior. Larger Size.  1st Generation 1935
Mottled Silver Pearl Celluloid  $325  (find)

Overall Grade: Exc
Metal: Exc Color:  Exc CLICK FOR LARGER PIC
Nib condition: Exc 
Threads:  perfect clarity:    Exc+
Point:  Fine-XF Imprint:  Exc Size: 4 7/8"
PRICE: $325 
COMMENTSToday 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 has great color and stunning barrel clarity. It has the atypcial "lateral" date code seen often on fourth quarter 1935 pens.  There is a bit of brassing only to bottom tassie. Clip and bands are remarkably clean.


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
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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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