This fixed listing is for a serviced, completely restored 1948 Parker Vacumatic Black Major Fountain Pen with Gold trim. The date code is 8 with no dots so 4th Quarter 1948. I did a fill writing sample then flushed and ultrosonically cleaned again (Please see picture #12). I have thoroughly tested the pen with distilled water and it is properly filling as it should and as it was manufactured to fill.
There are no cracks, bite marks, splits, or monograms. The fountain pen is in excellent cosmetic condition and excellent working condition. There are two gold bands on the cap.The clarity is excellent, (Please see picture #11) The nib is a 14K Proper Parker Arrow USA Semi Flex Nib, Fine To Medium point. The date code on this nib is unreadable but I would say it is a mid 1940's Manufactured nib. Thank you for looking and your interest in my products. Following is some date coding information concerning Parker Fountain Pens.
My source is Parker Pens Penography, DATE CODES - DATING A PEN. IN MID 1934 PARKER BEGAN MARKING MOST PENS AND PENCILS WITH A DATE CODE, BOTH THE BARREL AND THE NIBS WERE MARKED. HOWEVER, LACKING A DATE CODE DOES NOT MEAN A PRE-1935 MADE PEN, SINCE MANY IMPRINTS HAVE BEEN WORN OFF WITH USE.THE FIRST DATE CODES WERE TWO DIGITS WHERE FIRST DIGIT DENOTING QUARTER OF PRODUCTION, 2ND DIGIT DENOTING THE PRODUCTION YEAR. FOR EXAMPLE: IF NIB DATE CODE OF 36 MEANS PRODUCED 3RD QUARTER OF 1936. In the second quarter of 1938 this system was however changed to save production time, and a new date code, using a system of dots was adopted. The stamp initially had three dots and for each quarter one dot was filed down leaving none for the fourth quarter. Since production was overlapping, examples exist with either the imprint 28 or 8 with two dots for the second quarter of 1938. Also, since this coding system extended over a decade, a pen marked. 8., could have been produced the second quarter of 1938 or second quarter of 1948. LENGTH - 5 1/8 inches.
CAP - Gold Split Arrow Parker with two gold rings. NIB MATERIAL - 14K Gold, NIB STROKE - Fine to Medium, 14K Proper Parker Arrow semi flex U.NIB, The date code on this nib is unreadable but I would say it is a mid 1940's nib. A smooth writing 14k Proper Parker Arrow semi flex U. Nib (See Picture #12, writing sample). This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Pens\Fountain Pens\Parker".
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