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1936, black and silvery green celluloid, bright chrome trim, triangular clip with ball at end is engraved: Parker.
The color is slightly darker than original, but far better than most from this era, I’d give it an 8 out of 10 with 10 being perfect. There is a hint of brassing to the cap edge and also at top of the cap back center. It is not unusual for the pencils which were made of celluloid to vary slightly from the fountain pens made of Lucite. ) Shiny black lacquer finish with bright chrome accents. The attached large cardboard easel on the back side has never been used. Large illustration on top half of a desk top with Parker Quink Permanent Blue-Black, a Parker Vacumatic fountain pen, smoking pipe and a framed photograph.
They were (and still are) one of the great fountain pen companies, and the arrow clip design should be instantly recognizable to anyone who pays attention to fine pens.
This has a rare clip in that the back end is flat, with no feather impressions.
At first I thought it might have been made this way to accommodate someone's logo to be soldered on there, but it has no solder tinning; it's gold filled, and it has an impression of the vertical arrow shaft running through the area that usually would have the feather impressions, so the feather impressions were not ground off or there would not be this vertical shaft; it would have been ground off, too.
Another drawback of sac fillers was that it was impossible to see how much ink you had left.
(Sheaffer tried to make lever-fill pens that would allow this, but were only moderately successful.) The smart people at Parker realized that once they had eliminated the sac, all they had to do was use some transparent material in the body and the ink level would be easily visible. An innovative filling system and a visible ink supply were great, but the Vacumatic might not have been the success that it was if not for another factor: it was .
$150 ITEM #5120: PARKER VACUMATIC DESK PEN WITH FLEXIBLE ACCOUNTANT NIB.