Hi everyone! I was at an antiques market today and found some good deals on a few pens. Apparently it was from an estate of a collector and there were over 700 excellent pens, including many Sheaffer, Parker, Waterman, Conway-Stewart, Eversharp, etc.
I ended up grabbing a few with the little cash I had on hand, including this Vacumatic. All of my Vacumatics are the plastic filler from the 1940s, but this one had a lockdown filler that intrigued me, plus I have a matching pencil for it that I've had for a few years already. I also enjoy the way these double-jeweled pens look. This one isn't in the greatest cosmetic condition, but the nib looks straight and smooth and it'll be a good user-grade pen. I know it also needs restoration, but for $32.50, I can't complain.
I've been trying to date this pen and I'm completely confused. The nib says "36" with no dots. I assume this means 3rd quarter 1936. No real confusion there. However, the imprint on the barrel is ".47.", I was under the impression that the only 2 digit date codes with dots were from the late 40s/early 50s? I have a few Vacs in my collection with single digit date codes with dots, but nothing like this. I am also aware that some Vacumatics had 2 digit date codes, but all of the sources I'm finding say nothing about dots along with 2 digits... just one. Could anyone help with this? I have attached some pics, hopefully they turned out as it was hard to get my phone to focus that closely.
Thanks! I really appreciate it.