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1942 Parker Vacumatic Identification



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Hello:

 

I acquired this parker Vacumatic recently.  It has a 1942 date code on the barrel (nib date code is 1940).  It is 5.24 inches long capped, and the barrel diameter is .47 inches. It has a plastic filler unit.   I am trying to identify the correct model, ie., major, standard, etc.  I looked up the dimensions for Parker vacumatics on Richard Binders site, and I could not fit it to one model due to the length of the pen.  Please help me identify the correct model.  Thank you.

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Wrong clip for 1942.

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3 hours ago, FarmBoy said:

Wrong clip for 1942.

Interesting. Should it be a blue diamond clip?  If it was the right clip, what model would it be?

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Where was it made?  (barrel imprint, not nib)

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2 hours ago, dicks390 said:

Interesting. Should it be a blue diamond clip?  If it was the right clip, what model would it be?

I suspect nib is also replaced. In 1942 it would be a blue diamond clip with chevron band unless it was non lifetime pen with wrong cap. 

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1 hour ago, Ron Z said:

Where was it made?  (barrel imprint, not nib)

Does not “look” Canadian. 

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Beechwood

Looks to me to have been built up, at least three seperate pens. I know of  one pen repairer who puts this sort of pen together, including lash-ups for paying customers, he will put wrong Parker clips on to Parker pens because that is the best he can do without sourcing extra parts.

 

If the pen works then just use it for what it is.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Ron Z said:

Where was it made?  (barrel imprint, not nib)

Barrel imprint says Made in USA.

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11 hours ago, FarmBoy said:

Does not “look” Canadian. 

Always worth asking though.  I've seen some weird stuff on pens assembled north of the border.

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Did all pens of 1942 manufacture come with plastic fillers? I have three Juniors datecoded 1942 and all three have plastic fillers. 

 

Or is it just a co-incidence? 

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Beechwood

The Vacumatic book says that all Vacumatics produced in 1942 had plastic fillers but says, and I quite believe it, that there were several oddities produced during 1942 that were never catalogued using whatever stick of parts was at hand. There was a transition phase during 1942 and that included the use of speedline fillers with the phase 3 blind cap. During this time there were speedline fillers witha  chrome finish and other one off features. There is an illustration of a 1942 Imperial with a speedline and a phase 3 blind cap.

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Given the pen is 5.24 inches long capped, and .47 inches wide on the barrel, but has a different nib and cap,  is it a "standard" vac?

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1 hour ago, Beechwood said:

I think, and others please correct me, a Long Major.

That seems to make the most sense to me given the length.

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