Magnificant, Never Used, Parker Golden Pearl IMPERIAL Vacumatic Fountain Pen
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Unused, Very Rare and Gorgeous, Large Size ** Parker Golden Pearl IMPERIAL Vacumatic Fountain Pen ** United States, 1946
This very rare Parker Vacumatic IMPERIAL - with its exquisite golden pearl laminate barrel and gold filled wavy line insignia cap, testifies to Parker's early adaptation of the new streamlined forms that became the zeitgeist of the latter 1930s, notably as a result of Raymond Loewy's innovative designs.
Launched as Parker's top of the market prestige model, the IMPERIAL, from the onset, foreshadowed a new epoch in Parker pen design, one that went on to yield the Parker 51, whose lines clearly found all their origins in the forms and cap design of the IMPERIAL.
Indeed, the IMPERIAL represents Parker's first pen, since their introduction of Pyralin (celluloid) in the mid 1920s, to feature a metal cap.
Produced by Parker in two sizes, the present piece is the desirable large sized version.
Of note also are the integrated hour-glass-shaped gripping section with screw thread at the far extremity, which - rather than a separate piece - is part and parcel to the IMPERIAL's pen barrel.
Provenance: The present pen was the property of a member of Parker Management of the period. It is one of eight rare pens acquired from his widow and featured in 1989 at the International Antique Fountain Pen Salon in Geneva Switzerland.
Date: Q1-6 - as shown by the marking "6 with 3 dots" - that is, from the first quarter of 1946. Dating Parker pens is easy. A single year number is used for the 1930s-1940s, a double number in the 1950s. 3 dots for 1st quarter, 2 dots 2nd Quarter, 1 dot 3rd Quarter and no dots 4th. The present pen is therefore possibly the last documented IMPERIAL, which reputedly were sold "only for a very short time in the early 1940s".
Overall Length: 13.5 cm / 5 3/8 inchesCondition: Mint - visibly this pen has never been inked - with crisp clear brand imprint. Due to the pen's original never used condition, we have not filled it for testing. However, the Vacumatic filling mechanism and bladder can be observed through the pen barrel to be perfectly functional, elastic and intact. *********
Parker Pen Company
The Parker Pen Company was founded by George S. Parker in 1888. Dissatisfied with the pens available at the time, Parker's mission was to produce an eminently reliable pen. This tradition continued admirably in the decades that ensued, with the Company becoming the number one leader in writing instrument sales from 1920 through the 1960s.
Parker also continued to regularly revolutionize the fountain pen and all that accompanied it. In 1931 Parker launched Quink, an ink that did away with the need for blotters. This breakthrough also paved the way for Parker's launch in 1941 of the Parker 51, that would go on to become the most popular fountain of all times ($400,000,000 in sales over its 30 year lifespan).
The Parker Pen Company also came to epitomize prestige, as well as the highest standards of craftsmanship, technology and design. As such, Parker pens were frequently selected to sign important documents, including the Armistice following World War II and the INF Treaty between President Ronald Regan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.
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- Mint, unused old stock
- Pyralin (Celluloid) and Gold Filled Metal