This is a lovely example of the very desirable Parker Vacumatic Maxima. It was made in Canada and is date coded for 1940. The Maxima was the biggest Vacumatic that Parker made at that time, it is longer and has a bigger girth than the standard Vacumatic range. It was an expensive pen in its time and is now very rare.
The first generation Vacumatics, branded as Oversize, (1932 - 1936) were fitted with the metal lockdown filler and had a short blind cap and a triple cap ring arrangement, the seond generation, branded as the Vacumatic Maxima, (1937 - 1941) were fitted with the speedline filler with the longer blind cap and a single cap band, the third generation (1942 - 1948) were fitted with the plastic filler, again with a longer blind cap and a single cap band. This is a 2nd Generation Maxima with the Speedline Filler and the single cap band.
The pen is in excellent condition throughout with only very minor marks and scratches commensurate with use. The gold plating is in good order with only very minor wear. The reticulated (semi transparent) barrel is slightly ambered but the ink is clearly visible inside. The imprint is clear and legible.
This is the Blue Diamond model, a lifetime warranty designation given only to Parkers top of the range pens. The blue diamond on the clip is complete and the colour is still vibrant.
The diaphragm has been replaced and the pen is in full working order.
The original 14ct gold nib writes smoothly with a Fine line and a light flex, very unusual for a Parker!!
This is a prestigious and rare pen in excellent condition. Probably more for the collector than the user but there is no reason why it cannot be used every day.