This is a very nice example of this uncommon Parker Vacumatic Major Set. It was made in the USA and the pen is date coded for 1945. This is the 3rd Generation model with the plastic pump filler. It is finished in the desirable Azure Blue, the rarest of the Vacumatic colours.
The first generation Vacumatics (1932 - 1936) were fitted with the metal lockdown filler and had a short blind cap, the seond generation (1937 - 1941) were fitted with the speedline filler with the longer blind cap, the third generation (1942 - 1948) were fitted with the plastic filler, again with a longer blind cap. There were some crossovers on the dates as old stock was used up. Canadian models tended to lag behind the US production as old stock was passed to Toronto to make way for new stock in Janesville.
The set is in good condition throughout with minor marks and scratches commensurate with use. The gold plating is in good condition with some wear on the edges. The imprint on both barrels is clear and legible. The original shop sticker is still on the Pen.
The diaphragm has been replaced and the pen is in full working order.
The 14ct gold nib writes smoothly with a Fine line.
The pencil is in full working order and it takes 0.9mm leads which are still readily available.