Fountain Pen Restoration

Sea Gull Fountain Pens

POST # 85

Another Parker Vacumatic clone here.  I have posted another article on a Wilson Fountain Pen (link) back on February 9, 2009.  Wilson Fountain Pens were made in India.  This pen, a SEA – GULL is very similar in design, and until I handled it, I assumed it was a vacumatic fill as well.  As you can see below, the surprise was that it is an aero-metric.  So, SEA – GULL took two Parker items ~ the design of the Vacumatic, and the Aero-metric filler and combined them into this interesting pen.


Restoration is quite easy.  The metal sac guard is friction fit and can be pried off of the section quite easily.  The old sac had hardened and broken inside of the sac guard.  The section was cleaned and the old sac remnants were scraped off of the tip.  The cap ring and clip were polished and no gold was lost, so they are not cheap gold plate.  However the nib is gold plate and much of it had already worn off, so I polished it down to the silver color.  I attached a standard rubber size 16 sac to the section and refit the sac guard/pressure bar.

Below is a photo of the completed filling assembly.  It tested well in taking on water after a night of drying.  The unit simply screws back into the barrel.


Here are a couple of photos of the completed pen, measuring 4 3/4″ capped and 5 1/2″ posted.



A close up of the nib reveals the familiar Parker Arrow (?) and “Sea – Gull / Special Pen”


And in case you did not know, the Special was the Best in the World, as declared on the pressure bar.


The imprint is quite faded, but reads




This photo captures three pens ~ Top to Bottom ~


Parker Vacumatic (early 1940s)

Wilson (India) c 1940s-50s


There is not much information available on Sea – Gull Fountain Pens.  What I have been able to gather from several sources is that they were produced in Japan in the 1950s.  The filling system would seem to support this. I have seen photos of others that are solid in color.  If any of you have additional information…as always, please let me know.


June 1, 2009 Posted by | Parker Vacumatic, Sea - Gull Fountain Pens | , | 4 Comments


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