Thursday, November 12, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 104

 

 ...and now a little something from Down Under---a vintage Pelikan 400 fountain pen belonging to honourary VPC member Glenn G in Australia :


(all photos courtesy of Glenn ~ please click on images to enlarge)



Glenn writes: "I have just received a very early example of a Pelikan 400.

The key features are:

Black stripe pattern, produced from 28 July 1950 until early 1956.

 


Friction fit ebonite feed, discontinued in August 1950.

Barrel end stamped ‘Gunther Wagner Pelikan.’

 


Nib size M engraved on filler knob.

Black piston seal, replaced by clear seals from 27 November 1953.

Plain cap band, discontinued mid-1954. 

 


14kt ‘script nib’, fitted until December 1954.

From the above, the pen appears to date to the single month (at most) between the introduction of the colour in July and the discontinuation of the friction fit nib in August 1950."

References: https://www.pelikan-collectibles.com/en/Pelikan/Models/Revised-Piston-Fillers/400-Basis/index.html and especially Joshua’s article at https://thepelikansperch.com/2019/03/05/pelikan-400-fountain-pen/ , both accessed 26 October 2020.

 
Many thanks to Glenn for sharing his photos and research on this classic vintage Pelikan!

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