Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen, Green Striated Barrel, Black Cap with Gold Filled Trim. Piston Filling. 14K Medium Original Nib. Early Model Rare, No Inscription on Cap Band. Germany c.1950/54. Supplied in Bespoke Hepworth Dixon Card Box.
Rear of barrel has engraved 'PELIKAN GUNTHER WAGNER. The nib size 'M' is engraved to the piston filling knob.
Nib and Feed
Solid 14 carat gold, monotone nib . Stamped: pelikan - 585 - 14KARAT'. The nib tip is medium (approx 0.6mm). Very smooth writer having moderate flex. Four lamella, ebonite screw in ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length: 4.92"
Posted Length: 5.73"
Barrel Length: 4.00"
Cap Length: 2.25"
Cap Diameter: 0.52"
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.57"
Nib: 14K Gold - Mono Tone - Semi Flexible Medium (M) Writing Tip.
Filling System: Screw Piston, New Elastomer Piston Seal Fitted.
Cap Type: Screw On (May be posted to rear of barrel).
Pen Weight: 15.8 g
Restoration and Service
Pen has been fully restored and serviced. Pen disassembled down to component parts and ultrasonically cleaned. New piston seal fitted, piston mechanism lightly lubricated. Piston seal vacuum checked. Nib and feed assembly re-aligned with screw-in collar, re-sealed into barrel. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, dip write tested and finally flushed with clean water.
Pen and barrel are free from cracks, hairlines, dents and noticeable scratches. No personalisation. Gold plating shows no sign of wear or pitting. Piston operates smoothly and draws up full barrel of ink. We would classify this pen as being in excellent condition.
Much sort after Pelikan 400. Early model with no cap band inscriptions. The clarity of translucent celluloid barrel is exceptional for a pen nearly 60 years old.