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Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel with Brown Cap c.1954/56

Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel with Brown Cap c.1954/56
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Description: Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen with Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel and Brown Cap. Gold Filled Trim. 14C Gold Kugel Medium Nib. Germany: 1954/56

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Item Ref: HD:PELV/7177

Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen 
Pelikan 400 Piston Filling Vintage Fountain Pen. Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel with Dark Brown Cap and 14C Gold Kugel Medium Nib. Made in Germany c.1954/56.

Dark brown screw on/off cap with medium gold filled lip band, early model with no engravings to lip band. Distinctive Pelikan-beak style gold filled clip. Clip secured by gold filled ‘top-hat’ derby. Brown jewel with Pelikan (two chicks) signet inlaid.

Brown tortoise stripe striated translucent barrel with dark brown nib section. Semi-domed dark brown piston filling knob.  Base of the barrel is engraved 'GUNTHER WAGNER - PELIKAN'. Screw piston filling mechanism with elastomer piston seal.

Pen measures 5.0 inches (12.7 cms) long with the cap attached. Cap posted: 5.3/4 inches (14.7 (cms). Weight: 15.3 grams.

Nib and FeedPelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen

Original solid 14ct gold nib stamped within circle ‘Pelikan - 14C - 585 - (Pelikan 2 chick logo to inner circle) - KM’. Nib and four lamellae ebonite feed are secured by ebonite collar which screws into the section. Nib tip is kugel medium 'KM', nib itself has good flex and writes a smooth line.


Pen has been fully disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned to remove traces of old ink. Filling mechanism removed and piston seal replaced, piston screw and seal lightly lubricated. Nib and feed correctly aligned, tip honed. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Write tested and finally flushed with clean water.

General Condition

Pen barrel and cap have no cracks, hairlines or dents. Age-related surface scratches are minimal. Gold plating to clip, clip ring and cap band is excellent. Cap to barrel screw is firm and positive. Barrel clarity is exceptionally good. Piston draws full capacity of ink. We would classify this pen as being in excellent overall condition. Pen is supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box.

Hepworth Comment

Much sort after Pelikan 400 model with rarer tortoiseshell stripe barrel. Pen shows very little sign of age-related wear. The clarity of translucent celluloid barrel is exceptional for a pen nearly 65 years old. 

Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen

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