Pelikan 400 NN Vintage Fountain Pen, Green Striated Barrel, Black Cap with Gold Filled Trim. Piston Filling. 14C Medium (M) original nib. Germany c.1957. Supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box.
Green Striated barrel with black section and piston filling knob. Helical screw piston filling system with elastomer piston seal. Black cap with ring top gold filled pocket clip, held in position by gold filled derby. Black cap top with gold filled Pelikan (two chick) logo. Gold plated cap lip band, engraved ' PELIKAN 400' repeated three times around circumference.
Nib and Feed
Solid 14C gold original nib. Stamped within circle 'Pelikan - 585 - 14C ' and nib width 'M' also stamped on nib. The nib tip is a medium, very smooth writer having moderate flex. Four lamella, ebonite screw in ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Capped Length: 5.17" (13.1 cms)
Posted Length: 6.0" (15.1 cms)
Barrel Length: 4.89" (12.4 cms)
Cap Length: 2.42" (6.15 cms)
Cap Diameter: 0.52" (1.3 cms)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.57" (1.18 cms)
Nib: 14C Gold - Medium (M) Writing Tip - Moderate Flex
Filling System: Screw Piston.
Cap Type: Screw On (May be posted to rear of barrel).
Pen Weight: 15.5 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 within screw collar, re-sealed into section. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, dip write tested and finally flushed with clean water.
Cap 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.
Sort after Pelikan 400 NN, the last of three 1950's Pelikan 400 designs. Moderately flexible nib is very smooth to write with. The clarity of translucent celluloid barrel is excellent for a pen nearly 60 years old.