Pelikan 400 NN Vintage Fountain Pen, Green Striated Barrel, Black Cap with Gold Filled Fittings. 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. Unscrewing piston knob operates helical piston drive having elastomer piston seal
Black cap with gold filled pocket clip, held in position by gold filled derby. Black cap top with green filled Pelikan (two chick) logo. Gold plated cap lip band, engraved 'PELIKAN 400 - GERMANY' around circumference. Internal bore of cap is fitted with stainless steel grip ring which prevents accidental unscrewing of cap.
Nib and Feed
Solid 14C gold, monotone nib. Stamped within circle 'pelikan - 585 - 14C ' and 'M'. The nib tip is medium. Very smooth writer having moderate flex. Four lamella, ebonite screw in ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length: 5.17" (131 mm)
Posted Length: 6.0" (151 mm)
Barrel Length: 4.89" (124 mm)
Cap Length: 2.42" (61.5 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.52" (13.0 mm)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.57" (11.8 mm)
Nib: 14C Gold - Mono Tone - Semi Flex Medium (M) Writing Tip.
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 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.
Sort after Pelikan 400 NN, the last of three 1950's Pelikan 400 designs. The clarity of translucent celluloid barrel is excellent for a pen nearly 60 years old.