Pelikan 400 NN Vintage Fountain Pen, Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel, Brown Cap with Gold Filled Fittings. Piston Filling. 14C double broad (BB) original nib. Germany c.1957. Supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box.
Tortoiseshell Striated barrel with black section and piston filling knob. Helical screw piston filling system with elastomer piston seal. Brown cap with ring top gold filled pocket clip, held in position by gold filled derby. Brown cap top with gold filled Pelikan (two chick) logo. Gold plated cap lip band, engraved 'PELIKAN 400' three times around circumference.
Nib and Feed
Solid 14C gold original nib. Stamped within circle 'Pelikan - 585 - 14C', nib width 'M' also stamped on nib. The nib tip is a medium, very smooth writer having good flex. Four lamella, ebonite screw in ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Capped 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 mm)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.57" (11.8 mm)
Nib: 14C Gold - Medium (M) Writing Tip - Good 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 tortoiseshell striated, the last of three 1950's Pelikan 400 designs. Good flex to nib, very smooth to write with. The clarity of translucent celluloid barrel is excellent for a pen nearly 60 years old.