Pelikan 400 N Rare Transitional Model Vintage Fountain Pen, Green Striated Barrel, Black Cap with Gold Filled Trim. Piston Filling. 14C Fine (F) original nib. Germany c.1956.
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 green filled Pelikan (two chick) logo. Gold plated cap lip band, engraved 'PELIKAN 400 three times' around circumference.
What makes this pen rare? Compared to the Pelikan 400, the 400 N has a longer cap, the piston filling knob is more rounded and the black cap top protrudes more above derby ring. Production of this pen was limited from December 1955 to mid 1956.
Nib and Feed
Solid 14C gold original nib. Stamped 'Pelikan - 585 - 14 KARAT '. The nib tip is a Fine, very smooth writer having moderate to Good flex. Four lamella, ebonite screw in ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Capped Length: 5.02" (127.5 mm)
Posted Length: 6.0" (143.5 mm)
Barrel Length: 4.82" (122.5 mm)
Cap Length: 2.36" (60 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.52" (13 mm)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.57" (11.8 mm)
Nib: 14C Gold - Fine (F) Writing Tip - Moderate to Good Flex
Filling System: Helical Single Screw Piston.
Cap Type: Screw On
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. Gold plating to clip and cap ring polished off and re-electroplated with 14 carat gold.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. Barrel to cap thread is a little firm, cap does not post on rear of barrel. We would classify this pen as being in excellent condition. Supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box.
Sort after Rare Pelikan 400 N, the second of three 1950's Pelikan 400 designs. Moderate to good flex to nib, very smooth to write with. The clarity of translucent celluloid barrel is excellent for a pen nearly 60 years old. Last image in 'Pictures' shows the 400 N in the middle, with 400 at top and 400 NN at bottom.