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Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen - Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel, Dark Brown Cap - Germany c.1953.

Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen - Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel, Dark Brown Cap - Germany c.1953.
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Pelikan 400 Vintage Piston Filling Fountain Pen with Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel, Dark Brown Cap and Filling knob - Gold filled Fittings - 14C Fine Nib - Germany c.1953

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Item Ref: HD:PELV/8217

Pelikan 400 Fountain Pen  

 
 
 
Description
 
Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen, Tortoiseshell Striated Barrel, Brown Screw Cap and Piston Knob with Gold Filled Trim. Piston Filling. 14C Fine Original Nib. Germany c.1953. 

Tortoiseshell Striated barrel with brown section and piston filling knob. Rear of barrel is engraved 'PELIKAN 400 GUNTHER WAGNER GERMANY. (although quite faint)
 
Dark brown cap with 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, monotone nib. Stamped: pelikan - 585 - 14KARAT - F'.  The nib tip is fine with plenty of tipping material. Very smooth writer having moderate flex. Four lamella, ebonite screw in ink feeder.
 
Measurements and Specifications
Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen

 
Closed Length: 4.92" (125 mm)
Posted Length: 5.73" (145.5 mm)
Barrel Length:(Including Section and Nib) 4.76" (121 mm)
Cap Length: 2.25" (57.2 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.52" (13.2 mm)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.47" (11.9 mm)
Nib: 14C Gold - Mono Tone - Fine Writing Tip.
Filling System: Screw Piston, New Elastomer Piston Seal Fitted.
Cap Closure: Screw On (May be posted to rear of barrel).
Pen Weight: 15.8 g 
 
 Pelikan 400 Vintage Fountain Pen
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.

General Condition

Pen and barrel are free from cracks, hairlines, dents and noticeable scratches. No personalisation. Gold plating has been replaced and 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. Supplied in Bespoke Hepworth Dixon Card Box.

Hepworth Comment

Sort after Pelikan 400 in rarer tortoiseshell and brown. This is an early version of the Pelikan 400 having a black piston seal, the black seal changed to a clear seal in 1953. 
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