In 1863 Günther Wagner, a chemist, became partner in a business founded by Carl Hornemann. In 1878 Wagner added the name "Pelikan" from one of the elements in his family crest: a pelican feeding four chicks in its nest. The Pelikan factory produced ink, paints, glue, type writer ribbons, stencils, stamp pads and carbon paper. In 1929 the first fountain pen was launched: the "Pelikan 100", a piston filler designed by the engineers Theodor Kovacs and Carola Bako.
In the 1930s the 100 series were remodelled and the letter N (for "new") was added. During WWII gold was hard to obtain and nibs of chromium/nickel-plated steel were produced, so-called CN nibs. In the 1950s the clip got redesigned in the shape of a pelican beak. After Wagners retirement his son-in-law and successor Fritz Beindorff led the company to become one of the worlds leading makers of fountain pens.In the 1970s Pelikan Schoolpens, together with those of Geha were the most popular pens in Germany. In 1982 Pelikan re-established the production of high-quality fountain pens. In 1965, Pelikan stopped producing the 400NN, and after this Merz & Krell only produced it for a period. The return to old values is shown by the fact that the only substantial difference between the new M400 and the old 400 is the feed. Modern feeds are produced by injection molding, so finer fins are possible, which run across rather than along the length of the nib. The Pelikan logo was made to correspond to the type of pen, so that pens in a case could be rapidly identified. The fountain pen´s logo was still in the matching color, while the rollerball´s logo is grey.
The models after 1st of September 1997 have uniform design marks and the style was upgraded with double decorative rings on the filling knob, a second ring on the cap and a ring on the grip section. This pen is in very good overall condition! High quality , made in Germany. The item "Pelikan M 400 Tortoise Brown> Striped Fountain pen 14K Gold EF nib c.
1986's" is in sale since Tuesday, September 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Pens\Fountain Pens\Pelikan".collection" and is located in EU. This item can be shipped worldwide.