Vintage pelikan n400 piston-filling fountain pen. Green striped transparent celluloid gold plated trim. (this was "nn" version of the three pens in the 400 series range) c1950s. The lovely finish is in transparent green striped celluloid.
The pen is in "excellent" condition. And it is in great working condition.The black cap is in beautiful condition. The "domed" clip lock top is in great condition.
It has the imprinted "pelikan" trade mark logo within a circle which holds the gorgeous, gold plated "crown cap" top with "pelikan beak" style clip very securely. This is also in excellent condition.
The single medium width cap ring is in excellent condition. This is the 1958 version of the 400 nn with the. "Safety mechanism" which pelikan briefly employed to prevent the cap from becoming unscrewed in the pocket. (when tightening up the cap, it clicks over one time further which stops it slackening off in the pocket). The cap screws on and posts very securely on to the barrel.
The cap has no cracks or breaks. The large, medium tipped 14ct pelican nib is in excellent condition. It has a bit of flex, writing with a broad+ line. With good ink flow it has the imprint. (pelikan logo within a circle).
It has very good iridium at its tip. And it writes very smoothly and well.
The "rigid" feed §ion both in excellent condition. The transparent green striped barrel is in excellent condition. No marks, very nice and shiny.
At its base, there is the black coloured twist filling knob. "Which has a hairline fracture" it is very faint and does not affect it's integrity in any way. The filling system is in great working condition. Turning anti-clockwise pushes the piston up through the barrel.
Turning in the opposite direction with the nib dipped in the ink will fill the barrel with ink. Pen size is 13.1 cm capped and 14.9 cm posted. This beautiful, elegant, and very stylish, vintage pelikan n400.
By the great pelikan, merz & krell, pen company, hannover, germany. It has real character, it oozes quality, and is a real delight to write with.Perhaps the most "iconic" and successful pen ever produced by the company. A great, highly collectable and very useable fountain pen. It has been serviced, and finally, lightly polished.