Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Madness

Before the M1000 there was another, more legendary, oversize Pelikan, the pen we call the Magnum. Shrouded in the mists of legend for many years we knew little of these pens, which usually showed up in tortoise with the Emegê imprint of Monteiro Gimarãis the influential Portugese importer of Pelikan. We assumed they were a variant of the 100N. Today we know, due to the discovery of shipping documents, that they were transitional, perhaps prototypes of a new pen that was sold in Portugal in 1935. There are a few of them around. It would be a mistaske to call them rare (whatever that means). But I have two. And I will make no more extravagant claims about them being perhaps the last that will surface. These pens are fully restored and ready to be put into service.

Pen A This very early pen has a dark binde and the brass shim that Pelikan used on the earliest 100 and 100N models to strengthen the barrel threads at the filler end. The pen shows no more than expected wear. The captop imprint is faint and the imprint on the sides of the captop is, interestingly, proud rather than recessed.  It reads Pelikan Patent Emegê. The clip is white metal, which seems to be the case with most of these. The nib, too, is early, a 14 Karat, rather then 585 14 Karat. It’s a medium. This pen is $1,950

Pen B This pen has a medium colored binde. The pen shows expected wear. If this pen ever had  captops imprints they are fully worn off without a hint that they ever were there. The clip is white metal, which seems to be the case with all of these. The nib is a 585 14 Karat. It’s a very mild OB. This pen is $1,800

 The bottom image compares the M1000, the Magnum and at bottom a standard 100N

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