Loading Spinner

Pelikan Fountain Pens

The first Pelikan fountain pen was manufactured in 1929. Produced by the Pelikan ink company of Hanover, Germany, Pelikan had been in the ink industry for over 90 years before they offered their own fountain pen as part of their product line. The original Pelikan fountain pens had a signature green color and a transparent ink window. They had a piston-filling system that used a differential threading works inside of the pen barrel to fill the ink well.

Pelikan was the first German pen to use a color other than black for the pen's exterior. German pen manufacturers felt that black was a dignified color, but the head of Pelikan wanted to make green pens. Pelikan added more colors and precious metals by 1931, including gold and white gold overlays. Pelikan pens sold better outside of Germany, partly due to the company's already existing office supply mail-order business.

Pelikan ceased operations in 1944 during World War II. They reopened in 1947 and redesigned its pen in 1950, calling it the Pelikan 400 series. This became Pelikan's best-selling pen. Original 400s are easily recognized by their vertically striped black and green barrel. Today, collectors seek out the original 100 series pens from 1929, as well as the gold overlaid Pelikan Toledo and other pens made with precious metals.


Quick Facts

  • The Pelikan company was originally founded in 1838 and sold colored ink. In 1871, a chemist named Guenther Wagner took over the company. He used his family emblem, a pelican, as the company's logo
  • Collectors consider the color of the celluloid barrel band on a vintage Pelikan fountain pen to be important. Pelikan fountain pen colors that are difficult to find include gray, tortoise shell, and lizard, as well as blue Pelikan model 101s
  • Pelikan lizard-pattern pens in mint or near-mint condition currently sell for close to $2,000

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Three-piece writing set, Pelikan,
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Three-piece writing set, Pelikan,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
Two Pelikan piston fountain pens,
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Two Pelikan piston fountain pens,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Pelikan piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
Pelikan cartridge fountain pen, 2
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan cartridge fountain pen, 2
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Two-piece Pelikan gift set, 2nd h
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Two-piece Pelikan gift set, 2nd h
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Two piston fountain pens, 2nd hal
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Two piston fountain pens, 2nd hal
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Pelikan, piston fountain pen, 2nd
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
bp parity badge
Kasten "Pelikan Technos" mit Beschreibung
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Kasten "Pelikan Technos" mit Beschreibung
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids
bp parity badge
Kasten "Pelikan Technos G2" mit Beschreibung
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Kasten "Pelikan Technos G2" mit Beschreibung
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids
bp parity badge
"Pelikan" Celebry Füller, GG Feder 14C - 585
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
"Pelikan" Celebry Füller, GG Feder 14C - 585
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
bp parity badge
" Pelikan " Füller, Nr. 140, GG Feder 0.585, Stärke M
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
" Pelikan " Füller, Nr. 140, GG Feder 0.585, Stärke M
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pelikan Fountain Pens


Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven