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Some Extraordinary Pelikans

Last Updated: December 16, 2018 at 7:43 p.m.

One of the most exciting aspects of dealing in pens is the hunt, whether you are seeking a new Sheaffer’s Balance or something a bit more esoteric.

What you see before you is a collection that I have been chasing for a almost a decade. 

On Thursday, December 13, a lucky day for me, a huge box arrived.

Of course, I immediately grabbed my knife and began carefully going into it.

At the upper right, I began to get a hint of what lay within.

 Things and stuff began to emerge.

And finally some pens. But, in truth, nothing special here except the case itself.

And more stuff

What indeed? You open it!

And find a huge handful of Pelikan figures. (Most of these are for sale, by the way.)

I would have to wait another day for the second part of the shipment. I did not sleep much that night!

Finally, Friday morning, a much smaller box, but these were the heart of the collection.

In volume it is not a large collection, but by far it is the finest group of Pelikans I have ever run across in one place at one time. Two of the pens, the short captop lapis 101 and the mother-of-pearl 100 stay with me.

The lapis has an issue with the binde, I will be working on that, everyone needs a project, right?

I've only ever seen one other of these in a Spanish collection. They were cataloged in the 1935 English language publication. True to form, the captop is marked Pelican.

the others will be offered for sale both here and in the coming days on the website.

Several of these are already sold, including the 110 and the jade green 101.

Included, and available as of this writing, are a 1929 first year in green; a black second year pen; a gelb 100; a 111 14 Karat gold binde, a 111T (Toledo); a coral 101; a 111N (gold binde); regular and short captop Lizard 101Ns; and a grouping of tortoise 100N and 101Ns.

 Please inquire for additional images and for pricing on the pens and the realia.

In addition, the consignment includes a number of more common pens as well as ephemera and figures. Most of what you see will be for sale. 

And regardless of whether or not you purchase a pen, all of us at The Penguin wish you and yours the most joyous holiday season.