Thank you for sharing this here as this is a new brand to me. It does indeed look like a nice quality pen.
The clip reminds me of an English brand which I don't seem to recall.
I would like to see a picture of the pen assembled. Also how big is it when capped and is there a particular model name/number?
Some P&L fountain pens were marked, some not. This one is not marked.
12,8cm long capped.
The company was originally established in 1901 as Pick&Ganz Co. They were making luxurious lathe-made products. In 1930´s they expanded into FPs production. The founders Mr.Pick and Mr.Ganz sold the company (and left the country) in 1938 to Mr.Polák, son of well known local publisher and patriot and to retired colonel Mr.Lukesle. The company expanded their site in 1941 and runned perfectly until 1948. They were both known not only as successfull bussinessmen but also as polyhistors with giant archeological, botanical and bibliofilia collections. One of Mr.Polák ancestors was professor Diviš, first man to do systematic archeological research in eastern Bohemia in second half of 19th century. Polák family used to have a big 16th century house on central square of Pardubice, with a store inside. Soon I will be in contact with colonel Lukesle descendants and i hope to get the owners life stories and other details, too.
The site "Na Vrtálně" where first Pick&Ganz factory was established. The picture is from 1901, too. This site was town´s first industrial zone established in second half of 18th century. It was because it lies between a system of canals which are connecting fishing ponds with Elbe river, so there was an energy supply for various water powered machines and enough water in general which was useful for many things. First lathe workshop was established in second half of the 18th century in the very same area as Pick&Ganz:
interesting detail: the postcard was published by Josef Michael Polák, father of Jaroslav Polák who bought (with col. Lukesle) the factory in 1938.
This is factory site in 1947:
street view, it was nice functionalist building with red window frames and details and white facade:
Edited by Khufu, 27 December 2012 - 20:49.