Recently I acquired a 100 Pelikan, which was offered to me as an authentic Danzig Pelikan.
When I cited to my source the common understandings about Danzig Pelikans ...... i.e.
*all have a single cap band
*Danzig production started in the latter part of the 30's.
*Danzig produced no 100's
When I presented these views, my source told me that the so-called experts here did not have access to this documentation. Also my source insisted it was common knowledge, that Danzig (Gdańsk )produced both 100 and 100N's, and was functioning all through the 30's and through the war. He pointed out that the 100 Danzig I purchased was an "early one", The four chick cap logo identified that.
This pen (IMHO), provokes questions, and perhaps opens some understanding.
let's see .........
Common assertions are:
The Danzig,(Gdańsk) factory, opened in the latter part of the 30's.
The Danzig,(Gdańsk) factory only produced Pelikan 100N's. That they did not produce Pelikan 100's.
All Danzig,(Gdańsk) pens are identified by a single cap band, and by the distinctive shaped so-called "Danzig" clip.
To refute that:
I offer here photos of a Pelikan 100 Danzig, which I believe to be authentic.
It has a two band cap, and the Danzig style clip.
(At first, I thought it maybe was a 100N cap ....... no ..... the cap is the correct smaller size of the 100. It will not screw on to a 100N, (I tired), it is too small.
Next I thought, perhaps a Danzig style clip was machined down to fit a smaller 100 cap. .... ?
Not likely, ... the clip circumfrence would have to be milled around, to have it flush with the smaller 100 cap.
Too much work, and it could be readily seen.
No sign of clip reworking.
this Pelikan 100 has the early, 4 chick cap imprint. This is counter to the assertion that the factory opened in the latter part of the 30's.
I was able to attach a Danzig(Gdańsk), Pelikan 100 instruction sheet, with the Gdansk imprint on it
in support of my assertion that the Danzig,(Gdańsk) factory produced Pelikan 100's,
and that the Danzig,(Gdańsk) factory produced them in two band style;
In support of that, I offer ** advertisements produced by the Danzig factory, or rather, perhaps, produced elsewhere, but bearing the Danzig name.
Those advertisements show Pelikan 100 pens that have two band caps.
**(I thought I could include those advertisements here, but somehow I am limited in my posting of attachments. To see the advertisements, see the thread I started in the Pelikan Forum called, "Anyone Heard of a Danzig 100?"
Edited by Rafael Macia, 31 July 2013 - 18:49.