I'm curious about the color progressions Pelikan celluloids go through over time. I know it's a topic of discussion in Japanese sections of the forum--people talk about the marked color changes in urushi, and in Waterman celluloid, but haven't seen any on Pelikans. Apologies if it is discussed online or a book I don't have...
I like the green the light tortoise changes to almost more than the pristine light tortoise, for example, and it's fun to think about what these pens will look like a few decades on.
I've tried to guess some of the progressions in color below. Pelikan enthusiasts and collectors, please chime in and correct or add to the list!
400, 400N, 400NN
light tortoise --> light green (or are these the 'export' pens?)
light tortoise? --> yellow
mid-brown tortoise --> red-brown/orange
vibrant green --> green/grey
grey --> light grey/white
green --> blue-green (turquoise blue)---> slate blue-green/grey
green --> olive green
marbled red --> burgundy
brown --> gold
dark jade green --> olive green
light tortoise --> light green (but could just be green barrel showing through)
tortoise --> murky olive brown-green
80's-90's Modern/'old-style' 400
green --> blue/green
brown tortoise (dark brown) --> light brown --> ambering/transparency
crackles, surface becomes opalescent
(as a side note, I've noticed in modern pens I have the modern celluloid and plastics are unstable, too; the colors tend to bleed into each other over time)
Edited by paloma32, 25 April 2014 - 23:01.