I have not been active on FPN for quite a long time but -to my surprise- the account is still working.
Just want to thank you for selling me your wonderful Merlin Diamond lizard pen.
Maybe it is nice to know that the pen came finally home after a long journey.
These Merlins were (in parts) produced in Germany mainly for the Dutch market and assembled by a small family company Amsterdam, were they built the pen parts together to complete pens, as a matter of fact literally at the kitchen table!
In the 1960's the Dutch firm ceased to exist. The best known model in the Merlin range was the Merlin 33.
In later years some models were still produced in Germany by Mutchler in Heidelberg, the same firm that took over parts of the old Kaweco factories and also produced the Reform pens, of which still a lot of models can be found today.
The later Merlin models were of a lot lesser quality though, with steel nibs and plastic parts instead of gold nibs and celluloid.
The square white and green Merlin promotional pens you show in this thread are surprising, because they seem of a much later production date (recent?). I always thought that the last real Merlin pens were made in the late '70's
No need to say I am very happy with the acquisition of this beautiful little lizard pen!