Every fountain pen enthusiast have a happy day, when his/her getting the door ring or call that the package with fountain pen is delivered I had such DAY earlier this week, when my new vintage Pelikan 100N with short cap top was delivered..
Short prehistory. I collecting vintage pelikans more then 3 years and was sure, that for 100N (in general) series pens short cap top options are available only for 101N Tortoise brown model and cousin from Portugal -"Emege", but couple weeks ago on one web store I noticed Pelikan 100N with black sleeve, hard rubber piston knob, teardrop clip, but with short cap/long cap. Seller is well reputable, so I skip thoughts that this could be frankepen.
I started to search information on the web, but didn't found any confirmation about existence specific Pelikan. Then started to flip book "Pelikan Schreibgerate" from J.Dittmer and M.Lehmann and on the page 36 found short paragraph:
" On March 25, 1937 a new fountain pen was announced for the market outside Germany: The Pelikan fountain pen no. 100N.... Model 100N was also produced for certain countries with a shortened cap-top and in different colors."
That was enough for me. Short negotiation with dealer and.. (start reading from the begining)
English is not my native language, so enough words- I make some comparison photos with measurements for this 100N and mine100N from the same year, but with "standard" cap.
Comparison of two 100 N series Pelikans with measurements:
Uncapped (barrels are identical in size):
Best wishes from Lithuania,