In 1832, German chemist Carl Hornemann founded its own colour and ink factory in Hanover and Pelikan was born, although the brand considers its founding date the 28th of April 1838, the day when they released their first price list. Four years later, in 1842, Mr. Hornemann started producing at a larger scale, as he moved from his original factory in the countryside to a factory in the Hainholz area of Hanover.
It isn’t until 1871 when also chemist Guenther Wagner takes over the control of the company, making the Pelican, his family emblem, the logo of the company. Under Mr. Wagner management, the company started to expand its activity internationally, and the Pelican with its four chicks became a trademark in 1874.
The apparition of their first ever fountain pen will have to wait until 1929, when their trademark Green shaft was born, featuring a transparent ink window and innovative ink flow, a true revolution of its time. Since then, the German company has successfully developed a wide variety of fountain pens of different sizes, prices and characteristics, as well as many highly demanded limited and special editions.
At Iguana Sell, we are proud to include Pelikan’s most wanted writing articles on our online catalogue and boutique, as well as some luxurious special editions for collectors. Their collection is categorized by sizes: their M100 models the slendest, the M800 and M1000 their most oversized and the M600 their standard fountain pens. Usually, the larger the fountain pen, the most luxurious it is, featuring details such as a solid gold nib, Maki-e designs or Raden decor.