Special Edition Spotlight

Pelikan special edition pens

 

A subtle distinction exist between limited and special edition pens.  Pelikan has manufactured many limited edition pieces which are characterized by production in a defined run of finite number.  In contrast, special edition pens are often produced in an unlimited number but only for a limited period of time.  Since the mid-1990’s, Pelikan has released many limited edition pens.  These are often targeted at a specific consumer group with sufficient purchasing power as the price of these models usually comes at a premium.  Since these pens are only available in a known limited quantity (with individual pieces often numbered), the company builds in an incentive to buy.  Examples would include; The Pyramids of Giza, The Hanging Gardens, The 1000 Years of Austria, Golden Phoenix, The Originals of Their Time series, Hunting, Golf, and Wall Street just to name a few.  These are pens designed to commemorate certain events in history, places, historic pen models, or activities.  There is also a subset of special edition pens produced in a limited quantity which are made at the request of a specific consumer or for a particular region.  This practice within the company dates back to before World War II with the production of the Emege pens and has continued since that time.  This has resulted in several variations based off of mainstream model lines that were produced only in small runs for a specific customer though were not themselves numbered.  Six of those pens from the modern era will be detailed in this post.

 

Pelikan M150 Bols, M200 Deutsche Telekom, M201 Clear Demo, M200 Citroenpers, M250 Nib-on-a-Chain, M250 Tortoiseshell Brown

Left to right: M150 Bols, M200 Deutsche Telekom, M201 Clear Demo, M200 Citroenpers, M250 Nib-on-a-Chain, M250 Tortoiseshell Brown

 

M150 Blue Transparent Demonstrator

The blue transparent M150 was released in 1994 for the Bols Company of the Netherlands.  Lucas Bols is the world’s oldest distilled spirit brand dating back to 1575 and  one of the oldest Dutch companies that remains active today.  This model was released the year after the M800 Blue Ocean and is made in a slightly different shade of blue.  The run was limited to just 3000 fountain pens.  This pen comes in the pre-’97 trim package and is distinguished by a derby cap top, gold-plated furniture, absence of a trim ring on the barrel, and beveled cap band at the lip.  The nib is gold-plated stainless steel.

 

Total Length
Barrel Length
Cap Length
Posted Length
Diameter
Weight
4.80 in
3.90 in
2.17 in
5.75 in
0.43 in
0.39 oz 

M150-Bols1 M150-Bols2

 


 

M200 Magenta/Grey

The magenta/grey M200 was released in 1994, the same year as the Bols M150.  It was a special edition release of just 5000 fountain pens for the Deutsche Telekom AG phone company (rollerballs and ballpoints exist as well).  The pen was made at the time Deutsche Telekom was transitioning their company color scheme.  This pen demonstrates the pre-’97 trim package with a derby cap top, absence of a trim ring on the barrel, and two cap bands.  Interestingly, this is the only M200 to feature rhodium plated furniture as opposed to gold (commonly seen on the M205/M215 lines).  The nib is made of polished, unplated stainless steel.  The word “Telekom” is engraved on the cap band of this model to further set it apart.  There was an unknown quantity of pens (overstock from the original run) made available for sale with the standard Pelikan cap ring engraving (without ‘Telekom’) sold through Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH.  

 

Total Length
Barrel Length
Cap Length
Posted Length
Diameter
Weight
5.00 in
4.02 in
2.36 in
5.83 in
0.47 in
0.46 oz 

M200-Magenta-Old1 M200-Magenta-Old2

 


 

M201 Clear Demonstrator 

The clear demonstrator M201 was released in the year 2000 and was a run of 3000 pieces.  This was a clear demonstrator with a black piston mechanism which had the same dimensions and furniture as the M200.  Since it is a post-’97 model, it is distinguished by a crown cap top, gold-plated furniture, single cap band, and has a single trim ring at the piston knob.  The nib is gold-plated stainless steel.  It is an M200 for all intents and purposes but was manufactured for the Japanese market at the request of retailers and branded M201.  It is nearly identical in appearance to the M250 clear demonstrator which was made later for the Levenger company.  A version of this pen was re-released in 2012 which differs in that it has a gold band surrounding the crown cap top and the piston assembly is transparent instead of black.  Related Information

 

Total Length
Barrel Length
Cap Length
Posted Length
Diameter
Weight
4.92 in
4.02 in
2.20 in
5.83 in
0.47 in
0.46 oz 

M200-Clear-Demo-New1a M200-Clear-Demo-New2a

 


 

M200 Creme Yellow

The creme yellow M200 was released in 2002 and limited to only 1200 pieces.  This run was commissioned by Aldert Walrecht (1931- 2009) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his company, Citroenpers Publishing of the Netherlands.  The pen was available with a limited edition art book with color prints made by the publisher’s youngest son, Rogier Walrecht.  Citroenpers translates into English as Lemon Press.  There was a second run of this pen sold through Galleria Kaufhof sometime later.  The Citroenpers edition is distinguished by two chicks in the nest on the cap top versus just one seen on the re-issue.  Since it is a post-’97 model, it has the crown cap top, gold-plated furniture, single cap band, and has a single trim ring at the piston knob.  The nib is gold-plated stainless steel and the ink window is clear instead of the usual colored variant.

Citroenpers-Drawings2

 

Total Length
Barrel Length
Cap Length
Posted Length
Diameter
Weight
4.92 in
4.02 in
2.20 in
5.83 in
0.47 in
0.46 oz 

M200-Yellow-New-1a M200-Yellow-New-2a

 


 

M250 Blue Marbled

This special edition blue marbled M250 does not have as clear a lineage as some of the other pens described here.  At some point in the mid-1990’s, Pelikan had an overstock of nibs and, in order to reduce inventory, released a limited edition of pens with a nib-on-a-chain in place of the clip.  This was seen on the M250, M200, K200, and D200.  This pen has the pre-’97 trim package which includes the derby cap top, gold-plated furniture, absence of a trim ring on the barrel, and two cap bands.  The nib is made of 14C-585 gold.  It is unclear just how many of these are out there.  Related Information

 

Total Length
Barrel Length
Cap Length
Posted Length
Diameter
Weight
5.00 in
4.02 in
2.36 in
5.83 in
0.47 in
0.46 oz 

M250-Blue-Marbled-Chain-1a M250-Blue-Marbled-Chain-1b

 


 

M250 Tortoiseshell Brown

The tortoiseshell brown M250 was released in the late 1990’s.  It was a special edition commissioned by the Levenger company and sold for $159 when new.  There was also a matching rollerball released.  This pen is composed of a pre-1997 M600 barrel and M200 cap.  The M250 has a brown tortoise barrel, a thick trim ring at the piston knob, no trim ring on the section, double cap bands, and a derby cap top with an etched two chick logo.  The furniture is gold-plated, the cap and piston knob are dark brown, and the nib is monotone 14C-585 gold.  It is also unclear just how many of these were ever produced.  Related Information

 

Total Length
Barrel Length
Cap Length
Posted Length
Diameter
Weight
5.00 in
4.02 in
2.36 in
5.83 in
0.47 in
0.46 oz 

M250-Tortoise-Old1 M250-Tortoise-Old2


 

 

Select Special Edition Releases

Year
Model
Number of Pieces
1991
M800 Green Transparent Demonstrator
2000
1993
M800 Blue Ocean
5000
1994
M150 Blue Transparent Demonstrator – Bols
3000
1994
M200 Magenta/Grey – Deutsche Telekom
5000
1995
M800 Dark Blue – Nord Deutsche Landesbank
5500
2000
M201 Clear Demonstrator
3000
2001
M600 Blue Transparent – Sony
5000
2002
M200 Creme Yellow – Citroenpers
1200

*The above list only refers to the number of fountain pens produced and is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list.  It is provided for your reference only.

4 responses

    • I’m glad that you found the information useful. I’m hopeful to again attend the D.C. pen show but it is too far into the future to know if that will be a possibility for me. I fear that I will miss the Philadelphia show this year due to work obligations.

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