M101N

 

The M101N is the modern version of a line of pens that Pelikan first introduced in the 1930’s.  There were several variations released in that series, all of which command top dollar in today’s market due to their desirability.  Included in the original series were pens such as the highly sought after lizard and the tortoiseshell red.  This new series pays homage to that lineage with an updated design while still retaining the original dimensions.  The first pen released in the series was the  tortoiseshell brown in 2011.  This was followed by the lizard in 2012 and the tortoiseshell red in 2014.  The initial MSRP of most of these pens have been around $550 and they have only been produced in limited quantities.  In terms of construction, the barrels of the current production pens are made of cellulose acetate. 

Vintage 101N Brochure

Vintage 101N Brochure from Pelikan’s website

 

The tortoiseshell brown model (2011) has a tortoise patterned barrel and cap with a brown piston knob, section, and cap top.  There are two cap bands, a green ink window, and the furniture is gold.  The cap top has an etched one chick logo and the nib is a monotone 14C-585 gold nib with ‘Pelikan’ inscribed across it.

M101N Tortoiseshell Brown Ad

 

 

The lizard model (2012) has a lizard pattern, though it is rather different than the historical model from which its design was inspired.  The piston knob, section, and cap top are black in color.  Like other M1o1N’s, there are two cap bands but the furniture on this model is rhodium and the ink window is grey.  The cap top has an etched one chick logo and the nib is a monotone 14C-585 rhodium plated nib with ‘Pelikan” inscribed across it.  

M101 Lizard Advertisement

 

 

It should be noted that there was a Jubilee edition (2013) of the lizard model made to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the company.  This pen still has the lizard pattern but the cap top, section, and piston knob are made of sterling silver.  The cap top has three diamonds inset into it and the nib is monotone 18C-750 rhodium plated gold.  These are numbered pens and only 238 were made in honor of the company’s founding in 1838.

Pelikan M101N Lizard Jubilee Pen Limited Edition

 

The tortoiseshell red model (2014) has a tortoise patterned barrel with a red cap, piston knob, and section.  There are two cap bands, an amber ink window, and the furniture is gold.  The cap top has an etched one chick logo and the nib is a monotone 14C-585 gold nib with ‘Pelikan’ inscribed across it.

Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red

 

 

The bright  red model (2017) has a yellow-orange marbled barrel with a red cap, piston knob, and section.  There are two cap bands, an amber ink window, and the furniture is gold.  The cap top has an etched one chick logo and the nib is a monotone 14C-585 gold nib with ‘Pelikan’ inscribed across it.
Pelikan M101N Bright Red

 

Total Length
Barrel Length
Cap Length
Posted Length
Diameter
Weight
4.84 in
4.02 in
2.24 in
6.22 in
0.47 in
0.52 oz

 

Barrel Color

Cap Color

 Tortoiseshell Brown (2011)
Tortoiseshell Brown
 Lizard (2012)
Lizard & Black
 Lizard Jubilee Edition (2013)
Lizard & Silver
Tortoiseshell Red (2014)
Red
 Bright Red (2017)
Red
Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Brown Capped

Tortoiseshell Brown

Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Brown Posted

 

Pelikan M101N Lizard Capped

Lizard

Pelikan M101N Lizard Posted

 

Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red Capped

Tortoiseshell Red

Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red Posted

 

Pelikan M101N Bright Red Capped

Bright Red

Pelikan M101N Bright Red Posted

 

NOTE:  Lizard Jubilee Edition not depicted above