The Mystery of the Lagostina M150

Pelikan Lagostina M150/481 CapI recently came across a rather unusual Pelikan fountain pen, one not frequently encountered in the wild.  I suspect that the reason for that lies in the fact that this pen was never intended for sale to the general public.  It was not unusual for a company to contract with a brand such as Pelikan to have a special, limited production item made for exclusive distribution.  Sometimes these pieces were intended for their customers and other times they were meant for employees.  What we have depicted here is a special production Pelikan fountain pen labeled as an M150.  It was created for the management of the Italian company Lagostina during the early 1980s.  The mystery alluded to in the title of this post lies in the fact that this is not an M150 at all but rather an M481.

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