The Jubilee Pens That Weren’t

Pelikan M/K 730 Jubilee Prototype pensAs you likely know by now, 2018 marks Pelikan’s officially recognized 180th anniversary.  It is no surprise that such a significant event in the company’s history brought about a limited edition release to mark the occasion, the Spirit of 1838.  Love it or hate it, the Spirit of 1838 continues a tradition of limited edition anniversary pens.  In the past, we’ve seen commemorative releases for Pelikan’s 150th, 170th, and 175th anniversaries.  The year 1988 marked Pelikan’s sesquicentennial or 150 year anniversary.  That occasion was commemorated with the release of the M750 and M760 Jubilee pens.  These two models, now 30 years old, are done in a silver or gold electroplated barleycorn pattern with 24 carat gold-plated accents.  The production run was not limited to the anniversary year and reportedly ran from 1988-1995.  Earlier pieces were engraved with “Pelikan W.-Germany 1838-1988” on their cap bands whereas models from later on in the production run had the dates omitted. I’ve written about these two pieces previously in my post Pelikan’s M700 Series where you can find more information about the entire M7xx series.  What you may not realize is that these two pens weren’t the only contenders for the job of the Jubilee model.  Today I will introduce you to the two M730 prototypes and their matching ballpoints which were considered but ultimately never put into production.

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Pelikan’s M700 Series

Pelikan M700 SeriesToday’s post will explore the Pelikan M700 family of fountain pens.  This is a particularly interesting and unique series as it includes two Toledo models as well as several others plated with various metals.  The M7xx pens have the same dimensions as the M400 though with some added heft due to their metal construction.  The five pens that comprise this line are the M700 Toledo, M710 Toledo, M730, M750, and M760.  Most of these models were made in the 1980s and 1990s though some have been produced more recently.  As far as Pelikan pens go, these five are amongst some of my favorites for reasons which I hope will be clear by the end of this post.  They are not without their shortcomings, however, as I will try to point out.  Most of these pens are now out of production and some are quite hard to find.  Many will command a premium price if you do happen to stumble across one that’s for sale.  Read on to learn a bit more about the idiosyncrasies of each of these models.

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