The roots of the Pelikan company date back to the year 1838, when the chemist Carl Hornemann founded a small production for inks and watercolours near Hanover.
In 1871, Carl Hornemann sold the company to his production manager Günther Wagner, who not only gave the company its name, but also took the pelican from his family’s coat of arms as a company logo, to make his inks recognisable. He trademarked this pelican as a logo in 1879, creating one of the oldest brands in Germany.
In the following years, the company grew and expanded in the field of ink, glue and watercolours. In 1929 the piston fountain pen was added, which increasingly played an important role in the company. Today, nearly 200 employees work in the manufactory near Hanover. Through a combination of decades-long expertise and the use of modern technology, they manufacture one of the finest quality fountain pens available on the market today.