The order document bellow is also mentioned there but its not showed, so here it is the order for 1600 Pelikan 100N Magnum with the EMEGE imprint.
This order was placed by the company "Monteiro Guimarães, Filho, Lda" in 1935 and was delivered by Pelikan in 1936.
This pen is prior to the 100N and as can be seen on the document order it was not, at that moment, designated as Pelikan 100N Magnum. This is a name that was given later ( I dont have information on when)
Pelikan 100N was released according to "Pelikan Scheibgerate" in March 1937 for export and in March 1938 in Germany. The Magnum showed here is therefore prior to the 100N
No pens were ever produced in Portugal, as some say. Monteiro Guimarães would mark the pens (100, 100N and first 100N Magnum model) with "Emegue" in cursive in the cap or sleeve. But they did not marked the first 100N Magnum model with the EMEGUE in the top cap in block- sehrift letters.
Those markings were made in Germany as per bellow document proof. That was probably because it was very hard to make the imprint around the top cap because the need of even spacing between letters.
In Portuguese MG, the initials of Monteiro Guimarães are phonetically:
Therefore the EMEGE imprint.
There is a theory that says that Monteiro Guimarães engraved the pens so that they could know the pen had been sold by them and therefore give full warranty only to those. This is very odd to me has they were the only importer and official Representative for Portugal, Spain, Brasil, and Portuguese African countries ( then Angola, Moçambique, Guiné Bissau, Cape Verde and São tomé e Principe) So all the pens found in Portugal would have been imported by them. Monteiro Guimarães had then re-sellers all across the country and in those foreign markets they owned.
This is why I don't see the need to mark the pens only because of warranty issues. It sound to me more that they wanted they brand name also on the pens for commercial reasons... but this is just me guessing...
The home and foreign markets in wich Monteiro Guimarães was the legal representative of Pelikan were in fact big, this is why they could place such a big order for one of the most expensive pens back then ( 1600 Magnum pens as its proved by this document, in one time)
Here you can see the differences:
Edited by piscov, 08 May 2013 - 07:23 PM.