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Montblanc 3-44 Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Resin with Gold Filled Trim. Germany c.1951/53.

Montblanc 3-44 Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Resin with Gold Filled Trim. Germany c.1951/53.
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Montblanc 3-44 Vintage Fountain Pen

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Item Ref: HD:MBV/6957

Montblanc 344 Vintage Fountain pen
 
 
Description:

Montblanc 3-44 Vintage Fountain Pen in black resin with gold filled trim. Germany c.1951/53.
 
Black resin screw on cap with gold filled pocket clip and trim. Gold filled cap lip band, cap heat stamped  'MONT- (mountain graphic) BLANC' to side of cap. White Montblanc signet on black resin, domed clip retaining stud.
 
Black resin barrel with curved grip section. Clear ink view window. Helical brass screw piston filling system with elastomer piston seal. Black resin domed ink filling knob, heat stamped '3-44' and 'M'
 
Nib and Ink Feed 
 
Original 14C gold nib, medium writing tip with plenty of iridium. Good flex and a smooth writer. Nib stamped: 'MONT - BLANC - 14C - MONTBLANC - 585 - 344'.  Ebonite flat (ski slope) ink feeder. 
 
Measurements and Specifications
Montblanc 3-44 Vintage Fountain Pen
 
Capped Length: 5.16" (13.1cms)
Posted Length: 6.00" (15.2 cms)

Barrel Length (including Nib): 4.65" (11.8 cms)

Cap Length: 2.44" (6.2 cms)

Cap Diameter: 0.53" (1.35 cms)

Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.47" (1.2 cms)

Nib: Original 14C Gold - Medium Tip - Good Flex

Filling System: Single Stage Brass Telescopic Piston

Cap Closure: Screw On (May be Posted on Rear of Barrel)

Pen Weight: 16.5 g

Pen Serial Number: Not Applicable 
 
Montblanc 3-44 Vintage Fountain Pen
 
Restoration/ Service

Pen has been fully disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned. Nib and feed removed from section, nib polished and re-aligned with feeder. Piston filling mechanism removed, cleaned, lubricated and adjusted for maximum piston travel. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean water. Pen is supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box.

General Condition

Pen barrel and cap are free from cracks, hairlines and noticeable surface scratches. There is no personalisation. Gold plating to clip and cap band is very good with no brassing or age related ware. Barrel and cap have a high gloss sheen. Piston filling system slides with ease and draws up maximum ink volume. Cap to barrel screw thread is firm and positive. Overall pen is ready to write and is in excellent overall condition. 

Hepworth Comment

This Montblanc 3-44 was manufactured from 1951 to 1953. This early model has it's reference number heat stamped into the filling knob, with a plain gold filled lip band. The Montblanc logo is heat stamped into side of cap. Later versions of the Montblanc 344 had the Montblanc name and reference number engraved into the cap lip. The flat ebonite ink feed is also a sign of the pen being an early model.

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