Early version Montblanc 254 vintage fountain pen in gloss black resin with gold plated trim. Slip cap. 14C 585 medium stub wing nib. Piston filling. Germany c.1957/59.
Black resin slip-on cap with 'MONT (mountain) BLANC' heat stamped lengthwise. Shallow domed resin cap top with ivory coloured Montblanc 'Snow-cap' signet inset. Gold filled ring top pocket clip. Gold filled broad lip band with with narrow G.F. band above.
Black resin barrel and section which has a pale blue transparent ink view window. Raised gold filled cap retention band between section and ink view. Screw knob at rear of barrel which operates piston filling mechanism, knob is heat impressed with ‘254’.
14C gold medium stub wing nib. Stamped: 'MONT' 'BLANC' - 14C - MONTBLANC - 585' also stamped '254' unseen at base of nib. Nib is nicely flexible. Ebonite (BHR) round ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length: 5.13" (13.0 cms)
Posted Length: 5.68" (14.4 cms)
Barrel Length: (including nib) 4.45" (11.3 cms)
Cap Length: 2.40" (6.10 cms)
Cap Diameter: 0.54" (1.36 cms)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.48" (1.22 cms)
Nib: Original 14C Gold Wing - Medium Stub Writing Tip - Moderate Flex
Filling System: Single Stage Piston
Cap Closure: Slip On (May be Posted on Rear of Barrel)
Pen Weight: 19.1 g
Pen Serial Number: Not Applicable
Pen has been fully disassembled and ultrasonically cleaned. Cap has been heat stabilised. Nib and feed removed from section, nib polished and re-aligned with feeder. Gold plating on lip and cap rings has been removed, polished an re- electroplated with 14K gold. Piston filling mechanism removed; cleaned, lubricated and adjusted for maximum piston travel. Piston vacuum pressure checked. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean water.
Pen barrel and section are free from cracks, hairlines and noticeable surface scratches. Many caps in the 25x series have pressure cracks, this pen cap is crack free. Gold plating shows now signs of pitting or surface ware. There are no personalisation. The ink view window is exceptionally clear. Barrel to cap slip on and grip are firm and positive, as is the clip. Barrel and cap have a high gloss sheen. Piston filling system slides with ease and draws up maximum ink volume. Overall pen is ready to write and is in excellent condition. Pen is supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box. The original Montblanc card box is also included, split cornes and card hinge are damaged. We have attempted to glue damaged areas, with some success!
This early version of the Montblanc 254 has a plain cap lip band and the Montblanc logo on side of cap, with model number heat stamped on filling knob. Later versions have model number and MONTBLANC engraved on cap lip band with no model heat stamping to piston turning knob. Heat stamped impressions are totally unworn and gold filled.