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Montblanc 342 Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Resin with Gold Filled Trim. Screw Cap. Germany 1957/60

Montblanc 342 Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Resin with Gold Filled Trim. Screw Cap. Germany 1957/60
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Montblanc 342 Vintage Fountain Pen in Gloss Black Resin. Piston filling. 14C Medium Nib. Germany 1957/60

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Item Ref: HD:MBV/6889

Montblanc 342 Vintage Fountain pen
 
 
 
 
Description:

Later version Montblanc 342 vintage fountain pen in gloss black resin with gold plated trim. Screw cap. 14C 585 flexible nib with medium writing tip. Piston filling. Germany c.1957/60.

Black resin screw-on cap. Domed resin cap top with white Montblanc 'Snow-cap' signet inset. Gold filled ring top pocket clip. Gold filled broad lip band, cross hatch engaged 'MONTBLANC (star) 342 (star)'. 

Black resin barrel and section which has a pale blue translucent ink view window.  Screw knob at rear of barrel which operates piston filling mechanism with elastomer piston seal, knob is heat impressed M.
 
Nib:
 
Original 14C gold medium nib with plenty of iridium tipping. Stamped: 'MONT' 'BLANC' - 14C - MONTBLANC - 585' also stamped '342' unseen at base of nib. Nib is nicely flexible. Ebonite (BHR) round ink feeder.
 
Montblanc 342 Vintage Fountain pen
 
Measurements and Specifications

 

Closed Length: 4.97" (12.6 cms)

Posted Length: 5.53" (14.0 cms)

Barrel Length: (including nib) 4.43" (11.3 cms)

Cap Length: 2.32" (5.9 cms)

Cap Diameter: 0.48" (1.26 cms)

Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.42" (1.08 cms) 

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

Filling System: Single Stage Piston

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

Pen Weight: 15.7 g

Pen Serial Number: Not Applicable 
 
Montblanc 342 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. Gold plating on lip and cap Lip ring 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. 

General Condition

Pen barrel and section are free from cracks, hairlines and noticeable surface scratches. Gold plating shows now signs of pitting or surface ware. There are no personalisation. The ink view window is exceptionally clear. Barrel to cap threads 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 very excellent condition. Pen is supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box. 

Hepworth Comment

This later version of the Montblanc 342 has it's model number engraved on cap lip band, as opposed to being heat stamped on piston filling knob.  Great daily user, but due to condition, would not be out of place in a collection.
 

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