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Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Celluloid with Gold Filled Trim. Germany c.1957/59

Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Celluloid with Gold Filled Trim. Germany c.1957/59
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Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Celluloid with Gold Filled Trim. Germany Late 1950's

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Item Ref: HD:MBV/7149

Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Celluloid Vintage Fountain pen
 
 
Description:

Montblanc Masterpiece 144 telescopic piston filling fountain pen in gloss black celluloid with gold filled trim. Produced in Germany late 1950’s.

Black celluloid screw on cap is fitted with gold filled pocket clip. Gold filled bands, centre band raised and inscribed ‘MONTBLANC - MEISTERSTUCK’. Cap is topped with Montblanc charasistic ivory coloured signet ‘snowcap’.

Black celluloid barrel and section. Ink view window with alternating black/light amber stripes. Screw knob at rear of barrel operates three stage metal telescopic piston filling mechanism. Filling knob is heat stamped ‘144 ‘ and ‘KM’.
 
Nib and Ink Feed 
 
Original solid gold 14ct two-tone nib stamped 4810 - encircled Montblanc logo with M in centre ‘14C - MONTBLANC - 585 - 144’. Writing tip is a kugel medium (ball ended), corresponding with 'KM' heat stamped on piston filling knob. Nib writes very smoothly with excellent flex. Ebonite round inkfeed.

Measurements and Specifications
Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Celluloid Vintage Fountain pen
 

Closed Length: 5.18" (13.2 cms)

Posted Length: 5.85" (14.9 cms)

Barrel Length: (including nib) 4.61" (11.7 cms)

Cap Length: 2.50" (6.3 cms)

Cap Diameter: 0.52" (1.33 cms)

Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.46" (1.16 cms) 

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

Filling System: Three Stage Telescopic Metal Piston

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

Pen Weight: 22.7 grams

Pen Serial Number: Not Applicable
Pen Serial Number: Not Applicable 
Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 Celluloid Vintage Fountain pen 
Restoration/ Service

Pen has been fully restored. Disassembled, and all parts cleaned to remove traces of old ink. Piston feed telescopic assembly removed, cleaned, adjusted and lubricated. New piston seal fitted, Pressure tested to ensure good vacuum. Nib and feed correctly aligned within retaining collar and re-sealed with rosin into the section. Pen barrel and cap very delicately hand polished. Reassembled, write tested and finally flushed with clean water.

General Condition
 
Pen barrel and cap have very few blemishes associated with age. No surface scratches, dents, chips, hairlines or cracks. Barrel retains gloss celluloid coating over it's full length. There are no personalisation. Characteristic ivory snowcap signet to cap top. Gold plating to clip and rings is excellent. Cap rings are a good fit. Ink view window is clear, having typical light amber colour, Black stripes are well defined. Telescopic piston filling system operates with ease through its three stage movement and draws up good ink volume. Cap to barrel threads firm and positive. Well defined heat stamped lettering on piston knob. Overall pen is ready to write and is in excellent condition. Pen is supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box.

Hepworth Comment
 
Very rare. An original celluloid Montblanc Meisterstuck 144 from the late 1950’s, made for the German market. Of particular note is the unblemished barrel which has not lost any of it's black celluloid coating. The kugel medium, ball ended flexible nib lends itself to a wide variety of writing styles. This is a highly desirable collectors piece, equally a fine daily writer for those who enjoy the unique characteristics of a flexible nib. 
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