Montblanc Meisterstuck 146 Piston Filling Fountain Pen. Made in Germany c.1978. Cap and barrel in black resin with gold filled trim. Fitted with 18C oblique medium nib. Supplied Hepworth Dixon bespoke card box.
Screw on black resin cap has Montblanc ‘snowcap’ signet inlaid to top. Three gold filled cap bands, the wider raised middle band carries the diagonally hatched inscription ‘MONTBLANC - MEISTERSTUCK - No 146’ around circumference. Gold filled cap clip, cap ring is engraved ‘GERMANY’. Pen predates serial numbering.
Black resin two part barrel has blue/grey clear ink view window. Black resin piston filling knob, resin threaded piston screw and gold filled dress ring.
Nib and Feed
Solid 18K gold, monotone nib with intricate scroll-work. Stamped with ‘4810 - M (within Montblanc logo) - 18C - MONTBLANC - 585 - 146’. Hand crafted, oblique medium (approx 0.8mm) writing tip. Very smooth writer having moderate flex. Round ebonite split ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications
Closed Length: 5.60" (14.2 cms)
Posted Length: 6.25" (15.8 cms)
Barrel Length (including Nib and Section): 4.90" (12.4cms)
Cap Length: 2.70" (6.9 cms)
Cap Diameter: 0.61" (1.47 cms)
Nib: 14C Gold - Oblique Medium Writing Tip
Filling System: Integral piston
Cap Type: Screw On (can be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 23.6 g
Restoration and Service
Pen has been fully serviced. Totally dis-assembled to confirm Montblanc authenticity. All parts ultrasonically cleaned. New piston seal fitted, piston mechanism lightly lubricated. Piston seal vacuum checked. Nib and feed assembly re-aligned with screw-in collar, re-sealed into barrel. Pen barrel and cap delicately hand polished. Reassembled, dip write tested and finally flushed with clean water.
Pen barrel and cap are free from scratches, with no cracks, hairline’s, dents, or personalisation. Gold plating to clip and trim is very good. Resin has high gloss sheen. Cap to barrel threads positive. Piston operation smooth, drawing full ink volume. Ink view widow is crystal clear. We would classify this pen as being in excellent condition.
This Montblanc Meisterstuck 146 in black resin, is the forerunner to the current Le Grande model. Due to specification modifications over the years, in particular, the mono-tone 14C nib, round split BHR feed and clip ring markings, resin piston operating screw, we are able to date this particular pen to c.1978. This pen was initially supplied to the French market, this is evident by the 18C nib fitted.