Montblanc 221 Piston Filling Vintage Fountain Pen, Black Resin Barrel and Cap, Gold Filled Fittings with 14C Gold Wing Nib. Germany Mid 1970's.
Black resin cap with gold filled clip secured by black resin cap top having gold filled band topped with white Montblanc snowcap signet. Gold filled cap lip stamped 'MONTBLANC - GERMANY', gold filled ring above. Cap may be rear posted on barrel.
Black resin barrel and section. Grey faceted translucent ink view window. Gold filled ring above the ink window. Black resin piston filling knob operating helical screw piston filling system with elastomer piston seal. White Montblanc signet to base of barrel.
Nib and Ink Feed:
Original 14C solid gold semi shrouded wing nib, stamped '585'. Writing tip is medium, having good flex, fairly wet writer. Flat plastic ink feeder.
Measurements and Specifications:
Capped Length: 5.34" (136 mm)
Posted Length: 5.7" (153 mm)
Barrel Length (Including Section and Nib): 4.80" (123 mm)
Cap Length: 2.48" 63 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.51" (11.6 mm)
Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.51" (11.6 mm)
Nib: Original 14C Gold - Wing Nib - Medium Writing Tip - Good Flex
Filling System: Single Stage Telescopic Piston
Cap Closure: Push On (May be Posted on Rear of Barrel)
Pen Weight: 14.6 g
Pen Serial Number: Not Applicable
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.
Pen barrel and cap are free from cracks, hairlines and noticeable surface scratches. There are no personalisation. Gold plating to clip and cap bands is excellent with no pitting 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 clutch and clip firm and positive. Overall pen is ready to write and is in very very good condition.
The Montblanc 221 is a nicely styled and lightweight writing instrument. There is a cartridge filling version of this pen but this particular model is a piston filler. Good everyday writer, and would also make a nice addition to any collection.