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Montblanc 344-G Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Resin with Gold Filled Trim. Germany 1956

Montblanc 344-G Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Resin with Gold Filled Trim. Germany 1956
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Montblanc Transitional 344-G Piston Filling Vintage Fountain Pen in Black Resin with Gold Fittings - 14C Oblique Medium Nib - Germany 1956

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Item Ref: HD:MBV/8413

Montblanc 344-G Vintage Fountain pen

Rare transitional Montblanc 344-G Vintage Piston Filling Fountain Pen in Black resin with Gold filled Fittings. Germany 1956
Black resin barrel, cap and section. Gold filled pocket clip and trim. White Montblanc solid signet on black resin, domed clip retaining stud. Translucent blue ink view window. Gold filled cap lip band, which has no markings. Screw knob, which also has no heat stamped markings operates piston filling system with elastomer piston seal. Screw on cap which may be posted on rear of barrel. Heat stamped on side of cap 'Mont [mountain] Blanc'

Nib and Feed
Original 14C solid gold nib stamped 'MONT BLANC - 14C - MONTBLANC - 585 - 344'. Nib has an oblique medium writing tip and has good flex Ebonite ink feeder, flat 'ski-slope' design. The nib writes beautifully with it's springy nib. 
Measurements and Specifications
Montblanc 344-G Vintage Fountain pen
Capped Length: 5.30" (135 mm)
Posted Length: 6.00" (152 mm)

Barrel Length (including section and nib): 4.75" (121 mm)

Cap Length: 2.46" (62 mm)

Cap Diameter: 0.53" (13.5 mm)

Barrel Diameter Widest Point: 0.48" (12.2 mm)

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

Filling System: Single Stage Telescopic Piston

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

Pen Weight: 17.8 g

Pen Serial Number: Not Applicable 

Montblanc 344-G 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. 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. 

General Condition

Pen barrel and cap are free from cracks, hairlines and noticeable surface scratches. There are no personalisation. Gold plating to clip and cap band is excellent with no brassing or age related ware. Heat stamping to cap is excellent. Barrel and cap have a high gloss sheen. Piston filling system slides with ease and draws up maximum ink volume. Cap to barrel screw thread is firm and positive. Overall pen is ready to write and is in excellent overall condition. Pen is supplied in bespoke Hepworth Dixon card box.

Hepworth Comment

This Montblanc 344-G was manufactured c.1956. Earlier models had their reference number heat stamped into filling knob, with a plain gold filled band positioned slightly above cap lip. This version of the Montblanc 344-G latterly had the Montblanc name and reference number engraved into the cap lip ring. It should also be noted that this pen is fitted with a flat ski-slope ink feeder, last utilised in the early 1950's. We have it on authority that this pen is a genuine transitional Montblanc. 

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