After 1960 these were then changed to the gold plated version, which has been ever present since. Its difficult to write a description for a pen that conjures up so much history and warrants its place in the highest echelons of all Montblanc writing instruments. The 149 has always been seen as a symbol of power and stature, but these original 1950s versions take this a stage in fact many stages! Further and create a writing experience that simply has to be experienced.Let me explain the important details about this pen. Nib: The pen is fitted with the legendary 14C tri-tone medium nib, which is an absolute joy to write with. The gold is bright and the imprints crisp these nibs are renowned for their levels of feedback, spring and ease of writing, making them hugely sought after. Their modern counterparts simply cant compete.
This has a beautiful flex to it and lays down a glorious line! Feed: The celluloid 149s came with two feeds over the time that they were produced the first being known as a ski-slope feed and then those from the mid 1950s being fitted with a round ebonite feed with a grooved face and shank. This pen has the earlier style ski-slope version. Filling System: One of the stand-out features of the celluloid 149s is the ingenious telescopic filling system.
This is a two stage process, where by the piston knob is turned during the initial stage, it then is turned again to engage the telescoping system, which then fills or empties the ink reservoir. Ink Window: The celluloid pens are famous for their ink window and with use the original green colour then turns to various shades of amber and red.
The lines on the ink window are straight and well defined, with it still retaining it's green hue (indicating only light usage). This is the short ink window version, with some of the earliest examples having a longer ink window. Celluloid: Celluloid is a notoriously tricky substance to work with and is very susceptible to storage conditions. For this reason, many of the 149s available suffer from varying degrees of shrinkage this is most obvious on the cap, where the main part is then noticeably smaller than the gold plated clip ring and two silver rings. There is virtually zero shrinkage on this pen.
Whilst on the subject of celluloid, you will often see people advertising 149s as being demonstrator versions this is not the case, its simply where the black celluloid has worn away on the barrel to reveal the clear structure below. It will present as an amber colour and you can then see the internal workings of the pen often this wear isnt even and although people like to coin the term demonstrator its simply not the case. Silver Rings: The most recognisable feature of these 50s pens are the two wonderful sterling silver rings found on the cap. A common problem, due to shrinkage of the celluloid, is that these rings become loose or heavily distorted.
The rings on this pen are straight, with only a tiny amount of movement away from a straight line on one part of the cap. The main gold cap ring does move if purposefully turned, but is not at all loose and this is not uncommon.
Markings: The celluloid pens were heat-stamped with a variety of different markings this particular one has 149 imprinted on the piston knob and M indicating a medium nib. This pen features the wording'Masterpiece' on the main cap band rather than the traditional'Meisterstuck' - this was used for certain export markets. The imprint'made in Germany' appears very lightly on the barrel. Condition: The pen is presented in overall lovely condition this is a 60 year old pen, so there are marks associated with use over time and a small mark on the barrel (visible in the last photo), but it's ready for many years of happy writing. Weve lightly polished it, but you could polish it further if you wanted.
Hopefully what comes across, is how passionate we are about such fine writing instruments like this. , wed say that this pen represents tremendous value we know which one wed rather have. It would make for a wonderful addition to any collection or simply to be admired the choice is yours, write with it every day and youll be rewarded with a pen that barely has an equal, or simply stare at it and keep it in a collection. Please take a look at our other listings for a selection of Montblanc writing instruments. If you've any questions, then please don't hesitate to let me know.
The item "Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 Celluloid Silver Rings Fountain Pen Ski Slope Feed" is in sale since Tuesday, March 6, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Pens & Writing Equipment\Pens\Fountain Pens\Montblanc". The seller is "izodspens" and is located in Ipswich. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine.