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Pen Type: Fountain
Brand: Montblanc

Hi, I am a complete fountain pen novice, however learned a little recently having purchased some pens from a physician partial to fountain pens. Here is a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck 149 piston filler from what appears to be around 1985 based upon info below. It has a 585 14k two tone nib. Everything appears to work and be in good condition with one slight imperfection. It appears the cap may have been dropped and is chipped on the rim and inside. Best photo I could show is photo no. 8. Nonetheless will start this at a very low entry level bid in the hopes a collector will know what to do with the lovely heavy pen. Look for more to come soon as I will be listing several different pens. Thanks for viewing! Sorry I do not have the box.

Montblanc Meisterstuck 149

Around 1991 they switched from 14k nibs to 18k nibs exclusively.

The cap band on very early (first-year?) 149s is different. Rather than 3 gold bands, the center band is gold while the two smaller side bands are sterling silver. Pens with these bands come from very early production and are extremely valuable to collectors. Other earlier cap bands would say Masterpiece (US and UK) or Chef d'Oeuvre (French) instead of Meisterstuck; these were made for the export market and thus had Meisterstuck translated into the appropriate languages.

Another feature of early 149s is that the trim ring at the filler knob end is an actual ring and protrudes very slightly. On current 149s, this band is completely flush against the side. This change occurred by 1972. The piston filler itself comes in at least three variants: a white metal housing (1952-late 1950s), an all-plastic mechanism (late 1950s-1990), and a brass housing (1990-current).

The barrel has undergone one significant design change that is not very visible externally. Prior to 1985, the entire barrel was a single piece of plastic. After 1985, the barrel was made in two pieces: the barrel up to and including the ink window, and then the section with the nib that joins up where the ink window ends.

Barry Gabay has the following list of known 149 nib variants with approximate dates. The 2-tone has a platinum-plated center and gold edge, while the 3-tone is gold-platinum-gold. The cut-out tail present in some pens is a notch in the nib that mates against the feed and prevents it from moving or rotating. This feature cannot be seen without disassembling the nib and feed.

  • 14C, 3 tone, tapered shoulders (1952-1959)
  • 14C, 3 tone, broad shoulders (1960-1972)
  • 18C, 3 tone, broad shoulders (1952-1959 European market)
  • 14C, 2 tone, narrow shoulders (1972-1985)
  • 14C, 2 tone, flexible nib (1960s-1970s)
  • 14K, 2 tone, broad shoulders (1985-1988)
  • 14K, 2 tone, broad shoulders, cut-out tail (1988-1990)
  • 14K, 2 tone, narrow shoulders (1985-1988)
  • 14K, 2 tone, narrow shoulders, cut-out tail (1988-1990)
  • 18K, 2 tone, broad shoulders (1991-1994)
  • 18k, 3 tone, broad shoulders, used on Hemingway and later 149s (1995-1999)
  • 18K, 3 tone, narrow shoulders, cut-out tail (1999-current)

The early 149s (1950s vintage) are slightly smaller than the current size and have the model number heat-stamped on the filler cone. The celluloid pens have a celluloid star that yellows with age; any 149 with a slightly yellowed star is a pretty old one.

On Jul-17-13 at 08:01:42 PDT, seller added the following information:

ATTENTION; my error... this is a 4810 750 18k  NIB

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