Lot 188 of 362:
Montblanc L139 "Short Window" fountain pen, c.1950  

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Meisterstück No. 139L "Short Window" Fountain Pen





The design which inspired Montblanc's Ernest Hemingway Writers Series pen. This iconic pen was Montblanc's top model when it was introduced in 1938, and originally retailed for the then-large sum of 45 Reichsmarks (approx. $20 US). Black celluloid cap and barrel, short ink window, one yellow and two white cap bands, turning-knob filler.  Large white metal nib (possibly palladium), appears medium, cut at a subtle right oblique angle, engraved "4810 / [Montblanc emblem] / 250", light to medium flex. 131mm. Rare in this size. Endpiece imprinted "L 139." Generally excellent, moderate brassing to clip and rings, not tested internally.
-Wallrafen, Stefan & Jens Rösler. Collectible Stars I: Montblanc 1908-1947. [Cologne: 2014], pp. 104-105. The book records three variatons: "Long Window," "Shorter Window" and "Short Window," of which this is the 3rd variant. No priority is given for any of the three variants, each of which has a scarcity rating of 8 ("Ultra Rare, Up to 75 Exist") on a 12-point scale.

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