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

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$3,000
Estimate:
$700 - $1,000

Title:
Meisterstück No. 139L "Short Window" Fountain Pen

Author:
Montblanc

Place:
Germany

Publisher:

Date:
1948-1952

Description:
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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Item number:
291943
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