Lot 186 of 362:
Montblanc #326 rare marbled brown celluloid variant, c.1930s  

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No. 326 Brown Marbled Celluloid Push-Button Filler Fountain Pen, Rare Color Variant






No. 326 push-button filler, marbled brown celluloid, gold-plated "arrow" clip and two cap rings, "Simplo" imprint on barrel, engraved captop star. 124mm. 14K gold circle-vent Montblanc nib, slight flex. Very good condition, clear imprints, brassing to clip and rings, captop star lightly rubbed, nib discolored, push-button stuck.

-Wallrafen, Stefan & Jens Rösler. Collectible Stars I: Montblanc 1908-1947. [Cologne: 2014], pp. 122-123. The book records five color variations for this pen: black, azurite blue, malachite green, pearl marbled and green-black striated. Marbled brown variants are not recorded. The black and pearl marbled varieties are less uncommon, with scarcity ratings of 7 & 10, respectively; the others have scarcity ratings of 11 (on 12-point scale). This unrecorded variant is presumably at least an 11 ("up to 10 exist") if not a 12 ("up to 5 exist"), and may be the only known example.

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