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1950's Montblanc 149


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#1 Michael R.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 17:51

When this pen came to me it showed some flaws but the potential was already visable:

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The 149 came with its original box and papers


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The cap bands were loose and slipped of the cap without much effort. Unfortunately one of the two thin silver rings was missing.



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Of course the piston cork-seal was dry so the pen would not work but the piston moved freely. Besides some surface wear the pen looked OK and showed some interesting early features.


I gave the pen to the vintage Montblanc expert Max Schrage at this years Cologne Pen Show to have it restored together with a few other vintage Montblanc to take care of.

Now the pens returned safely a few days ago:

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The cork seal was carefully replaced but much more important the cap bands have been fitted to the cap again!



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Early flat feed and early-shaped (less rounded) gripping section rim.



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Early long ink window with only little ambering and nice black stripes. On later pens the ink window is slightly shorter.



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Nice and large nib with some flex; the pen is marked BB along with the 149G imprint.


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Can't wait to take it out for a test write.

Cheers

Michael

PS: many thanks to Max for this great restoration!

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 17:57

That's pretty freakin' sweet! :thumbup:

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 18:05

Superb transformation! thanks for showing this beauty to us Michael!
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 18:15

GORGEOUS!!! :D

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 18:39

This is exactly what I love about Montblanc and the Montblanc Forum.
Thank You Michael and Congratulations. Can't wait to see the MB 30 restoration.
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:25

WOW!!--nice
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:25

Superb :thumbup:
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 19:47

Amazing! Thanks for the pretty pictures.

#9 Michael R.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 20:12

Many thanks for all of your nice comments! This really is a nice pen.

[...]Can't wait to see the MB 30 restoration.


You can see a preview of the surface restoration in the group-picture posted above.

Following the advices of both Tom Westerich and Max Schrage the surface looks much better already.


Cheers

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 20:20

Congratulations on the restoration. A very clean job.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 20:26

Congrats Michael! No wonder Max's so busy... :clap1:
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 23:14

WOW, it's hard to believe that it's the same pen in the before and after pics. Hat's off to Max :notworthy1: Thanks for posting the pictures!

PS For my own education, what are the other two pens in the last picture? The middle one looks like a 139 to me, but I've never seen the pen on the left...

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 23:45

Fantastic Michael and Max! :clap1:
Great to see such a wonderful pen rescued. Looking forward to a follow-up on how it writes.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 00:14

Absolutely amazing. I have a pen that needs this kind of love! Is there anyone in the US that can create such miracles? How do I get in touch with Max? Thanks
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 06:50

superb find michael :thumbup: :puddle: :notworthy1: happy writing and congrats
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:30

Beautyfull pen and a very nice restoration !
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:17

Lovely pen, fabulous restoration job.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 16:21

Very nice, Congrats.........

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 17:37

PS For my own education, what are the other two pens in the last picture? The middle one looks like a 139 to me, but I've never seen the pen on the left...


Yes, the other one is a 139G (found in the wild in a small antique store) and the other one is a 1930's hardrubber pushbutton Meisterstück with a flexible 235 nib. I'm not sure yet but I think it is a #30 model.


Looking forward to a follow-up on how it writes.


I've inked it for the first time yesterday and will post a few writing samples soon. All I can tell is that it writer very, very wet and has some flex. But this meets my expectations of Montblanc pens of that period of time. Als the nib has the expected feedback/tooth I love on MB nibs from that time.


How do I get in touch with Max?


Max (aka maxpens) is active on this board as well. His website is www.maxpens.com / www.maxpens.de.

Cheers

Michael

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 14:34

Amazing transformation!






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