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#1 Montecristo

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 17:20

Today at our local boutique a sales rep showed me a 20 pen wooden collectors box (dark blue / black) that folds open like a book an has felt lined compartments.

I have researched the web and only found an older reference on FPN to such a box, but regretfully without a picture.

Does anybody own this box? Any experience with it? Indication of value?

The box is being offered for free B) if I purchase the Thomas Mann FP, but the only one they have left is a M. So I need to decide if the box is worth it for me to purchase the pen and go through a nib exchange or search for the right Mann version (F or BB).

Thanks for your thoughts. :thumbup:

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 17:42

Take a picture as it has perked my interest too.

I know there is a 8-pen leather exterior, felt lined interior MB case that can be purchased for $450 retail. I also heard from a boutique manager that MB is coming out with a wooden case (not sure pen capacity) in December timeframe that will retail over $2K.

Wow, you are extreme ... F or BB. :thumbup:

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 20:07

The box is being offered for free B) if I purchase the Thomas Mann FP, but the only one they have left is a M. So I need to decide if the box is worth it for me to purchase the pen and go through a nib exchange or search for the right Mann version (F or BB).

Don't ask silly questions. Any queries about this box can be answered later. Go for it immediately, take the free box and go through the nib exchange for a BB. :thumbup:
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#4 Montecristo

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 20:09

Take the box and run it is..... :ph34r: Wil post picture soon.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 20:17

Take the box and run it is..... :ph34r: Wil post picture soon.


:thumbup: that's the way to go!

...any recent collectors boxes from Montblanc I know are $$$.

Let us know how the one you got looks like.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 20:18

For FREE???!!!!????

Take it and run! I've wanted one of these for ages!

MB Starwalker Black Resin BP • MB Starwalker Black Mystery RB • MB Starwalker Black Mystery FP (M)
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 20:48

I didn't get one with my Thomas Mann!!!! :bawl:

Grab it whilst the offer is still on the table.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 21:34

My local boutique had one for sale amount two years ago. The price was Ł425.

I'd love one but I have over twenty pens so it wouldn't really suit my needs. It is a lovely box though. Considering a nib exchange on a new pen is free you'd be a fool to turn it down if you wanted the pen anyway

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 21:47

Please take pictures you lucky Monte!!! Yes, FREE beats $$$ everyday and the nib exchange is the way to go.

#10 Blade Runner

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 00:39

Congrats! Photos please.

Edited by Blade Runner, 24 June 2011 - 00:42.


#11 Montecristo

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:16

This is was happened:

I purchased the Mann which is sent to MB for a nib exchange. Received the box as a gift, but the one they had was damaged :gaah: (a heavy object fell on it and caused a big dent and crack in the varnish): The rep apologized and ordered me a new one that should be here by August, hopefully with the Mann.

The box is nicely done with the pen slots finished in felt over a type of flexible foam / rubber that snugly fits around most pens. Tried it with the Mann, the Verne I was carrying and a Ghandi that the store had. The box has a laser etched MB logo under the lacquer / varnish, that does not show well on my pictures (sorry for the quality, taken with my IPhone, but the chandelier didn't help either). The box has a dark blue almost black color. It is a very nice box that will fit part of my collection of pens (the rest is in Visconti magnetic tray's), one of which I am adding a picture of for comparison.

Has anybody seen this box before?

On my way out I asked whether they still had any discontinued / older style MB ink's and she pulled out a tray with Racing Green, Sepia and Ruby Red. Ended buying the two last bottles of Racing Green :puddle: and seriously considering going back for the sepia. Just inked my Shaw with the racing green.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:22

Very nice and a great find. Question - is the 2nd picture your collection of pens? If so, excellent collection! Do I see a skeleton pen in there? :puddle:

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:27

Wow! This place sounds like the boutique of our dreams. What great luck!

#14 Montecristo

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:33

Thanks.
Second picture is part of the collection. The 'skeleton' is the Octavian POA which has a spider theme.

Missing MB's in this tray are:

149 75th Ann Ltd.
Lennon, BB nib (ready to be picked up at my favorite pen shop in The Hague)
Hemingway (FP & BP)
149, 1990
146, 1992

Other pens not pictured are Visconti's, Stipula's, Parker Duofold's, Waterman Edson and some miscellaneous pens

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:42

Thanks.
Second picture is part of the collection. The 'skeleton' is the Octavian POA which has a spider theme.

Missing MB's in this tray are:

149 75th Ann Ltd.
Lennon, BB nib (ready to be picked up at my favorite pen shop in The Hague)
Hemingway (FP & BP)
149, 1990
146, 1992

Other pens not pictured are Visconti's, Stipula's, Parker Duofold's, Waterman Edson and some miscellaneous pens


PERFECT!! Great choices! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:59

Its beautiful. Great collection!
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:04

I set out below a photo of the now-discontinued MB pen chest. I know that penboard.de sold one used last summer, and I also noticed two slightly damaged chests sell for about US$500 at the June 2011 Bonham's pen auction.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 15:26

Wow!

Thanks for sharing the pics and your partly collection. Really nice :puddle:

I know why get that box for free. I would also please such a collectioner!

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 16:15

Thanks for the compliment for the pens.

Would you believe that this Mann is the first pen that I purchase at this store? It really is. My normal venue is Akkerman Pennen in The Hague (once or twice a year when I am in Europe). Guess I got lucky B)

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 16:18

PS: I am still very curious to hear whether anybody else out there has seen / owns this box. Is it a regular world wide Montblanc edition? Only made for the Caribbean Duty Free stores or maybe just for this particular store (forgot to ask the sales rep that......)?

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 16:44

Oh, really nice gift!

You definitely know this man in the pics of this topic.
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We went there with some FPN-ers two weeks ago and had some chit-chat with him.




Thanks for the compliment for the pens.

Would you believe that this Mann is the first pen that I purchase at this store? It really is. My normal venue is Akkerman Pennen in The Hague (once or twice a year when I am in Europe). Guess I got lucky B)


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Posted 24 June 2011 - 17:17

Yep, I have known Paul for the past 14 years and purchased many a pen from him. A true gentleman and expert. The first set I bought from him was a Hemingway FP and BP that a customer had sold to the store. I have a visit planned the first week of August to pick up the Lennon and a Visconti Anniversary (red) that was sent for a clip exchange. Last year I purchased the Orange Duofold set that was issued for the 100th anniversary and that you showed a picture of in your post. Great Set. Say hi to Lennard if you speak to him. Met him last February.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 17:20

PS: believe I recognize the Orange Duofold that I sold to Lennard last February in one of the pics you posted....... :thumbup:

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:49

I have one of these boxes. Doesn't come up frequently. I got mine from Germany 5 years ago.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 12:24

Thanks Darius. Looking forward to using mine.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 18:14

You are extraordinarily lucky! Congratulations!
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Posted 26 June 2011 - 12:43

Totally agree with your experience about Akkerman.
I will send Lennard your regards if I meet him next time.

Really nice acquisitions!

Yep, I have known Paul for the past 14 years and purchased many a pen from him. A true gentleman and expert. The first set I bought from him was a Hemingway FP and BP that a customer had sold to the store. I have a visit planned the first week of August to pick up the Lennon and a Visconti Anniversary (red) that was sent for a clip exchange. Last year I purchased the Orange Duofold set that was issued for the 100th anniversary and that you showed a picture of in your post. Great Set. Say hi to Lennard if you speak to him. Met him last February.


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Posted 04 July 2011 - 23:22

Given your fabulous collection Montecristo, it would be great to hear of your thoughts on the Thomas Mann! Does it meet your expectations?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:45

Hi Pavoni, can't provide feedback yet on the Mann. Hope to be able to ink it once it is back from its nib exchange.