There is a lot of information available on the older editions, for example the comprehensive two volume "The History of the Italian Fountain Pen" by Letizia Jacopini but far less on those pens that followed.
Let's begin during the very late 80s and early 90s and then wander forward.
As we explore I must point out that while I have tried to confirm most of the data with the good folk at Montegrappa, any errors or omissions are solely my own. Specifically I must thank Adriano Pirone at Montegrappa who has responded to far more questions than anyone should have to endure.
Until 2000 Montegrappa was owned and run by the Aquila family. In 2000 the Richemont Group (owners of Montblanc, Cartier, Dunhill and a host of other high end brands) bought Montegrappa and in 2005 ownership returned to the Aquila family.
The Sterling parts on a Montegrappa pen will carry a Makers Mark stamp as well as Hallmarks.
1055 VI would signify the older Aquila owned company.
1140 MI those products made during the Richemont phase.
Pens made during the current Aquila owned company will carry a 2670 VI stamp.
The initials show the location of the Guild making the Sterling Silver parts of the pens, VI for Vicenza and MI for a Milan Guild.
There are many of the Regular Edition Montegrappa period pens from this period of which I do not yet have an example and hopefully other members here will be able to fill in the missing gaps.
Here's a list of the pens that I hope to cover and the order in which they were released:
- 400 Series
- 300 Series
- Classica Celluloid
- Classica resin
- Extra 1930
- Privilege deco
- Espressione Duetto
- Slim Cylindrical
- Thick Cylindrical
- Silver Threaded End Body
- Silver Resin End Body
- Faceted Non-Silver Body
- Rounded Smooth Non-Silver Body