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149: the oversized Montblanc pen in an early version

Above you see a 149, the biggest pen in the Montblanc line of pens in the 50s (and onwards if we prescind from the special edition pens.) The pen shown is from the very beginning of the 149 production what you can tell from the cap rings where the two thin rings are made of sterling silver and not of gold plated metal as in later models, the gold - platinum - gold nib ('3' colours) and the flat ski-slope feed. The piston is of metal and not brass or plastic as in later models.

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Above: A 149 next to a 146. The difference in material in the thin rings is clearly visible as is the difference in size. 

To the right: the ski-slope nib of the early 149.

Below: Some pics of the green striped 146. In some of the pictures you can compare the sligt changes of colour that may occur due to time and exposition to light and/or ink. Also note the difference in nib design in comparison to the early 149. As always, I think, the pencil is not easy to get your hands on.

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A set of grey striped 144

I'm very happy with the grey striped 144 set you see below. In terms of colour and condition in general I think it is about as good as it gets. A point of curiosity: to me it seems that the narrow cap bands are sterling silver as in the early 149 above. Or maybe it simply looks like that because of the greyish nuances of the set? Anyway, it does make for a unusually elegant set of pens.

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