No. 20 Lever Filler
This pen is from the personal collection of Ariel Zuñiga - a generous contributor on FPN, seminal Montblanc collector’s books, and now this website. Watch out for a series of reviews of truly rare pens thanks to AZ’s generosity!
This No. 20 "Masterpiece" made between 1928-30 has many special characteristics. First, it is a lever filler. Montblanc wasn't too excited to use lever mechanisms but was probably pressured to do so because this technology was popular internationally. So, they made lever fillers for a rather short time between 1922 and 1930, and probably for the export market because the safety was filler was better received in Germany. Hence, they are hard to come by and very valuable today. Second, the ball clip on this pen was made for only a short period between 1929 and 1932. I haven't come across many pens with this particular clip (which is different from the more common teardrop clip). Finally, and arguably most importantly, the colour - we have the beautiful and rare Azurite blue here!
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