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No. 25 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. 25 "Masterpiece" made between 1928-30 was sold mainly in the English speaking export market and some others too. It has a beautiful 18C nib which was the minimum requirement of the French market, and so the nib could be a replacement. It has a teardrop clip with cap rings, but different clips are possible and acceptable. Lever fillers are highly collectable because Montblanc only made them for a few years and so they are not easy to come by. The bright coral red colour of this pen is highly sought after. I find it just so vibrant and beautiful!
In 1924 Montblanc introduced the "Meisterstück" series which was intended to be the company's top-of-the-line offering. At that time, the pens were numbered based on their price. So, No. 25 meant that it cost 25 Reichsmark (RM) which was the currency in Germany at the time. The smaller numbers meant that the pens cost less but also that they were smaller in size. The No. 25 was amongst the smallest pens in the line up at around 12.8cm capped. The largest was the No. 45 (see reviews here --> No. 45 Mottled Red, No. 45 Black).
Notice that this pen has "Masterpiece" and not "Meisterstück" imprinted on its cap. They both mean the same thing. Pens made for foreign markets sometimes had imprints in the language of the importing country like Italy and France. Read more about imprints in different languages here --> link.
For bibliography, see Resources page -->link
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