No. 30 & 40 Meisterstück
These pens are from the personal collection of Paul Farrell, an enthusiastic collector of modern MB Pens (especially Writers Editions and 149’s) and a collector of exceptional vintage pens too!
In 1924 Montblanc introduced the "Meisterstück" series which was intended to be the company's top-of-the-line offering. The series started off with safety filler and lever-filler technology before moving on to push-knob filler technology. The pens were numbered based on their price. So, the No. 30 meant that it cost 30 Reichsmark (RM) which was the currency in Germany at the time, while the No. 40 cost RM. 40. The smaller numbers meant that the pens cost less but also that they were smaller in size. The smallest pen in the line up was the No. 20. The largest pen was the No. 45.
Meisterstück push-knob pens were made in Germany in the early 1930s, but also in Denmark from the late-1930s till the mid-1940s. The differences between them are subtle. The Danish version has a 'taper cap', where the cap crown with the star is smaller than the German version. It allows for a more streamlined cap top, whereas the German cap tops stick out a little. A No. 40 cap star on the Danish pen is the same size as that on a No. 30 German pen. Apart from this, the pens are indistinguishable from each other. Also, the German series included a No. 35 and No. 45, while the Danish series only had the 20, 25, 30, and 40.
Both pens in this article are Danish versions. The pen in the top picture with the fluted clip is a No. 30, while the pen in the bottom picture with the teardrop clip is a No. 40. Both clips are period correct and possible on this series. The No. 40 pen here does not have a "40" imprint on its push knob, while the No. 30 does have a "30" imprint. Danish models often did not have model imprints on the push knob.
The nibs on both pens look the same, with the "4810" and "M" imprint, but the No. 30 has a size 235 nib while the No. 40 has a size 245 nib. German push-knob Meisterstück pens came with similar nibs, but they are also found with an older version nib that had the model number imprinted inside the star outline.
Both pens are relatively large. Their lengths are identical at 13.7 cm capped, but the No. 40 is noticeably thicker.
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