No. 0, 4 & 6 Lever Fillers
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!
These No. 0, 4 and 6 lever fillers are made of hard rubber in mottled red colour. Their nibs and lever design tell us that they were made in c. 1925.
Montblanc made lever fillers for a very short period between 1921 to 1929, and this makes them highly collectable today. Learn more about the MB lever filler at the bottom of this article --> No. 1 Lever Filler.
These pens were more commonly available in black, but customers also had the options of mottled red and coral red, as per Collectible Stars I. The mottled red pens command far higher value amongst collectors today, and the coral red even more.
All three pens pictured here are clipless. While there are examples of lever fillers with clips, I believe that these were presented as options by retailers instead of being matched at the factory itself. The reason I say this is because advertisements from the 1920s show the pen without a clip being slipped into a gentleman's suit pocket. Clearly, a clip was not essential to the design.
In terms of sizes, Collectible Stars I shows examples of lever fillers from sizes 00, 0, 1, 2, 4, and 6. But, I wonder if larger sizes were available especially since these pens were so close in design to the safety filler series and we know that the latter was available in sizes all the way up to 12.
It is interesting to note that for these particular pens, the No. 4 is slightly larger than the No. 6 with a length of 12.7cm v/s 12.2 cm respectively. In the words of the owner himself, "I even wondered if this difference was because one of them could have been shortened, either on the cap or the barrel, but I have been assured it was not the case. Since I have all those pens for more than twenty years I did not have any reason to doubt what I was told."
The size O example we have here measures a tiny 10cm. Look at it dwarfed by the 139 in this picture!
The fact that this pen is a lever filler + size O + mottled red, makes is a truly rare specimen.
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