Full view of Montblanc 149s
Vintage and less vintage I don't have any 90's vintage 149's
These range from 1952 to about '90, they only come in black
l to r
1. circa 1952 celluloid
2. circa '59 celluloid
3. early 60's
4 & 5 mid 70's to early 80's
6. about '90
Same line up but with a vintage 146
first in line to show the size difference
I just like this shot, you can see the yellowing on the early
The 50's celluloid pens have the model heat stamped on the filler
knob, I have yet to see one with the nib style stamped and I believe it's because
in the day if you bought one of these the nib of your choice was fitted for you.
I think this allowed the store to keep a smaller inventory of expensive pens on
hand. Also note the gold band near the filler, early pens have a rounded band
and even into the 60's this is true, after about 1972 the band is flat and wide
The nibs differed, the earliest were 3 tone with the gold/silver/gold
and in the later 60's the two tone nibs were produced.
Almost all aged celluloid pens will have some ambering in the
This one shows how the black stripes wear on the early pens
Later resin ink window
The resin pens always seem to have nice clear windows
This is one of the best ways to break down the main era of your
The first pens made from 1952 to 1959 have a telescoping filler and when the knob
is back you can see white colored metal, in the 60's to the late 70's you see
a black plastic area there. About 1990 the part is made of brass and they're still
made that way today.
The first feeds were flat with grooves, mid 50's to late 50's
are rounded with full length grooves, 60's is rounded with grooves only on the
sloping face of the rounded feed, 70's on have no grooves
Cap band imprint
Early export pens have a very tiny MADE IN GERMANY stamped in
them, this '59 model is stamped on the cap
the circa 1952 PENS have this imprint on the barrel
Top cap ring
60's and 70's just have GERMANY
Top cap ring
Top cap ring
This one is made about '90
The clips are probably the least reliable way to date a 149.
Early 149s have a short hump in the middle of the clip, later ones have a longer
hump and the newest have the short hump again, also as you can see there are about
as many different stampings as there are pens
There you go, just about everything I know about MB 149's.
Most of the info I have about specific dates or era's came from
the great Barry Gabay article in the December '02/January 03 and Feb/Mar 03 issues
of Pen World magazine. Some of my observations are a little different but that
is what I have found on my pens. I tend to think of them as celluloid then early
plastic and later plastic with the brass filler. Beyond that it really doesn't
matter much as all of them are great writers. You really have to try a BB flex
nib to really get a feel for what made these early pens stand out and shine in
the ball point era.
Thanks for looking.