Montegrappa Symphony Brier Rollerball

1996-99
About This Model

Montegrappa, actually Elmo & Montegrappa, is one of the oldest continuous fountain pen manufacturers in the world, having been in business since 1912. Its history is complex and largely undocumented since the 1950’s, but the fact remains that it flourished during the golden years of fountain pens, survived the lean years, and is now back as a major manufacturer of luxury fountain pens. These pens, from the Symphony Collezione are 1996-99, a second edition of the famous, elegant 1912 and Reminiscence lines.
The Symphony line are all octagonally faceted like the Reminiscence line and many 1930’s Montegrappas, with a threaded barrel cap to enable posting, and silver cap rings and section. These are very substantial pens. Their imprints are all on the cap rings, with “1912” and the Montegrappa crest.

About This Pen

Like the Brier fountain pen, this rollerball is actually made from a type of briar, from the Erica tree root, a species of heather found in the Mediterranean climate. The root, according to Montegrappa, is harvested when it is 30-60 years old and then dried for months, yielding a beautiful and very hard wood. This pen has been freshly repaired at the Montegrappa factory, so is in excellent condition. The trim is all silver, and without marks or blemish. This pen came to me without its original presentation box.

This rollerball pen is identical in appearance and dimensions to the Montegrappa Symphony Brier fountain pen. Together, these pens form one of the most elegant two-pen sets I’ve seen. These really should be sold together, so are available as a two-pen set for $550, including domestic shipping.

Price: $275 Sold