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Montegrappa. An Annual Edition Silver and Resin Piston-Fed Fountain Pen with Original Guarantee and Presentation Box.
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Montegrappa. An Annual Edition Silver and Resin Piston-Fed Fountain Pen with Original Guarantee and Presentation Box.

SIGNED MONTEGRAPPA, NO. 107/2000, MAROSTICA THE GAME OF CHESS, CIRCA 2000

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Montegrappa. An Annual Edition Silver and Resin Piston-Fed Fountain Pen with Original Guarantee and Presentation Box.
Signed Montegrappa, No. 107/2000, Marostica the Game of Chess, Circa 2000
Four-sided silver and crimson resin barrel and cap, with low-relief engraved chessboard, the blind end in the form of a rook, the cap recessed for the clip decorated with the image of a Medieval tower, 18k gold nib with platinum overlay and iridium tipped, oversized reservoir, hand-carved ebonite feed, 1912 in the derby, end numbered.
142mm overall length
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Accompanied by a numbered Montegrappa Certificate of Authenticity, product literature, CD ROM, wooden presentation box in the form of a Medieval tower and outer packaging.

The present example is number 107 of an annual series of 2000 pens, made in year 2000 to celebrate the Millenium. Marostica is a charming little town in the district of Vicenza, Italy, close to Montegrappa premises. It is surrounded by protective walls and it is famous for the Chess Game to be played with living figures. According to tradition, in 1454 the local Governor invented the living Chess Game as an ingenious way to let two aspirants contend for his daughter's hand. The story began to be portrayed in Marostica's central square in the 50's and every two years over 600 costumed figures rehearse professionally as chess pieces. The Game of Marostica has fascinated spectators all around the world and its antiquity has contributed to the mysterious aura that has formed around the chess.

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