Montegrappa began making writing instruments over one hundred years ago in 1912. They have a rich history of producing some of the finest pens and, more recently, they’ve produced special pieces that celebrate a range of events, people and products. The Montegrappa Tire-Bouchon is one of those special pieces and we have one going under the hammer on April 14th as part of our Cars, Cameras & Fountain Pens auction.
Combining fine materials with a twist of engineering expertise, the Tire-Bouchon pen was limited to 100 individually numbered pieces. The pen we are selling is 76/100.
The pen was designed to reflect the materials associated with traditional winemaking. The same organic oak timber that’s used to make wine barrels forms the barrel and cap and highly polished stainless steel is used for the straps. The pocket clip is made from palladium plated sterling silver and takes the form of miniature bunches of grapes on the vine, and the cap’s top is an engraving of a vine leaf. The nib is solid 18ct gold and engraved with the octagonal Montegrappa motif.
Concealed within the barrel of the Tire-Bouchon is a corkscrew, that’s fully functional and extremely strong.
This Montegrappa Tire-Bouchon has evolved as an objet d’art, a collectable, an accessory, a fashion statement, a rarity and an investment too.
Please note: if you are planning on using the pen rather than collecting it, specialised cartridges are required as the mechanism occupies most of the barrel – there’s no big ink capacity.
Guide price: £1,000 – £1,500.