Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 443

Back to newest acquisitions we go! Here's another very nice vintage find, courtesy of Christopher, who was unable to make it to our December meeting due to the snow ...

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

Christopher: "I will admit that I do not have much of a representation of the vintage Conway Stewart writing instruments in my pen collection. It has not been something I have chosen to focus on. Still, when this smart, clean line jet black 45 surfaced, I decided that it just would have to be a pen I would welcome.

Actually, Conway Stewart had been part of my personal history, in that attending British-run prep schools during the 1950s and early 60s, a lot of my Masters had and used Conway Stewart fountain pens. Subsequently, when I found myself in their offices for one thing or another, there on their desks were Conway Stewart pens. We, the students, bought Sheaffer student pens from our tuck shop at the school, but our very strict instructors marked our papers often with the likes of Conway Stewart pens.

This particular beauty, which just came my way, is finished in black with 14K gold filled fixtures. The cap is quite interesting, sporting a well designed Conway Stewart branded gold filled clip, held in place with a hard rubber clip screw. The narrow gold filled cap band, which was loose at the time I acquired this pen, is now held firmly in place with a wee bit of fixative . The barrel is quite substantial and flat ended, plus equipped with a lever filler. Above this barrel is a matching jet black grip section, sporting quite a nice, but rather small, 14K sold gold flexy nib. I was pleasantly surprised when servicing this pen as to just how big the sac it accepted. Needless to say, it will keep laying ink on paper consistently for quite some time.

I do not know if I will be adding to many more of the Conway Stewart pens to my collection, but this one sure has a place in may heart ongoing."

If you're looking for more information on vintage writing instruments by Conway Stewart, you can find lots of it in the Conway Stewart book of numbers (click on book to see entries), a comprehensive online reference created by the late Conway Stewart collector Jonathan Donahaye.

Our thanks to Christopher for his ongoing contributions to our online "show & tell"; we'll be featuring an American-made vintage fountain pen --also belonging to him-- later this week, so watch for it here!

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