Vintage Conway Stewart Pens
Collecting Conway Stewart pens can be
a very demanding, but ultimately rewarding challenge. The numbering
system used for their models is unlike that of any other major pen manufacturer.
Normally model numbers relate to the various aspects of that individual
model: size, filling system, or nib size.
advertising of Conway Stewart shows that model numbers were issued without
any real order. Many times, the same model was designated with two different
numbers, depending upon whether it was sold for the domestic market,
or for export.
For the enthusiasts, this can make identifying
any given Conway Stewart model very demanding. The pens can be defined
mainly into two groups: "early pens" and the later celluloid
pens. Both groups have their adherents among collectors, and many simply
choose to collect both!
The early pens, made of hard rubber,
can be more of an adventure. It is important to remember that the Conway
Stewart pens were marketed as being "everyday" writers. Thus,
the original owners used them everyday. After ten, twenty, or thirty
years of constant, everyday use, can leave an impression on even the
best made of pens!
Searching for an original Duro lever
filler in mottled hard rubber in mint condition can be quite a quest
and will not be as easy as locating some of the later pens. As with
all vintage pens, the larger models will be more expensive and difficult
to find than the smaller models. A large Duro such as that pictured
here can require quite an investment in both time and money to add to
course, it's not necessarily a simple task to compile a complete collection
of the later production pens. Some of the celluloids are very rare today,
and command a premium price.
patterns, in Green, Red, and Blue, for example, are considered to be
quite desirable. Others however, can be easier to locate, and allow
the collector the opportunity to enjoy vintage Conway Stewarts at an
Given that the nibs available
on these pens from the late 1940s and 1950s are every bit as good as
those found on the earlier Conway Stewarts, if you're looking for a
collection that also serves for daily use, these later pens can be the
My personal favorites of
their signature celluloids are the Herringbone in every color; Mottled
hard rubber in Red and Black; Black lined Olive Green; Floral and of
course, the famous Cracked Ice. Once you begin collecting Conway Stewarts,
I am sure you will find your own favorites!
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