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#1 Malcy

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 21:33

A student showed me an fp that he had been given by his grandfather. It looked like a school pen in pale blue with a semi enclosed nib and took an international cartridge. It was in a similar style to a Lamy 99. When I look a look at the clip, I saw that it read Conway Stewart and underneath the CS name in smaller letters it said Germany.

Does anyone have any information about these pens?
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 22:05

I know that, near the end of their first manifestation, they were making cartridge pens just as you describe. I was not aware that these were manufactured in Germany but that absolutely could be the case.
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#3 saintsimon

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 00:26

It was said about the "Le Tigre" branded CS piston fillers for the Belgian market that they were made in Germany.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 09:46

The later 570 Dinkies have 'Foreign' stamped on their barrels. Don't know where they were actually produced though.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:23

Interesting. Thanks for the replies.

I haven't been able to find any solid information on the topic googling around but I guess that they farmed out production in the last days of the old company. I found an article that said that some pens had even been ordered from a Japanese manufacturer but were never delivered. They were later discovered in store rooms at the Japanese manufacturer when the new CS company contacted them on a totally unrelated matter.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 20:17

Purely by coincidence I came across this pen on ebay.de which appears to be the CS double:

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 01:51

These pens would have been made for CS(rather than by CS) by a German manufacturer, simply CS using there name to advantage. Your "double" dates the pen nicely !!

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:51

It was said about the "Le Tigre" branded CS piston fillers for the Belgian market that they were made in Germany.

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When were these outsourced CS pens made?
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#9 saintsimon

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:19

It was said about the "Le Tigre" branded CS piston fillers for the Belgian market that they were made in Germany.

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When were these outsourced CS pens made?


Best assumptions I found say 1960s, which is very likely, considering their style and cheap, scratch prone plastic. The bordeaux is a Le Tigre 732M (branding on body), the gray a Le Tigre 91 (branding on cap). Both have excellent ,very fine, plated steel F nibs. The piston knobs are under their blind caps.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:23

Purely by coincidence I came across this pen on ebay.de which appears to be the CS double:

Heiko fountain pen

Heiko was a East German manufacturer.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:15

Yes, I noticed that which may preclude Heiko as the manufacturer. Was there east/west trade? I have a Russian camera bought at the same time. I don't know if the CS I saw was by Heiko but it was very similar.
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Posted 06 March 2011 - 10:29

The later 570 Dinkies have 'Foreign' stamped on their barrels. Don't know where they were actually produced though.

Generally that means it was made in Germany, after WWII German made goods were understandably not very popular in Allied countries, so they were stamped "Foreign", to not reveal their place of manufacture.
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 01:30

.... Was there east/west trade? ...

Of course! The countries of the Eastern Block were desperate for hard currency and manufactured everything they could with high priority for the Western market.






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