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#1 my63

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:02

I came upon this pen at a local market it is marked Conway Stewart 73. The nib is marked no 4.
It has had a recent run in with a hacksaw where the clip has been removed the seller knew the nib was 14 ct gold.
The pressure bar is present but the lever is missing.
I know nothing about Conway Stewart I understand the basic mechanics of the lever system.
I would like to restore this pen but dont know if it is worth restoring.

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Any advice would be appreciated
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:06

Hi my63!
You could always send it to me, and I'll see what I can do!
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 15:07

Hi Michael,
It's well worth restoring. The 73 isn't a very common pen and it looks like what you have there has the makings of a nice example. None of the problems that the pen has are insoluble but it may take a little time to source the correct clip and lever. Removing the remains of the old clip is perfectly feasible but often a little challenging on Conway Stewarts of this design. Whether you decide to restore it yourself or send it to a professional, you'll have an enviably nice and uncommon pen at the end of it.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 19:43

Hello Michael,

I would certainly accept Truffle Finder's offer, and see what he can do.

If it can be restored, it would make a very nice piece.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:11

That's a particularly nice colour/pattern.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 17:29

Hi my63!
You could always send it to me, and I'll see what I can do!
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Thanks Henry
I will send it to you as soon as possible this will be my first Conway Stewart fountain pen.
Regards
Michael

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 17:33

Hi Michael,
It's well worth restoring. The 73 isn't a very common pen and it looks like what you have there has the makings of a nice example. None of the problems that the pen has are insoluble but it may take a little time to source the correct clip and lever. Removing the remains of the old clip is perfectly feasible but often a little challenging on Conway Stewarts of this design. Whether you decide to restore it yourself or send it to a professional, you'll have an enviably nice and uncommon pen at the end of it.
Regards,


Thanks Deborah
I spent a little time reading your website and blog today I really like you restoration ethos regarding pens. I try to take a similar approach to writing slopes.
Regards
Michael

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 17:48

Thanks Deborah
I spent a little time reading your website and blog today I really like you restoration ethos regarding pens. I try to take a similar approach to writing slopes.


Thank you very much, Michael. That's very good to hear.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:14

Please be sure to post a few restoration pictures and the after photo when it is lovingly given a new life. It looks like a lovely fountain pen.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 18:49

I have spoken to Truffle finder today and my Conway Stewart is on its way to him as we speak.
I think I will make a special box whilst I await its return (parts permitting of course.
If it can be restored I will post pictures on its return,
Thanks for the advice everyone.
Regards
Michael

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 19:03

Please be sure to post a few restoration pictures and the after photo when it is lovingly given a new life. It looks like a lovely fountain pen.


Good idea Mags.

+1 on the photos!
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 20:27

I tought I would give an update on the Conway Stewart pen I sent to truffle finder yesterday.
I had a call to day to say the pen had arrives safely and that the parts were available and the pen could be repaired and returned to me by the middle of next week and at a very reasonable cost.
I will post pictures as soon as it arrives.
Thanks
Michael

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:53

I tought I would give an update on the Conway Stewart pen I sent to truffle finder yesterday.
I had a call to day to say the pen had arrives safely and that the parts were available and the pen could be repaired and returned to me by the middle of next week and at a very reasonable cost.
I will post pictures as soon as it arrives.
Thanks
Michael


It's so good to hear of a pen being saved from the bin, and being given a new life. :thumbup:

Looking forward to the photos, Michael.

BTW...which pens do you usually use.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 13:26


I tought I would give an update on the Conway Stewart pen I sent to truffle finder yesterday.
I had a call to day to say the pen had arrives safely and that the parts were available and the pen could be repaired and returned to me by the middle of next week and at a very reasonable cost.
I will post pictures as soon as it arrives.
Thanks
Michael


It's so good to hear of a pen being saved from the bin, and being given a new life. :thumbup:

Looking forward to the photos, Michael.

BTW...which pens do you usually use.

Hi Malcolm
I collect Parkers mainly Duofold and Victory pens although I do have a number of 51s my current weapon of choice is a lovely 51 black with a rolled silver cap and a nice broad wet nib.
I like the fact that it was given to me along with two other pens for restoring a writing slope and a cutlery box (for pen storage) for a collector.
I may well look out for more Conway Stewarts not least because they are English and also their forum is so friendly :)
Regards
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 18:37



I tought I would give an update on the Conway Stewart pen I sent to truffle finder yesterday.
I had a call to day to say the pen had arrives safely and that the parts were available and the pen could be repaired and returned to me by the middle of next week and at a very reasonable cost.
I will post pictures as soon as it arrives.
Thanks
Michael


It's so good to hear of a pen being saved from the bin, and being given a new life. :thumbup:

Looking forward to the photos, Michael.

BTW...which pens do you usually use.

Hi Malcolm
I collect Parkers mainly Duofold and Victory pens although I do have a number of 51s my current weapon of choice is a lovely 51 black with a rolled silver cap and a nice broad wet nib.
I like the fact that it was given to me along with two other pens for restoring a writing slope and a cutlery box (for pen storage) for a collector.
I may well look out for more Conway Stewarts not least because they are English and also their forum is so friendly :)
Regards
Michael


Hi Michael,
I have a few 51's and Duofolds myself, lovely pens. The 51 with the silver cap sounds fabulous! My black 51 has the lustraloy cap, but it too is a wonderful writer.

I'd love to have a Lucky Curve senior in black.

Don't have any of the Victory pens...yet. Just too busy with the Conway Stewarts at the moment. :rolleyes:

Doesn't it add something to a pen, when it was gifted, or bought in a special place...has a personal story attached to it.

You are a writing slope man? Some of them are so beautiful. The epitome of the phrase 'small but perfectly formed'.

If you decide to treat yourself to a few more Conway pens, you will always find help/advice here if needs be. :thumbup:

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 20:25

Hi Malcolm
It is funny the writing slope thing started when I bought two writing slopes from ebay they had both been stripped of the interior and shinny bits if you have a spare 30 mins have a look

http://www.fountainp...g-slope-dilema/

I hope the link works.
The restoration went from this
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To this

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One of the other pens I received was a Parker lucky curve duofold junior which also writes beautifully.
Regards
Michael

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 17:30

Hi Malcolm
It is funny the writing slope thing started when I bought two writing slopes from ebay they had both been stripped of the interior and shinny bits if you have a spare 30 mins have a look

http://www.fountainp...g-slope-dilema/

I hope the link works.
The restoration went from this
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IMG_2279 by my0771, on Flickr

To this

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IMG_2839 by my0771, on Flickr

One of the other pens I received was a Parker lucky curve duofold junior which also writes beautifully.
Regards
Michael


Wow! Thanks for the link Michael...I will surely check it out. :thumbup:

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 17:57

Sorry for the lateness of my contribution, I missed this earlier. In the unlikely event that Henry cannot complete the job, I have the NOS parts here that you would require to restore this yourself.





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Posted 02 December 2012 - 20:40

Sorry for the lateness of my contribution, I missed this earlier. In the unlikely event that Henry cannot complete the job, I have the NOS parts here that you would require to restore this yourself.


Many thanks Northlodge when I spoke to Henry on Friday he had all of the parts required.
I have an idea that I may be buying more Conway Stewarts in the future.
Although I have a few writing slopes to restore before I can get to my pen restoration queue.
Thanks
Michael

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 20:41

It's back already.
Not even a week has passed since I sent my first Conway Stewart fountain pen to Henry for restoration.

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It is a beautiful pen and it only cost me £1 plus Henry s very reasonable fee for restoration.
I now have a beautiful fountain pen to add to my collection.

Regards
Michael

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 20:59

It looks great!

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 22:00

Yeah, guys like Henry are as rare and as valuable as truffles.. :thumbup:

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 20:01

My goodness! Is that the same pen? What a wonderful job Henry has done.

You must be over the moon with it, Michael, and yes, it IS a beautiful pen.

Welcome to the world of vintage Conway Stewart. :thumbup:

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:33

Great to see that pen looking the way it should! Henry did a great job.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 23:12

Thank you all for your help and advice I will keep popping into this forum and learning more about Conway Stewart pens.
Next week I am planning on making a special box as a home for this lovely pen.
Just need to think of something suitable if anyone has any ideas please let me know
Thanks
Michael

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:50

Wow, that pen turned out great! Beautiful color, and Mr. Simpole really fixed & finished it up nice for you. Thanks for posting the pics...made a great story!
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