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'fountain Pens For The Million: The History Of Conway Stewart: 1905 - 2005' By Stephen Hull


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#1 Mary Burke

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 16:53

Just in case you missed out on receiving our newsletter giving details of Stephen Hull's new book on Conway Stewart, I have copied some of the information below with the sample pages.

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1st edition print, hardback copy of the new book:
Fountain Pens for the Million - The History of Conway Stewart
1905 - 2005 by Stephen Hull

Founded in 1905 Conway Stewart is among the best-known and best-loved of the English pen makers. Stephen Hull meticulously chronicles the history and development of Conway Stewart; detailing previously unpublished material, internal company documents and correspondence, prototypes, patents, registered trademarks, materials used including celluloid and casein, overlays and hallmarks, print advertisements, the development and design of all the Conway Stewart models since 1905 and much more! 'Fountain Pens for the Million' features 300 pages of history, more than 700 illustrations -- it is a reference book that will undoubtedly appeal to all Conway Stewart vintage and modern enthusiasts as well as those interested in the history of British writing instruments.

  • Hardbound, First Edition Print.
  • 225 mm x 280 mm, 3.1 lbs weight.
  • 300 pages containing unpublished material about Conway Stewart.
  • 30 pages of appendices providing detailed information on patents, registered trade marks, pen model numbers, key features and colours/materials, model specifications and more.
  • 700+ full-colour images (most at actual size) of pens, prototypes, pencils, ink pencils and other items.
  • 130+ adverts, leaflets and shots of the factories and personnel.
  • Reminiscences from relatives of the founders, former directors and employees.
Here are just 23 out of the 300 pages from the book to give you an insight on the marvelous work from Stephen Hull documenting the detailed history of Conway Stewart.


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#2 MalcolmH

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 19:42

I already have this, and all I can say is, it is a GREAT book. Get a copy.

#3 Mary Burke

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 00:46

I already have this, and all I can say is, it is a GREAT book. Get a copy.


Thanks Malcolm.

Stephen Hull has been collecting vintage pens for many years and I like the fact that he covers the issue about the quantity of the Floral 22, details many Casein and Celluloid pens that I was not aware off and also the many images of vintage pens. I wish the materials could be reproduced as they are absolutely stunning!

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 19:13

I already have this, and all I can say is, it is a GREAT book. Get a copy.


Thanks Malcolm.

Stephen Hull has been collecting vintage pens for many years and I like the fact that he covers the issue about the quantity of the Floral 22, details many Casein and Celluloid pens that I was not aware off and also the many images of vintage pens. I wish the materials could be reproduced as they are absolutely stunning!

Kind regards,

Mary Burke


There's obviously been A LOT of research put into this book, in fact, I'd be surprised if Mr. Hull had any kind of life, while he was putting it together.

Bringing together the history, all the adverts from trade journals, the patents, and of course examples of all those wonderful pens, must have been a labour of love / herculean task...certainly an astonishing acheivement.

I know what you mean about the materials being stunning, Mary, they really are.

For a fan of vintage CS, it's a real eye-opener...for a fan of fountain pens in general, a remarkable read.

Edited by mallymal1, 26 June 2011 - 19:13.


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Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:19

Steven Hull came over yesterday and treated me to lunch at a local fish restaurant, [it was my 60th birthday recently!]
This really is the definitive book on the history of Conway Stewart, his research is extremely good, and has already been said, it has taken him a long time to gather together the facts. It really is a 'must have' book for the serious Conway Stewart collector.
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#6 MalcolmH

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 13:52

Steven Hull came over yesterday and treated me to lunch at a local fish restaurant, [it was my 60th birthday recently!]
This really is the definitive book on the history of Conway Stewart, his research is extremely good, and has already been said, it has taken him a long time to gather together the facts. It really is a 'must have' book for the serious Conway Stewart collector.
Truffle Finder. [AKA Henry Simpole!]


Happy birthday, Henry. :thumbup:

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 15:11

Steven Hull came over yesterday and treated me to lunch at a local fish restaurant, [it was my 60th birthday recently!]
This really is the definitive book on the history of Conway Stewart, his research is extremely good, and has already been said, it has taken him a long time to gather together the facts. It really is a 'must have' book for the serious Conway Stewart collector.
Truffle Finder. [AKA Henry Simpole!]


Happy Birthday Sir. Always good to see another person pass from childhood to maturity.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:24

I don't know about the 'maturity bit, but I have passed the 60 mark!!!
Truffle finder. :drool: :thumbup:
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:14

Happy birthday, Henry! I'm just a year behind you.

Where can I buy the Conway Stewart book? It's not on Amazon right now.

George Kovalenko.

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:21

Happy birthday, Henry! I'm just a year behind you.

Where can I buy the Conway Stewart book? It's not on Amazon right now.

George Kovalenko.

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Ditto - I *so* need this book... :ninja: :ninja: :ninja:

(Oh, Happy Birthday, Henry! :clap1: )
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 06:48

Happy birthday, Henry! I'm just a year behind you.

Where can I buy the Conway Stewart book? It's not on Amazon right now.

George Kovalenko.

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Happy birthday, Henry! I'm just a year behind you.

Where can I buy the Conway Stewart book? It's not on Amazon right now.

George Kovalenko.

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Ditto - I *so* need this book... :ninja: :ninja: :ninja:

(Oh, Happy Birthday, Henry! :clap1: )



Hi guys...

I've just done a quick search, and Fountain Pens for the Million is available through Conway Stewart's web site...and also online, from Andy's Pens, Writetime, and The Writing Desk.

All of these are UK based...I didn't find anything for the U.S. or Canada.

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 11:10

As one who recently had his 71st birthday, let me say a hearty Happy Birthday to Henry!

Foutain Pens for the Millions is all Malcolm says it is--I have a number of CS pens although I wouldn't call myself a collector of them. I have the book and found it fascinating in its thoroughness, and very helpful in the numerous photos. If your interested at all in CS pens, this book is a must, but it's also valuable as social history.

Don't know if Sam at Pendemonium here in the USA still has the book or not, but earlier I know it was available from her.

#13 Mary Burke

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 20:28

Happy birthday, Henry! I'm just a year behind you.

Where can I buy the Conway Stewart book? It's not on Amazon right now.

George Kovalenko.

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Happy birthday, Henry! I'm just a year behind you.

Where can I buy the Conway Stewart book? It's not on Amazon right now.

George Kovalenko.

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Ditto - I *so* need this book... :ninja: :ninja: :ninja:

(Oh, Happy Birthday, Henry! :clap1: )



Hi guys...

I've just done a quick search, and Fountain Pens for the Million is available through Conway Stewart's web site...and also online, from Andy's Pens, Writetime, and The Writing Desk.

All of these are UK based...I didn't find anything for the U.S. or Canada.

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Hi There,

Conway Stewart has stock of this book in two locations: UK and Seattle, Washington.

I am based in Washington State and can easily shipping to Canada and throughout the US.

Kind regards,

Mary Burke

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:34

Thanks to everyone who responded to my request, both within this forum and backchannel.

George Kovalenko.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 22:32

This looks really interesting. I just dug out my old FP (a parker a couple of weeks ago). After posting on the Parker board here, I obtained a replacement converter and the pen is working. I happened to mention this to my dad and he goes and tells me that his mom (my grandma) used to work at Conway Stewart at their Mile End factory! I had never heard of them and came back to the FPN to see what I could find out - and lo and behold there is a whole forum and this book is available (my grandma died in 1976).

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 19:30

SWMBO and I have just returned from a trip to London, England where we stumbled across Penfriend in the Burlington Arcade. Much to my delight they had a copy of Stephen Hull's book for sale, which I eagerly snapped up. Unfortunately though I haven't been able to peruse it as it's SWMBO's Xmas gift to me and it is securely wrapped in cellophane...can't even sneak a peek at it. In addition to many pen books, Penfriend had a nice collection of vintage pens for sale as well as modern ones.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 21:08

Funny, it was because my SWMBO stopped in that delightful store that I now have a Conway Stewart addiction. She bought me a beautiful Wellington there last summer starting me down the path of FPN addiction.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 02:51

Very interesting book. What is the North American price?

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 03:03

Very interesting book. What is the North American price?


I've not seen it here, but Mary Burke quoted me US$40 postage plus, I think, US$110 for the book. I paid GBP65 for mine, including 20% VAT a (small) portion of which I got back. You might be able to order a copy from Dr E.M. Rose in Cheddar, UK for GBP 65 plus GBP 10 postage at http://www.writetime.co.uk/
click on the Conway Stewart tab.
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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:17

Thanks a million

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