So after a bit of a haggle I walked away with the pen for £13 which was nice.
The Conway Stewart No476 also labeled 'The Universal Pen' is a mid range pen I believe from the mid-late thirties. The styling is pretty conservative owing more to the flat tops of the twenties with a bit of streamlining as an update. It is however pleasing to the eye. Another old fashioned feature is the washer clip with a ball end, a style of clip used perhaps as much as twenty years earlier on pens such as Parkers.
The stand out feature is the plastic. I don't know if it is celluloid or casein as Conway Stewart used both during this period. I have been told (by Deb - red52ripple - see next post) that the pattern that I thought was marbled slate-grey/blue is actually an unlisted pattern a sort of light blue/tan/black marble. Whatever it is called or made of it is a very pretty pattern. A poster is another thread likened the pattern to a piece of cloud flowing, you could also say that it resembles a fast flowing stream.
The pen is in excellent condition, no scratches on the plastic and no brassing as can be seen. I don't think that it can have seen much use. The pen is light in weight and 130mm long. The lightness of the plastic makes it comfortable to use posted.
The Conway Stewart no 476 is an uncomplicated pen. It has a lever fill with decent capacity and easy to service. The feed is of a basic design without lateral collector finning but it has a high delivery capacity. The nib is a No1 14ct gold nib which has a degree of flex, it is also a wet writer and a bit scratchy (as most vintage CS pens that I have tried seem to be).
So overall a lovely pen with a gorgeous plastic pattern and a so-so nib. The nib could be improved by someone more expert than my self I am sure so it isn't really an issue. I don't know what the market rate is for these pens or how common/uncommon the pattern is but for the £13 that I paid, the pen is a good deal.
An overall score of 7/10, higher with the nib sorted.
Edited by Malcy, 21 January 2012 - 17:06.