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#1 jaredvdm


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 13:16

Hi Guys,


I recently bought 3 pens from an antique dealership in the "middle of nowhere", South Africa.


  • The one is a Conway Stewart 85 in red/pink marble. Bladder is ruined. All else in good nic.
  • The second being and De La Rue Onoto 3050 (I think. Can't read it properly) black with an etched draping-like pattern.
  • The third is a Canadian Waterman lever filled. Bladder also ruined.


Could anyone help me with info or a link to some experts?


Much appreciated.



Edited by jaredvdm, 18 August 2015 - 11:06.

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#2 fountainpagan


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 13:44

Hi Jered, very nice findings.


Maybe you should clarify your needs. An expet for what, quantify the worth of the pens, or an expert to clean them, replace the bladers and give usage to your pens?





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#3 jaredvdm


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 15:36

Hi fountainpagan,


I'm looking for worth as well as some info or guides in maintenance and repair.


Hope that clarifies things.

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 08:49

Sac replacement is straightforward, though there can be pitfalls for the unwary.  Repairing an Onoto is rather more tricky.


If you plan to do these jobs yourself you will have to purchase tools.


I have had several 3050s; a nice one restored might be worth up to £90 on ebay depending on who is bidding.  I know very little about Conway Stewarts, but I don't think that the 85 is one of the sought-after models. 


Which model is the Waterman's?  Its value could be considerable if it has a flexible nib.


Here are two useful links to start you off.






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#5 benbot517


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 20:11

Learning how to replace a sac is one of the easiest repairs to do (if not THE easiest), and it is a skill that comes in handy when restoring so many pens. Totally worth learning. It's always fun writing with a pen you fixed yourself!  :)

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#6 jaredvdm


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 14:30

Here's the pics. https://www.flickr.c...3366@N07/19sJ0p


Having trouble with the uploader.

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