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Need Help Id'ing This Mystery Conway Stewart ....


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#1 Maja

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 02:45

Hi everyone!

A longtime member of our local pen club sent me a photo of his Conway Stewart fountain pen and asked me for my assistance in ID'ing it, so I thought I'd post my query here on FPN in the hopes that someone might be able to help my friend. I checked the wonderful "Conway Stewart Book of Numbers" (http://conwaystewart...book/cslist.htm) first, but not every model description has an accompanying photo (and I don't mean to complain about that at all as the site is AMAZING).

 

Here's his description of the mystery fountain pen:

"The only imprinting on the barrel is ‘Made in England’. The clip also is devoid of anything but the Conway Stewart logo. Plus the clip is lacking the typical Conway Stewart triangle end (and just straight to the bottom). The nib is marked Conway Stewart 14Ct and is quite a good little point with responsible flex for its small size. The clip is over the top at the attaching end, with a round flat chrome rivet. As you will see, the cap also sports a very thin GF cap band. As for the size of my mystery point, it measures all of 6 inches posted but caps back to an even 5. The clip is extremely long, measuring a good 1 ¾ inches. The pen is finished a jet black plastic and seems to be in remarkably good condition now that I have serviced it. As for dating I would hazard a guess at somewhere in the 1950s or at the latest early 60s. "

 

..and here's my friend's photo of it: Thanks in advance! :)

 

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 14:16

Interesting pen and I can't put a number to it.  Not fifties.  It has a superficial resemblance to the 103 and one of the 570s has the same style of clip, so mid-sixties, I would say.


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Posted 10 November 2019 - 23:03

It looks like a 240 mated to a later cap to me



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 02:28

eachan & peterg, thank you so much for your quick replies---I'll pass them along to my friend.

 

If anyone else has some ideas re: the model #, please feel free to chime in :)


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 13:45

It looks like a 240 mated to a later cap to me

That does look quite likely.


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Posted 11 November 2019 - 20:08

It looks like a Wyvern Prefect  to me



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Posted 12 November 2019 - 08:36

It looks like a Wyvern Prefect  to me

Oh wow, it sure does :blush:

I'll let my friend know.....

Many thanks, Wardok!

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 10:46

It looks like a Wyvern Prefect  to me

Need to have a close look at the symbol on the clip. I saw a Wyvern being sold as a Swan in Austria.



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 07:44

Need to have a close look at the symbol on the clip. I saw a Wyvern being sold as a Swan in Austria.

Hi peterg,

 

Thanks for the info and follow-up. My friend initially thought it was the Conway Stewart symbol on the clip of his mystery fountain pen (because the nib was a Conway Stewart nib)..... but when I told him it could be a Wyvern Prefect, he took a second look at it and said that the clip imprint was indeed the Wyvern symbol.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 22:07

Final update!

My friend wrote back to me and said "This morning I found illustrated reference to it exactly as the ‘Pixie model from Wyvern’s 1949 pen model parade. Reference to be exact - Page 148/9 in Andreas Lambrou’s Fountain Pens of the World publication."

 

So. Mystery solved!

Thanks to all who chipped in with their thoughts/ideas :thumbup:


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