As mentioned in the page outlining the maker’s history, Conway-Stewart is one of the many pen-makers to undergo a very slow dissolution in the third quarter of the 20th century. As a company struggled to carry on, an effort to cling to broad acceptance frequently appeared, and this appears to be one of Conway-Stewart’s efforts in that direction (another splendid example being Eversharp’s Ten Thousand Word).
The person from whom I got my examples of this pen thought it meant to compete with the Parker 45, while my initial impression was of a Parker 17. However, with a little research I find that it predates both of those pens. It thus seems to have been one of the legion of pattern-followers bobbing along in the wake of the Parker “51″, and one that was evidently having some trouble remaining buoyant.
This is not as flashy a pen as some Conway-Stewart produced, and the point follows that of the “51″ in being extremely firm, but it’s a pleasant enough pen. The weaknesses lie in two places. First is the filler, a “pressac”, which has the general external attributes of the Parker Aerometric but lacks a breather tube, preventing a complete fill. The cap retention is the other big problem, as it is not all one might hope.
Production Run: 1959 – 1968
Size: With plastic cap 13.4 cm long capped, 14.5 cm posted, 11.9 cm uncapped. With metal cap 13.0 cm long capped, 13.4 cm posted, 11.9 cm uncapped.
Point: I think gold, but have not dug one open to check.
Body: Plastic, likely polystryene.
Filler: Press bar of a very simple sort, capacity approx. 0.5ml
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