Conway Stewart 388  

early 1950s
About This Model

Conway Stewart was a major manufacturer of good to great fountain pens in England for a hundred years, from 1905-2005. During the pre-WWII years they sold far more pens than any other brand in England; one major author believes more than all the other companies’ output combined. They were very well-made, good-looking, and great writers with soft, wet, and often flexible nibs. It is interesting that they produced a bewildering quantity of models and colors, including some bright floral patterns in casein during the pre-WWII shortage years.

About This Pen

Conway Stewart was a major manufacturer of good to great fountain pens in England for a hundred years, from 1905-2005. The CS 388 was a highly successful model from 1938-55, spanning the company’s best years and the entire pre-war, wartime, and postwar periods. This example, freshly restored from my personal collection, is from the postwar era, in very attractive marbled burgundy celluloid with black celluloid cap peak and three cap rings. It is 12.5cm long capped. This pen is in excellent used condition — although there are the microscratches of use, there are no significant marks or blemishes, the gold diamond shaped clip and cap bands are bright and shiny, and the overall appearance is fresh and pretty. The imprint is complete. The gold nib, correct and probably original to the pen, is a wet broad oblique that is smooth with a little flex, and is imprinted CS 5N.

This pen is not for sale.