Conway Stewart 388

The Conway Stewart brand, which according to Lambrou derived its name from two British music-hall comedians, graced many hardworking middle class pens of the inter-war years. This model 388 sold for 22 shillings back in 1950 when it was new; it is black celluloid with a vulcanite end cap (other 388s came in more exciting marbled colors). This pen, which I bought via a "cyberauction" on the Zoss pens mailing list, is a remarkable writer with a small stub point, probably the best in my collection (as of now, anyway).

 

This is the kind of pen that always intrigues me; rather nondescript in appearance, but very well made ("inexpensive, not cheap" in the words of the C-S publicists), a pen that can write curlicues around any number of modern products selling at many times the price.

It is probably fortunate that Conway Stewart ceased operations in the early 70s; given Montblanc's carping about the three-ring cap band motif on the Omas 360 being a violation of a MB trade mark, the C-S (like many other British pens of the period that used this motif) might have ended up in some EC courtroom.

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