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Conway Stewart & Co. Ltd
Collector's Club Newsletter
July-August, 2010
In This Issue
Meet a member of our Team!
Henry Charles Simpole
Hilda's History
Washington DC Pen Show
Recommend a Friend!
Polymath Crosswords
Fountain Pens for the Millions
Pen World Subscription Offer
On-line Registration
Collectors Club Pen 2010
Dectection Collection
Retail in Detail -- UK
Retail in Detail
Andy's Pens '37' Review
A visit to the factory
Wordsworth Blue Ripple
Coronet Review
Monthly Special Offers
Meet a member
of our Team!

Linda Archer
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I started working at Conway Stewart in 2004 as a pen maker. Back in those days our production was focused primarily on resin pen models, as opposed to today with our much wider range including many pieces in precious metals.

Linda Archer


Henry Simpole
Master Pen Maker
How it all started...

Henry Charles Simpole
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"This whole story is so peculiar" says Henry, "it has all evolved really, my hobby just got bigger, and the overlay side of the business is even more extraordinary.  What stared as a nice "project" has grown into a lovely branch of the business. For as long as people appreciate my work I will continue to create new designs". 

Anecdotes from a
75 year old ex-employee of Conway Stewart

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In the second part of Hilda's anecdotes - Hilda talks about the move to Mile End.

"I think it was towards the end of 1950 that the Conway Stewart factory relocated to Mile End....
Washington DC Pen Show
August 2010
Washington DC Pen Show Event

Pen Shows are great fun. It gives the opportunity for you to view all our Conway Stewart editions and to test-write our models in the full range of nib grades from Extra Fine to Extra Broad, Italic Fine, Italic Medium and Italic Broad.

At every pen show there are plenty of pen shops and dealers carrying our Conway Stewart writing instruments. We are sure you will not be disappointed!

Event Info 2010:
August  12 - 13 (Pre-show)
Sat 14 - Sun 15 (Public)
Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner.
9 AM - 5 PM
$7 admission

Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike.
Vienna, Virginia 22182, US
Reservations: 1.800.325.3535 or (USA) 1.703.448.1234

If you have a special request concerning a Conway Stewart writing instrument please contact Mary Burke by e-mail: or Tel: (USA) 1.425.432.0816

Washington DC Pen Show
organizer: Bob Johnson:

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Recommend a Friend!
Enter to win the Wordsworth
Classic Green L.E.

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Polymath Crosswords
Financial Times
Look out for the Polymath Crosswords featured in the Financial Times.

Polymath winners receive a handmade Conway Stewart pen worth GBP 200!
The History of Conway Stewart: 1905-2005
By Stephen Hull
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Soon available in a choice of hardback or specially packaged and signed limited edition, 'Fountain Pens for the Million' is a must for any vintage Conway Stewart enthusiast.

Consisting of 300 pages, this book is packed full with hundreds of full-colour images of pens, pencils, box sets, ink pencils, adverts, leaflets as well as shots of the factories, personnel and some personal reminiscences of former Conway Stewart employees.

Look out for additional details of this new reference works in our next newsletter!
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July 2010 and the less said about England's performance at the world cup the better but congratulations to the eventual winners Spain and to South Africa for hosting a superb tournament.
Moving swiftly on and within the Conway Stewart factory this month there has been some real developments in new products which we are all excited to share with you. As you can see below we have the Detection Collection soon to launch but also following the success of the Wordsworth Blue Ripple, there is a new Collectors Club special edition which we hope proves to be just as popular.
But its not all work and no play - this month has seen the launch of the Conway Stewart table tennis league which was kindly opened by our ex-employee Hilda, who had the honour of playing the first official game - which saw her roll back the years to beat Louis, two games to one.

And finally to those on their holidays - everyone here at Conway Stewart wishes you a pleasant and relaxing summer holiday!
Conway Stewart Table Tennis Team!

Collectors Club Pen 2010
Wordsworth Cardinal Ripple Ebonite

Wordsworth Collectors Club Cardinal Ripple
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In response to requests from members of the Collectors Club, Conway Stewart is pleased to announce the launch of the limited edition Wordsworth Collectors Club Cardinal Ripple.

Available exclusively to members of our Collectors Club, Conway Stewart is now making the Wordsworth model in a classic Cardinal Ripple Ebonite. The elegant light red shades of this material highlight both cap and barrel, set off with deep black grain structure throughout. Bringing the look of richly grained wood mixed with the warm red colours of all natural ebonite.

Ripple Ebonite is a natural choice for a fine writing instrument that is at once deeply rooted in the classic history of Conway Stewart, while still providing an appealing alternative to today's high tech world of e-mail and smart phones.

Only 100 pieces will be made and orders will be fulfilled on a first come first served basis. This colour will not be repeated on this model thereafter and will not be available as a bespoke pen.


Detection Collection
 1st Author within the collection revealed

Detection Collection Edition
Conway Stewart Dectection Collection


Conway Stewart is delighted to announce that Michael Jecks will be the 1st author within the Detection Collections series.


Michael Jecks is the author of the Templar Series, the best-selling medieval crime stories starring Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock set in the turbulent 1300s. Making use of Dartmoor legends, the politics of the period, and actual murders from the Coroner's Rolls, his books have gripped readers all over the world.


A past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association, Michael is also the UK representative of the International Thriller Writers, and founder of Medieval Murderers, a group of writers who regularly perform on stage and who collaborate on their own novels. He is a regular speaker at libraries, schools and literary events, reviewer of crime fiction, and judge on literary prizes.


Author: Michael Jecks
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Michael lives in Devon close to the Conway Stewart factory where his favourite pens are designed and manufactured.


Vedad Obradovic, Marketing Manager of Conway Stewart added; 'It has been a real pleasure working closely with Michael over the last few months -  there is a real excitement around this collection and having had the pleasure of reading the short story - I believe his fans will not be disappointed'.


The Michael Jecks pen will be launched in the coming weeks and Conway Stewart Collectors Club members will be the first to be informed.

Retail in Detail -- The Writing Desk
Suffolk, England

Martin Roberts
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The Writing Desk was founded by Anna and Martin Roberts in 2000. Anna is a Solicitor who left full-time employment in 2000 when her daughter was born and Martin is a Chartered Engineer who initially worked part-time for the business but became a full-time partner in 2007.
Retail in Detail -- Total Fine Writing
Georgia, USA

Total Fine Writing
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Total Fine Writing is a division of Total Office Products Service, which is an office supply store in Smyrna GA, in the Suburbs of Atlanta.

Total Office Products Service was started in 1976 by brothers Earl and James Dolive. Over the years TOPS grew into four locations, three in the Atlanta area, and one in Augusta GA, the city famous for the Masters Golf Tournament.  
Andy's Pens '37' Exclusive
Review by Bill Riepl

Andy's Pens '37' Exclusive

Journalist, pen enthusiast and commercial photographer
Bill Riepl, reviews  the Andy's Pens Exclusive: Conway Stewart '37'

This unique new offering from Andy's Pens and Conway Stewart is a wonderful choice for those drawn to the back to basics classic elegance of the earliest days of the fountain pen.

A visit to the Conway Stewart factory
Richard Littlestone and Chris Care

Rich Littlestone and Rik Knablein, owners of MetalWrite, have been collaborating for about a year with Conway Stewart in the way of a solid metal (silver and Damascus steel) pen that is co-branded. During this time Rich has been so impressed with the company, its people, especially Mary Burke, and the impressive quality of their pens that he just had to make an attempt to see where it is all done. Through some e-mails over several months and one unsuccessful trip attempt in December Rich and Laurel, punched the button for their trip...

Collectors Club Pen 2010
Wordsworth Blue Ripple Ebonite

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Available exclusively to members of our Collectors Club, Conway Stewart is making the Wordsworth model in the striking Blue Ripple Ebonite. Only 100 pieces will be made and orders will be fulfilled on a first come first served basis. This colour will not be repeated on this model thereafter and will not be available as a bespoke pen.

Coronet Series
Review by Doug Vicary

Conway Stewart Coronet

Seasoned pen collector and aficionado, Doug Vicary, reviews the Coronet series.

It's no secret that I've been a huge fan of the modern Conway Stewart pens...

I was having a hard time finding a point of reference for the new Conway Stewart Coronet. But fortuitously enough, while I was playing around with the Coronet I received the June issue of the Conway Stewart newsletter. Featured was a brief piece about the Book of Numbers, an online compilation of Conways over the years.
Monthly Special Offers!

In addition to the many benefits of being a member of the Collectors Club, you will also have the opportunity to purchase pens featured in our Monthly Specials.

Availability is on
a first come, first served basis and in many cases we may only have one or two of each pen featured at the special prices.

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Available only to members of the Conway Stewart Collectors Club.
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