I picked this pen up this week.

I wasn’t sure what it was, other than that it was a very old Conway Stewart. The faint imprint helped a little and further investigation showed it to be a 206. I can’t find a start-date for its manufacture but it was on sale for Christmas 1928 priced at 10/6d without a clip and 11/6d with a rolled gold clip. This one was evidently bought without a clip and an accommodation clip was later fitted. Here it is posted:

That’s a strange nib! What is that thing?

Closer examination reveals it to be a Macniven & Cameron Waverley nib, with a strange device fitted over it. These things are sometimes referred to as over-feeds, but they don’t actually carry any ink supply. Rather, they prevent the ink in the nib and external part of the feed from drying out. They were not uncommon for a time; Mabie Todd also had a version.

The nib shouldn’t be in this pen, of course. It’s probably at least ten years older than the Conway Stewart, and was most likely fitted in an eyedropper filler. Looks like the first owner of this 206 damaged the nib and replaced it with the nib from his old pen.

I have yet to go to work on this pen, but I think I have a nib of the right date for it and maybe, some day, I’ll pick up a Waverley eyedropper that needs a nib. Wonderful thing to have, anyway.

Dismantling a Stephens Leverfill 76 today, I came upon an unorthodox repair! A strip of Elastoplast (If you’re American, think Band-Aid) had been used to attach a sac. It didn’t work, as was shown by the amount of ink that had permeated the Elastoplast and had coated the inside of the barrel. The nib was flattened, doubtless as a result of the pen being hurled at the wall in frustration! Some times I think, “I’ve seen it all now!” But no. I haven’t. Even more bizarre repairs will appear!

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