The Conway Stewart 475 Forest Green and Other Stories

Sometimes there’s a tantalising serendipity in our lives. It’s almost as if the universe was about to uncover all its secrets for our satisfaction, but actually it’s just the meaningless hand of coincidence at work. Last week I showed you the seldom seen chocolate brown Conway Stewart 475 and that very day I was able to secure an equally uncommon forest green example.


Are these Conway Stewart’s only full-size self-coloured pens from the pre-war period? I don’t mean black or red hard rubber, I mean coloured celluloid. Answers on a postcard to… well, no, answers here if you have them. I’d really like to know.

On a different subject I received this illuminating missive from eBay this morning:

Thank you for writing to eBay Customer Support regarding international visibility of your items.

Deborah, I appreciate your patience and apologise for delay in resolving your issue. As of now you have not listed any item in your account. Meanwhile you can keep listing on your UK site. I am again esclating this concern to an appropriate department and the higher authority. I will rech back to you as soon as I get reply from them.

I trust this information is useful. Please write back to us if you have any concern.
Kind regards,


I can’t begin to tell you how far this drivel is from addressing the problem. It’s enough to make you rech – or is that retch? I don’t know how many times they’ve “esclated” this to a higher authority, which said authority doesn’t give a damn.

Yeah, sure. I might just list a pen or two when I’m assured the problem is solved and I can see the evidence myself, but not before then and maybe not even then.

It’s too little, too late. I’ve had enough. I engaged the services of a company to write me an e-commerce site yesterday, so you can look out for Goodwriters’ pen sales in a few weeks. I note that there are many companies who invite you to put together your own site for rather less money, but I know what my design sense is like. I couldn’t build a dog kennel, never mind a successful online store. To be sure, it’s an investment, but it works out at about three months eBay fees or a bit less. I think it will be worth it in the long run. At least this way I get to run my own show, and I’m not at the mercy of an uncaring international monopoly.

6 thoughts on “The Conway Stewart 475 Forest Green and Other Stories

  1. Thanks for the search function, I think it’ll be very helpful as time goes by. I’m also happy to hear you’ll be selling soon. I bid on a number of your eBay offerings, but because of the time difference and a fixed schedule I was never able to check in at the end of an auction and I don’t think I ever won.

    1. Hi Matt,
      Sorry you were never able to get any of my pens. I don’t know how long it will take to get the sales site running – we’re just at the very beginning. I’m hoping a month will do it.

      1. Didn’t mean to sound as if I were whining. I’ll have one of those beautiful Swans on my desk at some point. I’ll use it, too.

  2. Dear Deb,

    I was fortunate enough to buy one of your pens before you stopped selling on ebay. When your shop is open I hope to buy more if you will accept payment other than Paypal. Here is a copy of the letter I am sending to sellers prior to bidding.


    I am interested in bidding on but I need to know if you will accept payment other than Paypal. After 8 years and ten thousand dollars spent, Paypal has decided I need to prove who I am to them and the only way to do that apparently is to surrender my bank account information to them or sign up for a credit card with them at an exorbitant interest rate.

    I refuse to do either.

    I hope you can offer an alternative payment form or I can offer certified bank checks, postal money orders, personal checks or credit card with American Express. You can check my purchase and payment history on ebay under ‘gnass03’.

    Thank you,

    Hope to visit your new site soon.


    1. Hi George,
      Sorry to hear you’re having trouble with PayPal. When my site is complete there will be other payment methods apart from PayPal. Good to hear from you again.


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