The 759 is a wartime pen. It’s a step down in price from the ever-popular 286. They are the same length but it might be that the 759 is a little narrower – believe it or not, for once I don’t have a 286 to hand to make the comparison. I think the 286 nib is bigger and the cap has a less pointed top to the clip screw. Also, whereas the later 286s had a diamond shield on the lever, the 759 has a round one. The major difference between the two pens, however, is that whereas the 286 is a celluloid pen, the 759 is made from casein, which is shown in the glowing colours with a depth to them, like looking into a placid stream.
In this set the 759 is paired with the “Nippy” pencil, which is correct. They make a handsome pair in their “plum with black lines” livery with gold plated trim. The box is a little discoloured and shows signs of age but the pink leaf pattern can be clearly seen.
As the years go by it becomes ever more difficult to find Conway Stewart boxed sets in really good condition. This one is very good indeed, and I think I struck it lucky!