A Conway Stewart 759 Set in Plum With Black Lines

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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.

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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.
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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!

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6 Responses to A Conway Stewart 759 Set in Plum With Black Lines

  1. Rui says:

    What a beautiful Conway Stewart set. Deb, congratulations on this great find.

    Any CS collector would be very happy to have a set like this in the collection.

    Kind regards,

    Rui

    • Much as I like the later cigar shaped pens, I’m most fond of the older, straight sided (or actually slightly tapered) pens. That shape combined with this pattern in casein makes for a very elegant pen, to my mind.

  2. Malcolm says:

    It is indeed a beautiful set.

    Just to confirm…the 759 is narrower (by 1-2 mm) than the 286, and because of this, the clip screw is more pointed. The 286 has the bigger No 5 nib, compared to the No 2 found on the 759.

    Well remembered, Deb.

  3. Chris Gasken says:

    What’s the age of the 759 set?

    I’ve just been very luck with my first vintage CS pen [set]. I managed to get a green set, in lovely condition from a house clearance sale. Curious for more information about it now.

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