Conway Stewart 55

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Astonishing though it may seem, it appears I have never written about the Conway Stewart 55. It’s one of Conway Stewart’s best and most popular pens in the post-war period. It closely resembles the even more popular 388 but it is larger in all its dimensions and, of course, it has the Duro nib. It’s not a huge pen by modern standards at 13.3 cm but posted it’s a very considerable 16.2 cm.
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It’s the successor to the 45 which, as a short-lived wartime pen had but a single cap-ring instead of the 55’s narrow – medium – narrow set. In other respects it’s quite similar. Unlike most post-war Conway Stewarts it isn’t cigar shaped but, like the 388, has a barrel that is straight-sided with an abrupt taper at the end.
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These pens, like all the Duro models, are quite sought after, particularly the colourful patterned ones. They are not just collector’s pieces though, as they make excellent writers, well-balanced and comfortable in the hand. In many respects, the 55 is one of the best Conway Stewarts. Most Duro nibs are firm.

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I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

2 Responses to Conway Stewart 55

  1. Paul S. says:

    as usual Deb, appears you’ve made a very good job of refurbishing and polishing this one, I’m envious – it’s a great looking piece of kit.
    The comment is made often that black doesn’t sell as well as the marbled colours etc. which you’ve suggested already, but I like black – especially when shiny – it has an executive and classy British ’50’s look – straight out of the boardroom.

    What is it that makes the 55 more desirable than usual – is it size alone – or is there some other aspect like small manufacturing numbers or short duration at factory?

    Judging by the few currently on ebay, it seems to have acquired bit of a cult status – and as you mentioned, cheap they are not. This largish nib rather like the wide spear on a Parker Senior Duofold which I picked up earlier in the week – again firm – of which I’m not a fan.

    Anyway congratulations – loverly looking pen.

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