Conway Stewart 570
January 21, 2016 2 Comments
This is the Conway Stewart 570, a late version of the ever-popular Dinkie. It measures 11.4 cm capped. It hasn’t quite the quality of earlier Dinkies and, indeed, the barrel bears the legend “holder foreign”. I have a vague memory that these pens were made, for the most part, in Germany. The Conway Stewart nib was added and the pen assembled in Britain.
These pens are popularly called “Lumina” because of their luminescent colour and they are very beautiful. The clip is in a most un-Conway Stewart-like arrow form. The section is short and hints at a modern semi-hooded nib, though it doesn’t go quite that far. The nib is small, with quite a lot of tipping material. This example is in excellent condition and may never have been used.
The pen is contained in a very shabby box and on the underside is written “Vanessa Hodge”. I found plenty of Vanessa Hodges in a Google search, including a biodynamic craniosacral therapist, an investment consultant and a soccer player among many others but they all appear too young to have been the owner of a pen made between 1964 and 1972.
I think that if the 570s had been plain self-coloured like many of the other pens Conway Stewart made at that time they would attract very little interest now but the splendid luminescent colouring, which you see on some Continental pens, is their saving and they are quite popular today.