Doug Wilson of Melbourne, Australia contacted me to see if any of you could help with identifying these mystery Conway Stewart nibs.
He says, “The set of nibs is said to have belonged to a late salesman employed by Conway Stewart. The outside of the nib box has no ID. The Conway Stewart logo inside the lid is the main clue that the box originates from the latter half of the 1930s. The fact that most of the nibs have heart-shaped breather holes (as opposed to the round ones that were introduced in the late 40s and 50s) supports this dating.
Most of the nibs are straight and either fine or medium but a couple are broad, two are oblique and one is “turned up” at the tip for particularly smooth writing. On the bottom row there are some really large, rare items – look at No. 26 on the bottom right, for example. There is information in the public domain which enables one to assign most of the nib numbers to specific pen models but there are others where, intriguingly, I have not been able to do this. The mystery numbers are:
Top row: Nib No. 2V
Centre row: Nib nos. ISM, 15, 11 and 1M
Bottom row: Nib nos. 27 and 8A
If any readers can throw light on these, it would be greatly appreciated. After years of collecting Conway Stewart pen and pencil sets, it is only recently that I have begun to understand the depth of information that can be imparted by nibs. It is like a dialect within the overall pen language!”