Conway Stewart Limited Edition Coronet Eye Dropper Fountain Pen
Following the recent success of the Celebration Churchill and Celebration Wellington Limited Edition Series, Conway Stewart is pleased to announce the Celebration Coronet model, and for the first time available in a choice of two filling mechanisms — limited to 25 numbered pieces utilizing the traditional Eye Dropper filling mechanism and 100 numbered pieces with the convenient screw-in Converter Cartridge mechanism.
The Conway Stewart Limited Edition Coronet Eye Dropper Fountain Pen is created with time-honoured British craftsmanship at our factory in Devon, England. Inspired by original designs of Conway Stewart models made during the 1940s the Coronet model offers a modern approach to the evocative world of fountain pens.
The Celebration Conway Stewart Limited Edition Coronet Eye Dropper Fountain Pen is a bold, modern take on classic guilloche hard rubber pens from the 1920s. A crisp wave pattern engraving covers the full length of the cap and the barrel and in keeping with the classic vintage style of the Celebration pens there is no cap band or barrel ring to break up the smooth lines of the engraving.
A set of red, white, and blue rings is inlaid by hand into the cap top, adding a distinctive touch to this exciting new Conway Stewart Limited Edition Coronet Eye Dropper Fountain Pen.
Conway Stewart engineers have adapted the Coronet model to fill as an Eye Dropper by making the barrel as one piece to give the writer ample amount of ink storage when writing for long periods of time. An exclusively made rubber seal has also been engineered to seal the barrel to the front section to eliminate any ink leakage. A pipette accompanies the Celebration Coronet Eye Dropper along with a set of filling instructions.
Designed to marry a classic British heritage of fine writing instruments with a timeless modern shape, the Coronet adapts a traditional mode of writing to today’s paperless world.
The Celebration Coronet Converter Cartridge model is also rendered in gleaming black resin. Set off by the same engraving pattern used for the Celebration Coronet Eye Dropper which is inspired by early hard rubber pens brought to market by Conway Stewart in the 1920s, the wave pattern runs the full length of both cap and barrel, with the cap top and barrel end being left smoothly polished to accent the design. Filling is via the effortless and reliable screw-in cartridge converter system, also offering the option and ease of cartridges using the wide choice of colours available in Conway Stewart bottled ink.
Highly polished solid sterling silver bands are featured on the cap and barrel, along with the traditionally styled Conway Stewart pocket clip.
A set of red, white, and blue rings is inlaid by hand into the cap top, adding a distinctive touch to this exciting new limited edition series.
The slight taper to the cap and barrel, in conjunction with the use of elegant resin engraving design result in a fine writing instrument that is both practical and beautiful — precisely balanced to allow the solid 18 carat gold with rhodium nib to glide smoothly across the paper with effortless ease. The section is shaped to be comfortable in the hand, making writing with the Coronet a pleasure and sized to fit neatly into pocket or purse.
The finely crafted solid 18 carat gold and rhodium nib is at the heart of the CoronetConway Stewart Limited Edition Coronet Eye Dropper Fountain Pen and brings a new world of writing luxury to those who have grown accustomed to today’s impersonal communication of cell phones, websites, and email. Smoothly delivering liquid ink the Conway Stewart Limited Edition Coronet Eye Dropper Fountain Pen makes writing even the shortest of notes into a personal expression that stands out in today’s fast paced modern world.
About Conway Stewart
Jarvis and Garner had previously worked for the De La Rue Company, the leading British fountain pen manufacturer of the time. Drawing on the experience they had gained at De La Rue, the two started their own business, initially reselling fountain pens manufactured by other companies. The name “Conway Stewart” was apparently derived from a popular music hall act of the time.
The fountain pen market in Britain at that time was dominated by De La Rue and it was clear to Jarvis and Garner that only a very limited market share could be gained by reselling un-branded fountain pens. At the same time, De La Rue was embarking on a substantial marketing campaign by re-branding its products “Onoto”. Jarvis and Garner identified a market niche for attractive and reliable writing instruments at an affordable price.
The 1920s saw rapid development of the Conway Stewart product line. Pens of several different types of filling mechanisms, materials and sizes were offered for sale. The business model proved successful for Conway Stewart and its market share increased at the expense of other established manufacturers. As a result, Conway Stewart had outgrown its initial premises and in 1927 the company relocated to a larger facility which would serve as its home for the next two decades.
During the depression years, the company was able to remain profitable, helped by the public’s perception of good value products. In 1935, Conway Stewart went public, raising additional capital at the same time by offering shares. The years of World War II proved difficult for Conway Stewart and many other manufacturers; there were shortages of materials but the company managed to survive by continuing to offer good reliable pens at reasonable prices.
Emerging from post-war austerity in Britain, the 1950s proved to be golden years for Conway Stewart with the creative use of colored plastic reaching its peak. The company once again relocated to new premises but the golden age proved to be short-lived. At the same time, the ballpoint pen was being developed and while initially unreliable and more expensive than comparably finished fountain pens soon decreased rapidly in price. Conway Stewart, along with most other fountain pen manufacturers of the time, failed to anticipate the effect that this innovative product would have on fountain pen sales.
In the 1960s, fountain pen sales declined very quickly and Conway Stewart began to feel the effect of falling revenues. The company tried to compete by offering lower priced fountain pens and also introduced ball point pens to its range. The company relocated to Crumlin in Wales in 1968 taking advantage of regional development grants but its financial health continued to deteriorate. In 1975 the company was wound-up and production ceased.
The company was revived in the 1990s with headquarters in Plymouth, UK. Sales started in 1998 although some models had been produced for special occasions before that, including for the heads of state attending the 1998 G8 Summit in Birmingham. The company now manufactures for the high-end of the writing instrument market and the range is characterized by the use of precious metals, enamels, celluloid and casein plastics and the production of limited edition pens.
On 28 August 2014, the company was placed in receivership. The remaining stock, as well as the machinery and tooling, were liquidated and its offices closed. On November 11, 2014 the owner of the Wahl-eversharp Mr Caltagirone Emmanuel register the trademark Conway Stewart for the USA and there is no doubt that the revival of the brand is planned for 2015 at least for the US market.