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In this issue you will read about:
- Farewell to our friend Henry Simpole
- The 3rd pen in the Churchill Heritage Range – ACTION THIS DAY
- The Turing-Welchman Pen and the link to Winston Churchill
- The Series 58 Lever Fill Indiana Jones Replica pen
- NEW single pen case in Brown leather
- NEW CS 18ct Gold Nibs
- YouTube reviews by Michael Jecks – the English author of over 40 novels
Welcome to the 22nd edition of Manuscript - the newsletter of Conway Stewart and Bespoke British Pens
1951 - 2020
It was with much sorrow that I learnt that my friend and talented pen maker Henry Simpole had passed away on 12th June 2020 from natural causes. I had the pleasure to work with him over many years, and developed with him several beautiful silver overlay pens. I can honestly say he was a real gentleman. Conway Stewart and Henry had a special relationship, and the 2005 Conway Stewart Centenary Pen and the subsequent giant Great Exhibition Pen in 2006 were not only highly regarded but both pens had designs that carried the C & S initials subliminally incorporated into the design of the overlay, something that many owners today still haven't been made aware of! His legacy lives on in the pens he made that are instantly recognisable as his art, see more here.
The last few months have been the strangest of times as the whole world closed down, air travel ceased, and the daily news is dominated by the awful global virus COVID-19. On the 23rd March the whole of the UK was put into lockdown with all pubs, museums, theatres and restaurants closed, and many shops and factories also shut. However, we were lucky as our workshop in Emsworth, Hampshire could be run by husband and wife team, Peter and Liz. Our silversmith, Andy, and our engraver Mike both have home workshops, and my son and I could also operate from home computers. Also I must thank the delivery companies who continued to collect and deliver our pens world-wide. So we have managed to carry on working throughout this period, even managing to launch some new pens and accessories! We have also spent this time improving the new www.ConwayStewart.com website to offer you more options and even better service.
If you enjoy reading the 'Manuscript', please forward a copy to your friends and colleagues. My son Ed also asks you to help spread the word by following us on our social media – you will find all the links at the bottom of this email.
Wishing you health, happiness and a great July/August/September
P.S. If you have any suggestions to help improve our service or products please get in touch
The Launch of the Churchill Heritage “ACTION THIS DAY”
Famously Churchill stamped red “ACTION THIS DAY” labels on thousands of official documents during WW2, urging the recipients to act with speed and efficiency.
One well documented occasion was in October 1941, Churchill received a letter from under-resourced code breakers Alan Turning, Gordon Welchman, Hugh Alexander and Sturt Milner-Barry at Bletchley Park asking him for help. Churchill forwarded the missive to his chief military advisor General Ismay, attaching a note with the words “ACTION THIS DAY. Make sure they have all they want on extreme priority and report this has been done.”
Within one month, Stewart Menzies, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, reported the needs of Bletchley Park were being met. The rest is history!
The Turing-Welchman Pen
Each Turing-Welchman pen has a solid silver disc in the top of the cap that rotates representing the drums on the Bombe, and there is a hidden compartment to keep your secret messages in!
The Series 58 Indiana Jones Replica Lever Fill
In the iconic scene inside a Panzer tank , Connery’s character Henry Jones Sr., uses the lever-fill mechanism to squirt ink into the eye of a Nazi tank operator, to save his friend’s life, and that of his son’s, Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford. The scene finishes with Dr Marcus Brody’s humorous comment (played by Denholm Elliott) “Henry, The Pen. Don’t you see? The pen is mightier than the sword!” Take me to the product page...
New colours for our single pen cases
Air Force Blue, Tan, Burgundy, Brown and Black all edge with hall-marked Sterling Silver. Take me to the product page...
NEW Conway Stewart 18ct Gold Nibs
In addition to our FLAG 18ct Gold nibs, we are offering these NEW Conway Stewart 18ct Gold nibs on a limited range of Conway Stewart pens including the Winston and some Churchills.
If you wish to have a Conway Stewart nib on your chosen pen please leave a comment in the Special Instructions at checkout