Rare antique fishing tackle goes under the hammer

AN auction of some of the rarest antique fishing tackle in the world goes under the hammer later this month.

The Sale Of The Century Of Collector’s Fishing Tackle auction takes place in London on March 26th. The auction includes extremly rare items of vintage and antique tackle and books collected from over 30 countries, of which some items are extremely valuable. For example a Haskell minnow lure made c1859 previously sold for $101,000 and a pair of Hardy White Wickham sea reels made in the 1930s fetched £48,000 sterling.

The items of tackle in this auction are said to be even more desirable as the premier lot was made by pioneer London maker Onesimus Ustonson who invented the multiplier (overhead) reel. Ustonson’s Original Multiplying Brass Winch, described as ‘The Holy
Grail’ of collector’s reels made c 1762 (pictured top right) will go under the hammer.

Also up for auction are some of the finest rods made including items dates from 1825 to 1856 and stamped ‘Earl Spencer’ – previously the property of the 4th and 5th Earl
Spencer – the late Princess Diana’s ancestors. One example by premier London maker George Eaton dates back to circa 1825 and comprises nine pieces including three butts to make up a rod 26 feet in length. There are more rods including an 8-piece 20 feet salmon rod also both engraved with the maker and Earl

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A display of artificial lures (48) in a glazed fronted case is expected to make a new
record since Christie’s sold it in 1999 for £29,900.

These are among almost five hundred lots representing the finest aspect of fishing tackle used over the centuries.

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A rare read – Lot 22 – Ronald’s Fly Fisher’s Entomology 11th Edition

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