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Coming up at auction

The highlight this week looks to be a batch of Hardy tackle, coming up at Reeman Dansie in Colchester, Essex, UK, tomorrow (Tuesday). It includes a decent 3.75in salmon Perfect and a clean Silex Major, both with their leather cases. Other items includes a St George Multiplier (which might make a bit more than the £50-£70 estimate) and a lot listed as “Selection of Hardy Bros. fly boxes and contents, various fishing lines and plugs, line, etc” which looks very interesting. My sources tell me that a couple of the lots have some damage that is not apparent from looking at the pictures, but it certainly seems worth investigation.


Much of the other fishing stuff looks to be car boot quality, but a couple of sales may be worth a second look. At Ewbank’s winter sale in Woking, Surrey, on December 12, lot 978 offers a South Bend casting reel “with another” which is a small winch. No clues if it’s named by with a £40-£60 estimate, you shouldn’t lose. The  picture showing lot 306 in Curr and Dewar’s auction in Dundee, Scotland, tomorrow, is not clear, but there looks to be a decent brass winch included. It carries only a £15-£20 estimate and is intriguingly listed as “Landing Net, 2 Gaffs and Fishing Reels”. Definitely worthy of a detailed check.

Some quality books will be on offer over the next couple of weeks, led by a Bloomsbury Auctions offering in London on December 14. Best here is lot 311, Jonathan Couch’s 1877-78 four-volume A History of the Fishes of the British Islands, with 252 wood-engraved plates printed in colours, and tissue guards. There seem to be some collectable titles in Mealy’s Christmas rare book and literature sale in Dublin tomorrow and Wednesday. They include a two-volume limited edition of Augustus Grimble’s The Salmon Rivers of Ireland, limited to 250 copies, and a rarely seen work, the 1867 A Year of Liberty; or Salmon Angling in Ireland from February 1 to November 1 by W Peard.
In the US, Alex Cooper auctions has a lot at its sale on December 10 that includes some US classics: HP Wells’ The American Salmon Fisherman (1886); More About the Black Bass (1889) by James Henshall and two by Louis Rhead,  The Speckled Brook Trout (1902) and The Basses: Fresh-water and Marine (1905).




Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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