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    FIVE PIECES OF VICTORIAN FISHING GEAR, circa 1900
    Marks to reel: MADE BY HARDY BROS LTD, ENGLAND, THE PERFECT 3 7/8"
    48 inches long (121.9 cm) (net when extended)

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JUDSON C. AND NANCY SUE BALL

    The assortment of fishing gear consisting of a rope with wood floats, a folding oak fishing net, a bamboo rod, a fish scale with a capacity of 40 pounds and a fishing reel.

    This collection of Victorian era fly fishing gear is a beautiful example of craftsmanship. The Hardy Brothers began manufacturing bamboo fishing rods in the 1880s and produced the first "Perfect" real in 1891. The generations of Hardy men who worked for the company have often been expert anglers including John James, World Champion Fly Caster, LHR, renowned fisherman, and James L Hardy who holds 25 British National records and three time World Professional Champion Casters. The Hardy Brothers were the innovators of fishing gear, being solely responsible for the most drastic advancements. The firm has been awarded ten Royal Warrants of appointments and is consider the paramount of fishing gear to this day. This collection includes a 3 7/8th "The Perfect" Hardy Brothers reel, a Hardy Brothers bamboo fishing rod, a rare Hardy Brothers combination fishing gaff and scale, a collapsible net, and wooden floats with contemporary rope. Not only will the buyer of this collection possess a decorative group, but also gain prime examples of fishing history's finest innovators.


    Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.

    Condition Report*: Each with surface wear commensurate with age and indicative of use, the canvas bag used to store the fishing rod is well worn and has a hole at the bottom.
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    June, 2015
    19th-21st Friday-Sunday
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