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Historic Auction of Modern & Vintage British Fishing Tackle

UK vehicle registration ORV1S comes under the hammer October 30th

September 28, 2004 -- October 30th sees the 30th year celebratory auction of modern and vintage fishing tackle and fishing associated items by Evans & Partridge of Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK.

Located deep in the heart of the River Test valley, a legendary English chalkstream where anglers put their names down in the hope of getting a day of casting a May Fly at huge brown and rainbow trout, Evans & Partridge operate an estate agents business selling country and village residential properties in Hampshire and adjoining counties.

In 1974 they held their first angling auction since when they have become renowned for selling the widest range of fishing associated items of any UK auction house.

Buyers are able to purchase good, useable fly and spinning rods and reels for trout, sea trout and salmon as well as invest in the highly collectable vintage tackle of yesteryear and the coming auction is no exception.

The UK vehicle registration ORV1S is expected to fetch 5000 to 6000 and will undoubtedly go to the keenest of those who fish with this illustrious companys wares, of which there are many in the auction.

A rare Hardy Roxburgh Salmon Fly Cabinet dating from the 1930's, which has four lift out trays currently containing 147 salmon flies is expected to make 2500 - 3500.

A rare Hardy transitional brass Perfect from 1899, this one with a brass face and drum and an alloy reel frame, is estimated at 1500 - 2500.

From stuffed and mounted Ferox Brown Trout, Grayling, Perch and a Bronze Bream in bow fronted, gilt edged glass cases to a carved and painted 8 lb. Devon Sea Trout there are trophies to adorn the walls of any fishing den.

Hardy reels from the 1920s and 1930s in original leather cases will prove hugely popular with collectors as will an example of their 1950s Taupo reel.

Charles Ritz personal trout Tournament casting reel and a rare Illingworth bevel edged Light Touch dry fly reel will excite the collecting fraternity even more and two Limited Edition Bruce & Walker Kola Double Speycasting rods numbered 001 and 007 out of 100 may just be that Christmas present for the angler who doesnt have quite everything.

Copper Hardy and Farlow cast cases and wet and dry fly boxes will prove of great interest and a Limited Edition Framed Giclrint by Robin Armstrong entitled Fresh off the Tide (Sea-Trout) depicting a run of sea trout moving through estuarial shallows limited to 25 copies only may well tickle the fancy of those who have witnessed similar enthralling scenes.

Angling books include several by F.M.Halford as well as Wanless, Sawyer and Falkus and an original 1895 copy of The Salmon Fly by G.M.Kelson is expected to fetch 300 - 450.

Big Game fishing is represented by Penn International 30, 50 and 80 reels along with matching Fenwick rods and harnesses and lures.

This five hundred and twenty two Lot auction explores every corner of the angling world.

Evans & Partridge have brought in Jess Miller, renowned tackle expert of long standing in the UK, to catalogue their sale just to give that extra special assurance to long distance buyers that catalogue descriptions are accurate.

Catalogues are available for 6.50 (including postage worldwide) from Evans & Partridge, Agriculture House, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK, SO20 6HF.

Tel: +44 (0)1264 810702 Fax: +44 (0)1264 810944

Questions in relation to the fishing tackle sale or about entering items in future auctions should be directed to Jess Miller:Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1933 623323 Mobile Phone: +44 (0)7813 908999 Website: http://www.hardyreelbook.com

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