Mixed collections are good news for everyone

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It’s always good fun when we buy in a mixed collection of new, old and antique tackle.

This week brought a really interesting cache of items from an unused Hardy salmon Bougle reel to a wacky English vintage Bowell Patent auto reel. This has the most ingenious bait arm, keeping your fingers on the handle and by back winding the bail opens across the spool face and out. How many pints of Guinness did it take to come up with this one?

We also netted a pair of vintage Medina brass articulated fish. The term Medina fish was popularised by Graham Turner in his first reference book “Fishing Tackle for Collectors”, 1989, an example from the sunken SS Medina is featured on the front cover.



Having just opened my copy to research this I found some old photographs (oh dear!) of Graham and me in his tackle room 2 years prior to the book’s publication. Of course, to be a serious tackle collector you had to have a moustache, Roger has one, Jess has one, Jamie had one and JD still sports a cracker!



A Helical Reel Co celluloid oiler, assorted floats, Lesney Bread Press by Matchbox and assorted books make it a good lot.

We buy many collections, but they don’t have to be themed or from a particular maker. While we are world-renowned for buying large tackle collections from all four corners of the planet we are just as happy with small interesting groups like this.

If you are thinking of selling, downsizing, or changing your collection direction, give me a call on 01782 698787 or email john@thomasturner.com and let’s talk tackle.

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