Category Archives: Thomas Turner blog

A collection of essays from Thomas Turner Fishing Antiques looking closely at some classic items of vintage fishing tackle.

Farlow V Hardy in the Perfect competition

There has historically been a professional rivalry between Farlow and Hardy. Retailing a stone’s throw away from each other in London the competition for product sales must have been at times intense. I have just been browsing through one of our many Farlow catalogues, the 1840-1940 Centenary Edition. It struck me that the brand name […]

Hardy Bougle MK V 3″ Lightweight Centenary Limited Edition reel No 000

I keep saying it, just when you think you’ve seen it all, up pops this one in another collection we bought this week. A unique, one-off reel, this factory gold finish would not normally have been offered for sale, being part of the Hardy Archives. This number 000 would have been from the first production […]

Room trading at the NFLCC National show, USA

I’m constantly being asked, what was it like 20/30 years ago in the vintage tackle trade? Well, same medicine but different bottle. The internet was in its infancy then and had minimal effect on how the tackle antique tackle trade operated.  Ebay was created by Pierre Omidyar in the fall of 1995 and now is […]

The Charles Ritz Parabolic Rod series

A quick reference guide for the Parabolic series of rods available in the 1960’s. This may be of use to collectors and users alike. World renowned hotelier and angler Charles Ritz designed his set of rods tested by Pierre Creusevant and other leading anglers of the day. The first production rod came out of the […]