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

The Edge Elite Centrepin reel

This Edge Elite reel is an unusual addition to any Centrepin collection. It was made by Robert (Bob) Edge, proprietor of the tackle shop “Kirkgate Anglers “in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. I am told the shop is still run by a family member today. The backplate is cast alloy and the drum lathe-turned. The text “Edge […]

Watermelon wicker creels are rare and collectable

We see quite a few wicker and willow reed creels coming to Thomas Turner on a regular basis and we were pleasantly surprised to find this one in Holland. I normally associate these creels with the USA, but clearly, they travelled into Europe and were made by the Europeans too. The interesting feature of this […]

Rare centrepin trotting reel collection landed

Once again Thomas Turner has secured this fabulous Centrepin collection just in time for Christmas for you to enjoy. The collection includes many of the finest examples by Chris Lythe, Gary Mills and Dave Ploughman. These limited edition and one-off reels will shortly feature in a special catalogue for you to spoil yourself before during […]

Howban of Mosley, Birmingham prototype?

A long way travelled from its birthplace, this Howban of Mosley, Birmingham reel came to us from a collector customer friend in Scotland. Approximately 50% larger than the normal smaller Howban models, it’s unnamed and features a different spool and locking nut arrangement. Other than being on steroids it has all the Howban features right […]