Category Archives: Ephemera & Misc.

Our blog posts all about the smaller and more miscellaneous items of vintage fishing tackle

Warner of Redditch Perfect Hook Protector

It’s not unusual for such a little piece of angling ephemera to hide a massive story. The Warner of Redditch little hook paper fold measures a diminutive 2.5” long. It was hiding in the base of a willow creel and is worthy of examination. The famous Warner fish and cross sword logo is displayed over […]

Floats and more floats

There is only one way to buy old floats and that’s in bulk! This amazing float collection is part of a huge vintage tackle collection we have recently bought. To be accurate, it’s only part of the float collection. Displayed on a custom-made three-tier setting, the floats span 100 years and are great fun to […]

Vintage alloy bait safe

Once again rummaging in the bottom of a tackle box unearths these little curios. These are a matching pair of vintage lightweight alloy bait safe appliances in fine condition. Each tube measures 5 1/2” long with a hinged snap shut lid. The front of the tube has a tiny hole to accept the line and […]

National Angling Championship 1952 official programme

This match fishing programme came in last week and I couldn’t help flicking through it. What a glorious era this must have been. Travelling by train, coach or maybe car, this was a marathon of planning by organisers and competitors alike. Match fishing was big business in its day. A 48-page programme was available, priced […]

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 […]

1600 Rapala Lures, not even I could lose this lot!

The Thomas Turner European advertising campaign is clearly working. We were contacted by a tackle shop in the northern French/Spanish region. They were changing their business retail plan. They’d been Hardy and Rapala agents for many years so we were delighted to be able to buy the entire fishing stock. They specialised in fly fishing, […]

Hardy Joint Lubricator or “Lipstick”

Always popular, this Hardy little gadget is easily missed at the bottom of a tackle box or bag. The Joint Lubricator and Container was an entirely new idea in the 1930’s. Measuring 1-3/4” tall the outer casing is stamped”Hardy Bros. Makers Alnwick”. It was produced in both brass and nickel materials. Pull off the top […]

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 […]

Farlow’s Standard Gut & Wire Gauge

Produced in the 1920s this is a rarely seen little accessory from Farlow’s of London. Available from both the Panton St and Charles St retail shops, it’s a neat practical item for home or riverbank. A pocket-size brown leather-covered card wallet with stud fastening, measuring 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. It carries a range of wire patterns equivalent […]