This little vice was in a lot we bought this week.
It’s the Farlow Hallows fly tying vice, c.1960/70.
According to the advert text “This vice has been specially designed for trout and sea trout flies only.”
A 7” long pocket-sized vice with twin adjusting jaw screws, looping hook and silk bobbin holders, all present and correct.
A cast table clamp with heavy duty lock screw secures to a bench, seat or even tree branch if required.
These rarely seen vices are small enough to be included in the angler’s bag or used at home.
The Farlow 1965 catalogue illustrating the vice is a laugh – the artist’s impression of the 1850 Farlow shop is great.
The gentleman customer sits at the counter chatting or getting advice from the staff. His large rod box lies on the floor, rods and tackle against the counter and I assume he’s chatting about flies and their use.
Well dressed customers peer into the window at the wealthy angler as ladies waft on by with admiring glances.
Never happens when I go for a pint of maggots!