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Rare Farlow BWP reel and spare spool in Farlow custom block leather case, from the HRH Prince Axel of Denmark collection, 4 ½” wide drum Farlow BWP New Zealand Patent, salmon fly reel, stubby white handle, nickel line guide, 65mm smooth brass foot, Patent screw slide adjustable brake to backplate, twin internal check, one pawl and screw removed but come with reel, the reel comes in C. Farlow & Co., Ltd., brown baize lined block leather reel case, stamped 4 ½ to front and handwritten 4 ½” to lid.
We had the pleasure of meeting with the family of the late HRH Prince Axel of Denmark, 1888 -1967.
A Danish Prince from the House of Glucksburg, he was a keen sportsman during his life and an angler of note.
Prince Axel’s residence in Bernstorff was bought in 1978 by the British Government and became the residence of Britain’s ambassador in Denmark. The new occupants maintain the late princely couple’s private library in situ. It contains a significant number of books about fishing and sailing (Wikipedia)
His grandson with whom we met is the son of Prince Fleming. He married a non-noble woman and so became Count of Rosenborg, his son, and our contact brought the tackle collection of his grandfather Prince Axel to the UK to meet the Thomas Turner Coy.
The theme is game fishing related and many of the items carry a hand painted red white Danish flag insignia as well as the letter A on the fly reservoir and one engraved reel.
The tackle is untouched and in its original form, not cleaned or altered to retain originality.
We recommend any prospective buyer print of this listing as a Certificate of Authenticity relating to the tackle and its historic Royal heritage.