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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” diameter narrow drum reel, stubby white handle, red agate line guide, 66mm smooth brass foot, fitting modern and classic rods, reel weighs 270 grams, red agate line guide in nickel frame, Patent screw slide brake adjuster to backplate, reel’s in fine working order,
comes with matching spare spool and a rarely seen Farlow special order red baize lined block leather case for reel and spool, the front stamped “C. Farlow & Co., Ltd., 11 Panton Street, SW1”, the case in fine condition, ink marked to lid 4”.
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.