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A fine Hardy Perfect salmon wide drum fly reel from HRH prince Axel of Denmark collection
4-1/2” diameter with duplicated Mk2 check, rotating line guide, black handle and rim tension regulator,
correct 100mm ribbed brass foot, the reel retains good factory dark lead finish, winds smooth and has no faults or defects,
comes with Hardy fitted block leather reel case marked 4-1/2” to both side panels, a fine historical set
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.