The sad demise of an early Hardy Silex reel due to poor storage.
This reel dating from c. 1900 would have had a value of around £300 if all was good with it. However years of water damage through being stored wet has reduced its value to only about £30.
That’s a real (reel!?) shame as the owner was of the opinion that as it was a Hardy and old it was therefore valuable.
Wrong – three things you need in any collectors market: condition, rarity and demand!
We have two out of three at least…
It is quite a rare reel and there is demand but NOT in this condition. It’s even missing parts – they fell off when I touched it!
So, look after your tackle so to speak. Always dry it before storing it away as damp and condensation are a resale value killer for vintage and modern-classic tackle alike.
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