The Hardy Silex Saga

Hardy Silex water damage

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.

Water damaged Hardy Silex

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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