Thursday, 18 December 2014

Handle The Hockley Street Relics

Once upon a time in Arcadia most notably on a Thursday in the last century and even the one before ladies and gentlemen abroad on the streets of London in search of presents for themselves; each other as well as their friends and family could call in upon one of the legions of fishing tackle shops that were dotted across the capital and there purchase an item of tackle very possibly made at the Richard Wheatley Works in Hockley Street in the silver capital of Birmingham.  Today in this new young century of ours there are a pitiful number of fishing tackle shops left in London but nearly all of those that remain will still sell items made by Richard Wheatley whose mantle was taken up in part a few years ago by the Wheatley collector and enthusiast Mr. Clive Edwards who can be found online at the Richard Wheatley Museum.

In the meantime should you be a lady or a gentleman abroad on the streets of London with a taste for the old fashioned-but-modern in search of presents for yourself or another you are invited to call in upon my stall of ten years standing at Spitalfields Antiques Market (Thursdays between 8am and 3pm) as Mr. Edwards has done on occasions joyous and there purchase old fly boxes and wallets and all other manner of things made by Wheatley & Son.   Of these I have a surplus ahead of The Feast of St. Nicholas - some dressed and some not - so please do not be shy.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New Trade Card

Oh! the joy of a new batch of one thousand new Trade Cards printed by the Master-in-Ink Mr. Martin Clark of Tilley Printing (est. 1870 in the Herefordshire town of Ledbury).  Delivered by liveried courier to my door and unwrapped with all the excitement of St. Nicholas Morn itself.  Available for the first time fresh off the press and over the cloth on the stall TOMORROW and elsewhere in Arcadia in the weeks and months to come.  Should you wish to have anything printed in letterpress I can only recommend Mr. Clark - we have collaborated for several years now on everything from paper bags and beer mats to posters and handbills and he is a gentleman of the first order and a printer supreme.  You may contact him on the Print Room Telephone Number 01531 632750 or visit his shop in the ether here. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

'Scarlet for Glacier Rivers to Order'

Bought recently and for immediate sale through the leaded window of the black lacquered wooden advent calendar that is my website in the month of December half a dozen Hardy's "Improved" Pennell Devons on their original flights dating to the years not forgotten of the 1920's.

Monday, 15 December 2014

'Probably the Most Deadly of All Artificial Baits for Pike and Perch'

So said the entry in the Hardy's Anglers' Guide of 1923 of their 'Improved "Swallow Tail" Rubber Bait' of which one is shown below alongside a couple of other unbranded examples.  All three are for immediate sale in the Emporium-in-a-Lay-by known as my website.

Friday, 12 December 2014

"Unthank" in Advent

Advent-in-Arcadia carries on with a rare public appearance by a W.J. Cummins "Unthank" Pattern "A" Fly Box with Xylonite Strips dating from 1925.  One gentleman said of it 'The "Unthank" Box I purchased has been the source of admiration from several men to whom I have shown it.'  Should you wish to elicit similar admiration from several men you may purchase the box almost ninety years after it was made by visiting the fishing tackle shop of years past also known as my website.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

"Your Shrimps Are Too Natural And Should Not Be Allowed"

Once upon a time in Arcadia in the years directly following the end of The Great War a chap called Percy Wadham started making artificial baits from celluloid at his premises at Newport on the Isle of Wight.  Wadham's Specialities were so popular that testimonials flooded in by post and telegraph alike including one which said of Wadham's 'Nature Celluloid Shrimps' - "Your shrimps are too natural and should not be allowed."

Should you be a lady or gentleman abroad on the streets of London in search of old fishing tackle of the quality of Wadham's Specialities you are invited to visit my stall which stands every Thursday at Spitalfields Antiques Market on Commercial Street in the district of London known as E.1. between the hours of 8am and 3pm.  There I sell 'Vintage Fishing Tackle for the Soul' as I have done for over ten years.  You may reach me also on the Field Telephone - Number 07980 274 383.  Thank-you.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014