Monday, 16 November 2015

The National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair: Sunday 15th May 2016

In Arcadia flags are raised and trumpets sound as empty bottles clink on pantry floors; dogs and cats are kissed and Elgar plays on the radiogram in thanks to all those gracious and intrepid souls who both stalled out and visited yesterday's National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair in Redditch.  The next edition of the Fair will be staged on Sunday 15th May 2016.  Should you wish to obtain a flyer for the Fair please take one from any street corner urchin or stop me when you see me at a market or auction.  Thank-you.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

In the Shop Window

For immediate sale In the Shop Window of my website a rare and unusual Victorian Black Japanned Tackle Box by Bambridge * Maker * Eton-on-Thames.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Rupert and Luke

I have a feature in the current edition of Fallon's Angler (No. 4) called Rupert and Luke based on and featuring reproductions of photographs I posted a couple of summers ago.  You may buy it from your local news stand; bookshop or directly from the Fallon's Angler shop.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Feltham Piscators

Bought last week from a gentleman dealer a quantity of tackle belonging formerly to a Feltham Piscator  some of which is for sale on my website and the remainder of which will be on the cloth tomorrow.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Memo from John P. Fogarty of Galway sent on 22nd July 1890

Bought recently amongst a box of ephemera a memo from John P. Fogarty - Wholesale Stationer; Fishing Tackle and Fancy Goods Warehouseman of 16 Shop Street in Galway.  Delivered by hand to E.J. Pilkington Esq. on this day in the year 1890.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Operation Tea Cosy Uptown

At last year's Port Eliot Festival the Empress and I entered the Inaugural Port Eliot Festival Tea Cosy Competition to design and make a tea cosy.   Our work was a conceptual piece based on a Victorian travelling circus tent consisting of panels made from old rod bags adorned with original silk labels from  British tackle makers most of whom are sadly now obsolete.  It beat a field of over 80 International entries to win First Prize.  The competition was sponsored by Fortnum and Mason and now 38 of the designs have been chosen to be auctioned off by them for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Trust who are specialists in heart and lung care.  Our entry - photographed below by our good friend and collaborator Neil R. Thomson is amongst them and you may bid on this artwork using bundles of ironed online fivers or fifties if you're feeling flush by clicking here (No. 138).  The designs will also be on display at a short exhibition which will run on the First Floor at Fortnum and Mason between Friday 26th June and and Monday 6th July.   Thank-you in advance for your generosity of spirit.