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28th Nov 2016

Army & Navy Stores Victoria Street London SW1: 3 1/4ins. Alloy Trout Reel c. 1939

An Army & Navy of London 3 1/4ins. Alloy Trout Reel dating from the late 1930's. Stamped to the back plate 'A & N. Stores Ltd Victoria St. London S.W.1.'  The Army & Navy Co-operative Society changed their name to Army & Navy Stores  Ltd in 1934 having been a co-operative society since their inception in 1871. 

This reel retains some of its original finish and is in very good overall condition with a working check, good straight brass foot, milled centre screw nut and almost untouched Xylonite handle.  With no evidence of any line burn to the pillars and tight check it would make a great user. 

 

£50
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28th Nov 2016

Army & Navy of London: 3ins. Hand Engraved Alloy Trout Reel c. 1920's

A hand engraved Army & Navy Co-operative Society Ltd 3ins. Alloy Trout Reel dating from the 1920's perhaps even earlier.  The face plate is hand engraved with the legend 'Army & Navy C P Ltd'. ANCP Ltd became the Army & Navy Stores Ltd in 1934 having been a Co-operative Society prior to this since its inception in 1871. 

The reel retains much of its original finish but is worn through use and has a slightly bent foot as shown in the photographs. The check sticks in one place but this would still make a user for an unfussy angler wishing to live in the years before 1934. 

£30
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10th Mar 2017

"Allcock-Aerial" 4ins. Centre Pin Reel with Adjustable Regulating Brake, Optional Check, Xylonite Handles and "B.P" Aluminium Line Guard with Roller Bar c. 1932

An Allcock-Aerial 4ins. Centre Pin Reel with 'Adjustable Regulating Brake, Optional Check, Xylonite Handles  and 'B.P." Aluminium Line Guard with Roller Bar dating from around the year 1932.  This model (No. 7981) appeared in the 'Abridged List of Allcocks Fishing Tackle' that was published in that year.  It said of the reel, 'Suitable for spinning, fly-fishing, and float-fishing. "Aerials" are greatly in advance of any others on the market. As salmon, trout or pike spinning reels they have never been equalled, whilst their enormous popularity amongst the most experienced and successful competitors in the big Fishing Contests is also a testimonial to their superiority.  Not only are "Aerial" Reels absolutely practical and surprisingly simple but they are also beautiful examples of the reel-maker's art.  An "Aerial" Reel will last a lifetime and we guarantee every "Allcock-Aerial" without time limit, against all defects caused by fauly material or workmanship.  The "Aerial" when used as a spinning reel, is controlled by the pressure of a finger or thumb on the rim of the reel.  For "all-round" work the 7950 and 7981 reels are in a class by themselves, and we have the greatest confidence in recommending them'.   A testimonial was printed under the description of the reel which read 'A well-known Bristol Angler's opinion of the "Aerial" Reel - 'The most perfect reel anyone could wish for. Truly it can be said that it is the 'Rolls-Royce' of fishing reels.'

This example is in very good overall condition, complete and in full working order.  The spool runs exceptionally well and very smoothly on its spindle.  There is a slight knock to the brass foot as can be seen and one the handles is slightly out of alignment with the other but neither are remotely loose.  The reel would make a great user. Further photographs may be seen on my blog under the date 11th December 2016.   There is a link to my blog at the top of my home page.  Please feel free to e mail me with any questions or requests for further images at johneandrews@btinternet.com.  Thank-you.

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