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3rd Mar 2017

Hardy 'L.R.H.' 9 1/2ft No. 2 Palakona Split Cane Spinning Rod in Edgar Sealey Bag c. 1940 (E53051)

A Hardy 'L.R.H.' 9 1/2ft No. 2 Palakona Split Cane Spinning Rod in an Edgar Sealey Bag. The rod dates from its serial number E53051 to the year 1940. In durable condition with a slight upwards set to the tip but otherwise with wear consistent with age and use. It is a rare item from the Hardy's wartime production line. Writing in his seminal book 'Hardy Brothers - The Masters, The Men and Their Reels' (J&J Publishing 1998) John Drewett said, 'For the first few months of the war production of tackle carried on much as before but gradually an increasing amount of Hardy's production was switched over to war work'.

The rod has agate rings throughout, studlock joint, intermediate narrow silk whippings, copper wire on split ends and lower leg of butt ring, adjustable 'screw grip' fitting and is ready to press into action.  Carriage in protective tube by Parcelforce within the UK included in the price.  Alternatively arrangements for collection may be made.  Buyers from overseas please contact me first to discuss carriage as costs may be prohibitively high. The Hardy's Anglers' Guide and Catalogue of 1937 (one of the last catalogues to be produced before the outbreak of war) said of the 'L.R.H.', 'These rods have been designed by L.R. Hardy for his own use for bank and boat fishing, as being the most up-to-date, all-round, double-handed spinning rods.  They are light to handle, yet possessed of a wonderful power. The action is perfect for casting a light or heavy bait. The handle is long and is finished in a choice of two designs.  The rubber button is so designed that when the rod handle is taken from under the arm, after recovering the bait, it does not catch on to the clothes'.

The Guide also said, 'No. 2 is the heavier and stronger rod' (in comparison to the No. 1). This example will make an excellent salmon spinning, pike or marginal carp fishing rod. 

£140
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3rd Mar 2017

Hardy 'L.R.H.' 9 1/2ft No. 1 Palakona Split Cane Spinning Rod in Original Bag c. 1958 (H14137)

A Hardy 'L.R.H.' 9 1/2ft No. 1 Palakona Split Cane Spinning Rod in its Original Bag dating from its serial number H14137 to the year 1958. In good condition with wear consistent with age and use, Monel butt ring, agate intermediates and tip ring, studlock joint, intermediate narrow silk whippings, copper wire on split ends and lower leg of butt ring, adjustable 'screw grip' fitting, ready to use.  Carriage in protective tube by Parcelforce within the UK included in the price.  Alternatively arrangements for collection may be made.  Buyers from overseas please contact me first to discuss carriage as costs may be prohibitively high. 

The Hardy's Anglers' Guide and Catalogue of 1957 said of the 'L.R.H.', 'These rods have been designed by L.R. Hardy for his own use for bank and boat fishing, as being the most up-to-date, all-round, double-handed spinning rods.  They are light to handle, yet possessed of a wonderful power. The action is perfect for casting a light or heavy bait. The handle is long and is finished in a choice of two designs.  The rubber button is so designed that when the rod handle is taken from under the arm, after recovering the bait, it does not catch on to the clothes'.

Although primarily designed as a salmon rod, in the 21st Century it is also favoured by many lady or gentlemen anglers of taste as a first class pike and in some circumstances carp rod. 

 

£120
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3rd Mar 2017

Hardy 'Elarex' Quadruple Multiplying Casting Reel c. 1963

A Hardy 'Elarex' Quadruple Multiplying Casting Reel dating from the year 1963. In full working order and in fine condition.  It would make an ideal match with a Hardy 'L.R.H' Spinning Rod and would suit a lady or gentleman salmon angler on a spring river.  

The Hardy's Anglers Guide and Catalogue for the year 1963 said of the 'Elarex', 'The 'ELAREX' reel, the result of exhaustive experiments made by the late Mr. L. R. Hardy over a number of years, is as near perfection as human brains and skill can make it, and is undoubtedly the most completely successful reel of its kind ever devised.  The solid, one-piece, shock resistant frame with its accurately-located housings on the end plates protects the working parts, ensures perfect alignment of the corrosion-resisting line-spool in its bearings, and contains no screws or joints to loosen.  A thumb rest on the rear of the frame facilitates ease of control when casting or braking a fish.  The accurately cut helical gears of 4 to 1 ratio not only provide a high speed wind-in, but also reduce the inertia of the rotating handles when casting and give sweetly smooth silent running. The level-wind mechanism, consisting of a cast-steel pawl running on a chromium plated distributor shaft ensures level distribution of the line on the spool.  The reel has recently been improved by the addition of a pair of newly designed, centrifugally operated governors which come into operation at a certain spool speed, controlling the spool until momentum of the bait ceases. Further control is provided by an optional auxiliary brake with an index calibrated for various tensions, and is intended for use under adverse conditions such as a bad wind.  The reel is finished in heavy chromium plate, all joints are protected from entry of dust or water and dust-proof oiling caps are fitted.

 

£75
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