• 1887 Allcock catalogue comes up for auction

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    A very rare 1887 Allcock catalogue is on offer at an online auction.  It has 38 plates, with eight of them in colour, showing rods, reels, flies, lures, nets and creels. It was clearly designed to cover several markets because the front cover reads: “S Allcock & Co, Redditch, England, Angleterre. Album d’Illustrations. Gezeichnetes Musterbuch. It’s part of an online sale being run by  Schotten Sports Auctions in Burford, Gloucestershire. The catalogue has a hard cover and apart from some rubbing and a little foxing, it is in excellent condition. Even the stick-on cover label is still remarkably well preserved. Pre-1900 Allcock catalogues are very rare, and one particular draw is that the lithograph illustrations, especially of the flies, are particularly fine. The online-only auction, which ends tomorrow, offers some quality items including a 32lb carved salmon by the Fochabers studio, an Allcock Dazzle bait, a Royal Doulton fruit bowl from  the Compleat Angler series, A Hardy Birmingham and a Farlow’s tackle case.



    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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