ANTIQUE FISHING TACKLE


Celebrated "Alnwick Greenheart" Trout Fly Rod

picture of antique hardy trout rod Approximate dimensions:
8ft 6" assembled
Probably originally 9ft
photo of antique greenheart trout rod sections

detail of Hardy rod case

Description:
Three sections + spare (broken) tip
Connected by Hardy's "Lock-fast" Joints (* ref)
Complete with original Hardy Bros.cloth case.

Manufacturer:
Hardy Bros, Alnwick.
Gold Medal Brand

Butt Section:
42.25" long, with cork handle and spear base.
2 snake rings.   Wedge reel fastening (** ref) impressed with:
Hardy's
  W
Fitting
  Reg
16.8.73

image of old trout fly rod spear house of hardy

Spear Attachment engraved:
Hardy Bros.
  Makers
Alnwick
  36007

Mid-section:
Length 39",
Brass ferrules + 3 snake rings (English)
Ferrule stops made of hardwood and cork.

Top Section:
Repaired, 34.5" long,
Brass male counter, 4 snake rings
top double wire ring:
this would originally have been agate.

According to David Bullock, the Countrystore/Museum Manager at the House of Hardy, the rod serial number dates it as made in 1897,
The "Alnwick Greenheart" series was manufactured between 1886 and 1952.

David was very helpful and provided a photocopy from one of the original
catalogues, which shows such rods would have originally retailed at 2-17 shillings
The rods were made in a variety of sizes up to 17ft (which retailed at 6 4s 6d)
.. A fair bit of cash in those days.

They were considered "suitable for MAHSEER, SALMON, TROUT, GRAYLING etc"

REFERENCES
*     Fishing Salmon and Trout, H Cholmondeley-Pennell, Longmans, Green & Co 1886, p77
**    Fishing Salmon and Trout, H Cholmondeley-Pennell, Longmans, Green & Co 1886, p63
        House of Hardy, Willowburn, Alnwick, Northumberland,   NE66 2PF.   England

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