A HANDFUL of factors make this Coxon Aerial fishing reel among the best of its type.
Dating from before the First World War, it is relatively early
for this famous coarse fishing reel that was first launched by
Allcock's in 1896. With its rare 'roller back' mechanism (a series
of four small rollers recessed in the mahogany back plate) it is
both technically interesting and - given the tendency of the reel
to jam in the wet - very rare.
It was also in superb condition, surviving complete with its
original box printed with the name of John Forrest who had shops in
both London and Kelso. Forrest was probably the retailer for
Allcock's of Redditch who did not mark the
Another rare Coxon Aerial sold recently at Angling Auctions of
Chiswick for £3800 but this example set a new benchmark for the
model at the antique and modern fishing tackle sale conducted by
South Shropshire specialist auctioneers,
Mullock Madeley (15% buyer's premium) at Ludlow racecourse on
With several bidders still in the running at £5000, it sold at
£6600 to a UK collector.
Alongside some strong prices for fixed spool thread-line reels -
five Dingley of Alnwick dry fly reels with original dark lead
finishing trebled hopes at £980 - the other talking points of the
sale were provided by elements of the Sawyer collection.
Frank Sawyer, who worked as the river keeper on the Wiltshire
Avon, was a legendary fisherman and fly maker, and his Pheasant
Tail Nymph remains one of the most popular flies of its type in the
world. Much of his tackle was well used - he was a great believer
in wear and repair - but plenty of usually condition-conscious
collectors, who had read his books or received his tuition, were
keen to own something connected with the man.
His brass microscope, bought by his mother in 1935, was a
highlight selling for £1000.