Alfred John Tay was a float maker in Victoria Street Redditch when he invented a rather ingenious method that would enable the angler to change from one type of float to another quickly.
Hi invention, a double loop staple — a bit like a paper clip, also combined a pin to loop the line around so that the depth at which a float was fished could be easily changed.
A Tay Float from the 1912 catalogue.
1892 Tay Patent Float Drawing
Tay was the number one float maker in Redditch when in 1878 Samuel Allcock decided to enter the float making business. He persuaded Alfred Tay to joint him complete with all his employees and his American export business, an instant float making department.
The Tay wires can be seen on many of the early Allcock floats along with the patent number 13116. The Allcock float model 3206 shown below has patent number 23775 on it.
This is a little confusing as this is wrong. Could this have been a printing mistake? And what angler at the time was going to go to the Patent Office check it out and complain to Allcock’s?
None I suspect! I have a few floats in my collection with the only word Patent on them (no number). These floats are not impossible to find but are scarce.