Category — Hardy Brothers
This article was first published in January 2003.
On my drive north to visit the Hardy Facility in Alnwick I was reminded of the booklets produced by Hardy’s in the 1920’s when a couple of gentlemen toured the rod making works. I felt I as though I was treading in historical footsteps. The main difference was that I did not have a leisurely trip on a train but a four o’clock start and a two hundred and fifty mile drive up the A1.
March 15, 2009 2 Comments
I was very interested to read the section on the Cascapedia reels in John Drewett’ s book on Hardy Brothers. I am particularly interested in the comparison between these reels and with similar reels being made by the Edward Vom Hofe company around the same time.
John mentions the Tobique River reel sold at auction in America during November 1993 and having known about it for some time I decided to do a little more investigating.
The reel was a size 2/0 and only had two medallions, the Royal Warrant by Appointment and the model designation. The medallion with the Prince of Wales feathers was omitted.
This Royal Warrant was granted in 1931, one year before the Cascapedia was launched in the Hardy supplement. My guess is that the Tobique River reel was made in 1930 or even 1929, it would require many months if not years to produce a new reel This reel is certainly the prototype or first production model for the Cascapedia.
Edward Vom Hofe had launched the Tobique reel in about 1928 claiming that it was the world’s first multiplying action reel with the winding handle centrally located.
We can only speculate as to the reaction of the Vom Hofe company on seeing the appearance of the Tobique River reel. Panic, shock, indignation – who knows?
March 7, 2009 2 Comments