Angling Auctions

The autumn sale scheduled for 3rd October 2020 will take place but will be on-line bidding only. They have made arrangements for viewing and it will take place the week before on Saturday 26th September 09.00-18.00. Sunday viewing will be from 09.00-15.00. The venue will be the Crossfield Hall Romsey. The current Government guidelines will be observed with a maximum limitation of 25 people viewing at one time.

You will have to register your contact details and face masks will have to be worn on site and social distancing of 2m will be compulsory Hand sanitisers and disposable gloves will be available.

The auctioneers will be more than willing to provide additional information and images prior to the sale but this service will not be available after 20th of September. This sale is the March 28th one that has been held over and that catalogue is valid.

For further details visit their site at angling auctions

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Milward-Bartleet Overseas Reel.

The Milward-Bartleet Overseas reel was without the tension brake prior to 1926. .The Milward-Bartleet Overseas reel, manufactured and wholesaled by Milward-Bartleet in the 1920’s and through to the 1930’s. It was sold in three sizes 5, 6 and 7 inches. In 1926 they introduced a “Breaknut Tension adjuster”. This, fitted to the front of the reel, was adjusted by the finger and thumb of the prominent hand.

The Milward-Bartleet Overseas reel
The Milward-Bartleet Overseas reel.
The Milward-Bartleet Overseas reel
Reverse The Milward-Bartleet Overseas reel

We occasionally see these reels being offered at auction but if I am honest that is not very often. The example shown is in near mint condition, fitted with line that has never been used.

The old David Slater factory in Newark was acquired by Milward and added to their expanding Milward-Bartleet brand. A similar example was sold a few years back at Angling Auctions.

You can also view the item on our facebook page

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Ustonson Fishing Reel-pre 1837.

An antique fishing reel/winch retailed by Ustonson with a reversible handle, 3 1/2 inch diameter, all brass engraved ‘Ustonson Maker to His Majesty Temple Bar London’. Mullock’s will sell this reel at their forthcoming auction. The knurled retaining disc handle allows the handle to be reversed for storage. The foot is perforated and it has a raised check housing. This dates the reel at pre 1837. King George IV granted the Royal Warrant in 1824 to Maria Ustonson and continued by King William IV. In 1837 William died and Queen Victoria ascended to the throne.

Queen Victoria continued with the Royal Warrant, however there is no evidence that she fished. Her husband Prince Albert certainly did fish . I have seen and handled many examples of rods carrying his Royal Warrant for Fishing Tackle which was held by G Little. Many people have questioned if Ustonson made these reels and I for one do not believe they did.

Following the appearance of these images on our Facebook Group there has been considerable interest in who actually made the reel. It is has been suggested that the reel was made by others. My own suggestion is James Haywood another has suggested Hero the London tackle maker. One thing is for certain that if an antique Ustonson fishing reel is up for auction it is certainly worth more than an unnamed example by the same maker.

This “intriguing” reel will be sold at Mullock’s next auction along with other sporting goods. The auction is on-line only but the auctioneers will be more than willing to provide more images and condition reports if required

For more details of this and other items of tackle being sold contact

Ustonson brass reel
Onsimius Ustonson brass fishing winch.
Ustonson brass reel
Ustonson brass fishing winch. with raised check housing.
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Antiques & Vintage Tackle

We have started a Facebook group together with an Instagram page for Antique and Vintage fishing tackle. The Facebook group, Antique Fishing Tackle is for items of tackle that are 100 plus years old. It’s an open group and anyone can post, once they have requested to join.

The Instagram page is Antique_vintage_fishing_tackle and the idea is to have new items posted regularly. In addition to the facebook page items posted here do not have to be over 100 years old.

You will find the join buttons on the right hand side of the page, just click and follow.

Please feel free to join or comment.

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Nottingham Wooden Fishing Reels

Men of Trent will give a history of the Nottingham wooden fishing reel from it’s early beginnings. The book will pinpoint the various developments from the early bush reels, the strap backs, star backs and centre pins.


It will endeavour to help  the reader understand this fascinating area of tackle collecting helping to identify the mundane run of the mill from the rare, and consequently valuable stars.

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Redditch Review.

I arrived nice and early in the hope of finding something nice to add to my collection but unfortunately despite a few hours looking I could find nothing.  There were some fantastic items including a David Slater made Combination reel in gun metal with its original leather case retailed by Forrest of Kelso. At £450 it was too much seeing as I have three models of the same reel and would in effect be paying only for the leather case.

I have started looking into Malloch Sidecaster reels, having previously given them scant attention, due to the fact that they were not the only people making them. The patent expired in 1900 and having seen an advert for a sidecaster by Smith & Wall I wondered who else made them. Certainly there were a few, the Forrest of Kelso one differs from the others in the fact that there is a rim mounted on off check button. Les Shaw had a Foster of Ashbourne model and Andrew Race had a Reuben Heatons model. Just how many other makers are there? I would be interested in receiving pictures and information.

After the show I joined a friend fishing for carp, well he was fishing as I am a bit of a traditionalist and follow the close season. He has found a great lake where the fish just cruise around and its possible to stalk them. He told me that he uses pet food and visited a site which had a very large selection and somewhat baffling. Eventually we settled on dog biscuits and found a nice advantaged position overlooking the lake and started throwing a few free offering to the cruising carp.

It was fascinating and after a short time Ray baited his hook with a dog biscuit and cast out and I followed with the free offerings, the carp homed in on the bait and it was heart stopping. After 5 minutes all the free offering had been taken but they showed little or no interest in the hook bait.

Two hours later with half a bag of dog biscuits gone we still had not managed to get a carp to take the bait. We discussed it and started crediting the carp with super intelligence, surely they could see that the hook bait was sitting lower in the water than the free offering? maybe.

I will return to this lake and try again possibly with floating bread flake, with a split cane rod and an Aerial reel.

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