Like the full moon this vintage buckle silver Richard Wheatley cast tin attracted my eye at a table sale in Spitalfields earlier in the year, a £10 note sealed the deal. Inside the tin were several May Flies and Alexander wets. This for sure would make an ideal Christmas present for the fly fisher in your life.
Earlier in the year I found a tin decorated with an oriental theme with a price tag of £3 on a self in one of our local charity shops. I picked it up to find that it was containing a full box wood chess set. Inverting the tin carefully it beard a logo of the Twinings Tea company with the further detail ‘Fine Quality Blend Of Indian & Ceylon Teas Half Pound Nett Twinings’ along with (Registered Trade Mark).
A long time ago I purchased a black lacquer and gold painted gaming board with a chess or checkers board on one side and within a back gammon board. This small tin an ideal partner to that board. I thought for young Tales a welcome departure from the modern age iPad, there is something satisfying when picking up a box wood chess piece and saying checkmate.
Earlier today a package arrived containing a lure box by Pezon & Michel, Paris. Similar in construction to a Wheatley box but bearing the distinctive Luxor embossed logo to the front.
In another package 20 more sweet painted ladies arrived from North of the Boarders, these are now house in a vintage Edward Sharp & Sons Ltd confectioners tin appointed by the Late King George VI.
During the summer months I scoured the table tops at car boots for unique finds of vintage fishing tackle and related items. In amongst some old tools and ironmongery was an old pocket oiler, it gleamed in the summer sun and was in pristine condition retaining its screw on application pin. These oilers in this condition are hard to come by and are invaluable to keep reels in tip top working order.
If you have time to search these oilers would make an ideal gift as stocking filler for the fisherman.
As the sun slowly appeared over The Terrace I could feel its warmth on my face as I looked up towards the clear blue sky.
I made my away over Barnes Bridge towards the old Civil Service Sports Club and onwards via Duke Meadows. The River Thames ran strong and deeply coloured as if made its way out and rowers pulled hard against the swirling current.
After a brief and brisk walk I arrived at the Chiswick School where the monthly car boot sale was underway. There were fewer vendors as it was limited to the hard standing due to the recent rain, the football pitch that in summer months is full was being preserved so it didn’t end up as a quagmire for Monday.
I was looking primarily for vintage tackle, celluloid floats, silk lines and fishing books. On first glance there was little on offer. Rooting through boxes for books there were no titles that inspired, a few How To Fish books and one on shoreline fishing.
At the far side of the sale was a table with a large cased rainbow trout caught in the early 80’s at Barn Elms now the Wetland Centre. This fine 6lb 8oz fish caught by P F Hookham a reminder of fishing days in the 80’s where you would delicately cast beneath the incoming planes to Heathrow.
Further along the row of tables and open boots of estate cars and 4×4’s was a vendor with half a table of reels, a leather Gladstone style bag, a canvas army bag and a Three Nun tobacco tin. There were no reels that excited me however there was a very clean The Gemina reel spooled with a green medium sink line. There was a fine Reuben Heaton set of scales for £40.
In the end I parted with change for the tin that contained a mix of 16 fly fishing patterns and a couple of celluloid anti-kink vains for spinning.
Maybe I should have purchased the scales in case I catch one of the river carp or find my own carp hotspot in a hidden corner of the country…
The next sale will be the first Sunday in March, what treasures will be found.