This is the board to ask about the identity, or for an appraisal, of a rod. Please use the outline as explained on the board. If there is a makers name, list that in the subject line. Make sure you include the length, number of sections, any identifying markings and the general condition. Adding photographs is always helpful!
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Estate rod, trying to help them get a value. Three-piece, four tips, two of the same length. Lockfast ferrules, ring guides on butt and mid, snakes on tips. Everything looks original. Varnish in good condition, Butt to mid ferrules need re-glueing, some main and intermediates need to be re-done. W fittings. Bag looks original, no label. Found a 5454 number on the hardware, but can’t see what looks like the usual Hardy serial numbers.
If it has no letter in front it should be from the 1880s. Rods before 1904 had serial numbers made up of only numbers. Rods made in 1890 had serial numbers starting at about 13500, can’t find earlier serial numbers. If you email Hardy they can probably give the year of manufacture. At 14’ it could be a «Cholmondeley - pennel combination rod» but I doubt they produced that rod in the early years. At least it is a combination rod with two fly tops and probably one for trolling and one for spinning. It is very early rod in good restored condition, but these long rods are really only wall hangers so the value is not very high. Would say £200 - 300 at a good day. ( in the UK)
Thank you very much for the info. I had a chance to take a second look at the rod and it seems that the two shorter tips likely got shorter from breakage. Both have snake guides and the tiptops are single foot style guides. All other sections have ring guides. I don’t know if the rod came with four tips, or replacement tips were ordered from Hardy, or made by another rod maker who would have used the hardware of the original tips. There is not letter in front of the four-digit serial number, just 5454.
I will email Hardy
I will email Hardy