B. James & Son 'Avocet'. Ultra-rare 1st model 11'3" 3-piece rod.

The Holy Grail for Avocet connoisseurs. A Daily Mirror Prize Rod issued by Bernard Venables in the early 1950s.

In February 2020 we will be offering this exceptionally fine and rare rod.

It retains 100% of its original fittings -bronzed carbon steel bridge rings, genuine agate tip & butt rings (it has 2), 3 gold transfers in perfect condition, spigotted splint end ferrules, W.R. Products handle fittings (the butt cap is engraved with the maker’s details and DAILY MIRROR PRIZE ROD), brass & hand-turned hardwood ferrule stoppers, original rod bag and of course, its perfectly straight and vigorous Southwell-built split cane blank!

All of these components are superb and we are retaining them in the totally sensitive and correct refurbishment we are undertaking to this stupendous septuagenarian masterpiece.

On the 23rd of March 2013 a restored example sold at Mullock’s auction for a hammer price of £3,200.

A full description and accompanying pictures to follow.