HUGHES (TED) A collection of 19 fishing rods (for salmon/trout, river/reservoir) and three reels, belonging to Ted Hughes, housed in 2 old wooden boxes (collection)

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Lot 352
HUGHES (TED)
A collection of 19 fishing rods (for salmon/trout, river/reservoir) and three reels, belonging to Ted Hughes, housed in 2 old wooden boxes (collection)

Sold for £ 1,125 (US$ 1,407) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
HUGHES (TED)
A collection of 19 fishing rods (for salmon/trout, river/reservoir) and three reels, belonging to Ted Hughes, various materials and lengths, housed in 2 old wooden boxes (collection)

Footnotes

  • "I would never stop fishing, because I do not want to lose what goes with fishing... the stuff of the Earth. The whole of life" (Hughes, posthumously printed interview in Wild Steelhead and Salmon, vol. 5, no. 2, 1999). Fishing was a passion Hughes pursued throughout his life, from the rivers of Devon to those of Alaska, inspiring many poems, including 'Pike' and those included in River (1983).

    The rods are a mixture of 2- and 3-pieces, some of cane and wood, others metal or man-made plastics. Makers include C. Farlow, House of Hardy, Forest & Sons of Kelso, Bruce, Paul Keen (A bamboo salmon rod), Mitchell Dry Fly, ABU svanska, Normark, and others. Two of the reels are wooden, the other metal by D. Seaters.

    The rods are housed in 2 old boxes, one of which has the remnants of an old label for Edgar M. Allen of Bideford, Devon (whose hobbies in the 1950 edition of Who's Who are listed as "horticulture, fishing and hunting").

    Provenance: Ted Hughes; Nicholas Hughes, then given to his sister Frieda.
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