This is a fascinating box as the exterior gives no indication of the interest within. The exterior is plain aluminium. When opened, it reveals an intricately fitted interior for fly-making. In the base are 16 spring-opening glass-covered compartments to hold the flies and each of these contains at least one or more already constructed tiny flies with slightly varying sizes of hook. The lining of the lid is of leather and has two loops – one for a pair of scissors and one for a pair of tweezers. When opened, there is a feather for use in constructing the flies, and a small envelope containing fine line holding five hooks. The condition is very good for age and use apart from some weakness of the leather in spots, and not all of the tiny compartments close easily but they spring open briskly. The scissors cut well but possibly not completely to the tips. The aluminium has minimal staining and the box opens and closes securely. It does not appear to have a maker’s name. This would be a most interesting box to add to the collection of a fishing enthusiast, or possibly to use. 6 ins (15.2cm) x 3.5 ins (8.9cm) x 1 ins (2.5cm). Weight 206 grams.
This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 260.
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Complete Aluminium Fly-fishing Compendium, c1940
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