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Fishing - General

Some say that fishing gear from the days of old has a sort of romance to it—perhaps a reminder of simpler times or a memory of a childhood excursion. With that emotion, and a bit of nostalgic thinking, a collector will find an entire world of fishing gear available.

The earliest evidence of fishing gear dates back China in 4th century B.C. During that time, anglers fished with bamboo rods, silk line, and needle hooks.

The first modern fishing gear appeared during the 1700s and 1800s when rods, reels, lures, baits, creels, bobbers, and tackle boxes became available commercially. It was from this time period to the '40s that fishing equipment experienced its golden age. Equipment made during this time period continues to increase in value.


Quick Facts

  • Early fishing creels were made of leather as well as wicker and willow. Bonham’s auctioned a rare 19th century example for nearly $13,000 in 2008, a record-setting amount
  • The Phantom Minnow is considered the earliest version of the false minnow. It was produced in the late 1800s and was one of the first baits to have both a barbed and treble hook together
  • A fishing decoy made in the '30s by Ray Albert Thompson of Park Falls, Minnesota sold for a record $15,000 at a 2008 Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. auction

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EARLY JOHN LUKE EASTMAN "BEACH BALL" SIGNED SERIGRAPH
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
EARLY JOHN LUKE EASTMAN "BEACH BALL" SIGNED SERIGRAPH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
R.M. Ball's improved favorite washer
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
R.M. Ball's improved favorite washer
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1104 Bids
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FISHING CREEL 20th Century Length 14”.
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
FISHING CREEL 20th Century Length 14”.
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
BALL BEER TAP KNOB GEM WALTER BREWING MENASHA WI
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
BALL BEER TAP KNOB GEM WALTER BREWING MENASHA WI
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Miscellaneous Tackle Box
Oct 29, 12:00 PM PDT
Miscellaneous Tackle Box
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $25- $30
$101 Bid
Rare dark blue large glass fishing float 35 cm wide
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Rare dark blue large glass fishing float 35 cm wide
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD501 Bid
Blue large glass fishing float 35 cm wide
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Blue large glass fishing float 35 cm wide
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD501 Bid
Vintage blue glass fishing float 30 cm wide
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Vintage blue glass fishing float 30 cm wide
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
Vintage blue glass fishing float 30 cm wide
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Vintage blue glass fishing float 30 cm wide
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
A vintage wicker fishing creel, 8 1/2 x 14 x 6 in. (21.6 x 35.6 x 15.3 cm)
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A vintage wicker fishing creel, 8 1/2 x 14 x 6 in. (21.6 x 35.6 x 15.3 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $50- $75
$301 Bid
A wicker fishing creel, 7 3/4 x 14 x 7 1/2 in. (19.7 x 35.6 x 19.1 cm)
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A wicker fishing creel, 7 3/4 x 14 x 7 1/2 in. (19.7 x 35.6 x 19.1 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $50- $75
$301 Bid
A vintage wicker fishing creel, 7 1/2 x 14 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (19.6 x 37.5 x 14 cm)
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A vintage wicker fishing creel, 7 1/2 x 14 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (19.6 x 37.5 x 14 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $40- $60
$201 Bid
A large wicker fishing creel, 11 1/2 x 17 x 10 in. (29.2 x 43.2 x 25.4 cm)
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A large wicker fishing creel, 11 1/2 x 17 x 10 in. (29.2 x 43.2 x 25.4 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $40- $60
$201 Bid
A wicker fishing creel, 8 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 6 in. (21 x 36.8 x 15.2 cm)
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A wicker fishing creel, 8 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 6 in. (21 x 36.8 x 15.2 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $50- $75
$301 Bid
A wicker fishing creel with thin leather strap. 10 x 18 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (25.4 x 47 x 19.1 cm)
Nov 06, 9:00 AM PDT
A wicker fishing creel with thin leather strap. 10 x 18 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (25.4 x 47 x 19.1 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $70- $90
$401 Bid
ANTIQUE BIJOU FISHING TACKLE BOX
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE BIJOU FISHING TACKLE BOX
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $75- $150
$500 Bids
BALL BEER TAP KNOB AL'S BLOOMER WISCONSIN
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
BALL BEER TAP KNOB AL'S BLOOMER WISCONSIN
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Victorian Personal Correspondence Collection various letters most to Edward and Alice Ball from
Oct 27, 6:00 PM BST
Victorian Personal Correspondence Collection various letters most to Edward and Alice Ball from
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £10- £14
£100 Bids
A Haida hand painted glass fishing float, Diameter: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
A Haida hand painted glass fishing float, Diameter: 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
BALL BEER TAP KNOB HOCHGREVE BREWING GREEN BAY WI
Dec 04, 9:00 AM CST
BALL BEER TAP KNOB HOCHGREVE BREWING GREEN BAY WI
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Y CARVED EIGHT-SPHERE IVORY PUZZLE BALL LATE QING DYNASTY-REPUBLIC PERIOD, 19TH-20TH CENTURY
Nov 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Y CARVED EIGHT-SPHERE IVORY PUZZLE BALL LATE QING DYNASTY-REPUBLIC PERIOD, 19TH-20TH CENTURY
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
ANTIQUE DAYAK CARVED HORN MUSKET BALL HOLDER BORNEO
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE DAYAK CARVED HORN MUSKET BALL HOLDER BORNEO
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $500- $1,000
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Fishing - General


Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Woodlands Auctions

Woodlands Auctions

Eldred's

Eldred's

Millers Auction Co.

Millers Auction Co.