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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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RIFFE MARAUDER STYLE UNDERWATER SPEARGUN 72"
Nov 28, 4:00 PM EST
RIFFE MARAUDER STYLE UNDERWATER SPEARGUN 72"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$500 Bids
A Glass Floater
Nov 27, 1:00 PM EST
A Glass Floater
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Mechanics or Tackle Box
Nov 27, 1:00 PM EST
A Mechanics or Tackle Box
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Group of Cast Net Sinkers, Lead Round Ball Fishing Weights
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Group of Cast Net Sinkers, Lead Round Ball Fishing Weights
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $25- $50
$200 Bids
HAND MADE FISHING NET
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
HAND MADE FISHING NET
by White's Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
[3] FISHING TOURNAMENT PATCHES
Dec 19, 12:30 PM EST
[3] FISHING TOURNAMENT PATCHES
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $80- $300
$120 Bids
A glass fishing buoy with rope netting, together with a buoy netting only, (2 items), the glass example 32cm high
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A glass fishing buoy with rope netting, together with a buoy netting only, (2 items), the glass example 32cm high
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1600 Bids
A vintage green glass fishing buoy with rope netting, 20th century, an impressive 38cm wide
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A vintage green glass fishing buoy with rope netting, 20th century, an impressive 38cm wide
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1800 Bids
Large Group of Antique Fishing Related Items
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Large Group of Antique Fishing Related Items
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
A vintage glass fishing buoy in rope netting, 28cm diameter
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A vintage glass fishing buoy in rope netting, 28cm diameter
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1200 Bids
Cultural hardwood fishing spears (h:295cm)
Dec 01, 11:00 AM AEDT
Cultural hardwood fishing spears (h:295cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD400 Bids
A quantity of fishing flies and floats.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A quantity of fishing flies and floats.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £20- £30
£200 Bids
A vintage fishing line winder.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A vintage fishing line winder.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £20- £30
£200 Bids
A quantity of fishing equipment.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A quantity of fishing equipment.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £20- £30
£200 Bids
4 HUNTING & FISHING SPEARS & A QUIVER OF ARROWS.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
4 HUNTING & FISHING SPEARS & A QUIVER OF ARROWS.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Tackle Logic Tackle Box With Fishing Accessories
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Tackle Logic Tackle Box With Fishing Accessories
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Fishing - General


Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers

Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Lawsons

Lawsons