Vintage Cane and Graphite Rods From an Estate

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1) R.L. Winston 7 1/2' 3p 2t for DT 4 line, 3 1/8 oz. Serial number 3350. Winston blond cane, 3x3 node spacing, mirror matched tips. D/L NS screw lock over satinwood(?) insert terminating in a 6" cigar grip, typical Winston wraps tipped red at hook keeper and ferrules, overwrapped Duronze ferrules, S/R hook keeper, bamboo winding check, gorgeous agate stripper, black guides. Owner’s name inked above grip.

This Brackett-era Winston has a very smooth medium-fast action in hand. Grip clean with slight ridging and reel seat immaculate, ferrules separate with a nice pop. This rod has been fastidiously cared for and appears new. The butt cap has been covered with a rubber bumper to prevent scuffing. Ferrules are snug and seat well. They sure knew how to make a nice casting tool at Winston when Glenn and the boys were in the shop! Original bag and case. $2,175 SALE PENDING!

 Vintage Winston Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

2) Leonard 38H, 2p 2t. for DT3/4 lines, size 11 ferrules w/witness marks. Leonard blond cane w/3 x 3 node spacing, red C/P wraps, strap and ring hook keeper, terminating in diminutive 5" cigar grip, w/ varnished butternut mortised spacer, d/l NS cap and ring stamped "HL Leonard Rod Company, Makers". Serial number 2319.

Both tips full length, but with pronounced fishing sets. Two clear overwraps, possibly factory-done, are present: one is 1” long and is located about 4” above the grip, the second is ½” long and located below the 3rd guide on one tip. The purpose of these overwraps is unclear as I see nothing untoward with the cane under magnification. Original labeled tube with poplin bag with stiffener. $995

Vintage Leonard Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Leonard Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Leonard Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Leonard Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Leonard Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Leonard Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

3) A.J. Thramer Classic Taper Series Payne 200L, 3p, 2t 8’ for DT4-5 line. Serial number D18. D/L oxidized NS cap and ring w/mortised cedar spacer, chocolate CP wraps tipped yellow at NS strap and ring hook keeper and ferrules, oxidized NS step down ferrules, 6” cigar grip terminating in an oxidized NS hexagonal winding check, richly flamed cane w/ 3x3 node spacing and mirror-matched tips.

A wonderful rod in excellent condition showing only the slightest signs of use. Slight grip soiling and some bluing loss on male ferrule of mid. I've long been a fan of AJ's work as he produced a very clean rod at an amazingly modest price, but sadly is no longer building. With original bag and labeled case. $1,095 SALE PENDING!

Vintage A.J. Thramer Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage A.J. Thramer Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage A.J. Thramer Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage A.J. Thramer Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

4) Orvis Midge 7 1/2' 2p, 2 t. 3 5/8 oz. for DT5 line. Richly flamed Orvis impregnated cane, 3x3 node spacing, D/L aluminum screw lock seat with walnut spacer, bright guides, oxidized step-down ferrules, original writing crisp and intact, tapered 6” cigar grip, original translucent brown silk wraps, serial number 71486. (1973)

Rod is in fantastic condition, impregnated shafts buffed to high luster, some slight grip soiling and ridging, bluing very good. Delightful medium action with a size 11 ferrule, marked for a WF5 line it would be equally adept with a DT4 and faster casting stroke. Straight and tight, original bag and labeled case. $749 SALE PENDING!

 Vintage Orvis Midge Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Orvis Midge Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Orvis Midge Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Orvis Midge Cane rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

5) Bellinger 6'9" 2p 2t for DT3. Medium fast/tippy action. Serial number 106. Lightly flamed cane w/novel node staggering scheme, maroon wraps, black snakes and oxidized agate stripper, oxidized Super Z ferrules w/wood, NS and cork ferrule plug, 6” Western grip, uplocking slide band seat with stabilized morticed amboena(?) spacer. Rod shows almost no signs of use, slight grip soiling,NS seat could use a polish to bring it back to gleaming, but in overall excellent condition. With original bag and case. $1,095 SALE PENDING!

Vintage Bellinger Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Bellinger Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Bellinger Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Bellinger Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

6) J.D. Wagner Custom Signature Series Model 373-FS 7’3” 3p. 2t. 4-5 wt. Serial number 207-27 Fast, smooth action. Richly flamed cane, 3x3 node spacing, swelled butt, mirror matched tips, standard wraps with fine black tipping, sterling silver rope braid hook keeper, 6” cigar grip w/oxidized hexagonal winding check, D/L Venneri nickel silver screw lock seat w/highly figured black ash burl spacer, black guides with agate stripper.

Custom-made to a customer’s specifications, this rod was made with a swelled butt which turns our normal medium action FS taper into a much faster rod. Some very minute grip soiling, one tip has a slight fishing set, bluing 100%. Original labeled bag and tube, brass caps could use a polish. $1,895 SALE PENDING!

Vintage Wagner Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Wagner Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Wagner Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Wagner Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

7) Hardy Marvel 7’6” 2p. 2t. for 2-3-4 wt lines. Slow. Serial number E75054. Blond cane w/3x3 node stagger, oxidized ferrules, reverse twist snakes wrapped C/P green, aluminium D/L slide band and hooded cap, grip and reel seat 8” OAL, aluminium winding check, S/R hook keeper, agate stripper and agate ring tip tops.

A very cool, super delicate rod with some issues. Varnish fair, wraps dry, one tip down ½” and re-wrapped(possibly factory), stripper agate cracked. Tips have male ferrule covers but cover for male on mid missing, cork ridging. Hook keeper re-wrapped partially obscuring writing. All that said, could be a great candidate for resto, with original bag and Hardy impressed tube. $295 SOLD!

Vintage Hardy Marvel Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Marvel Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Marvel Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Marvel Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

8) Hardy ‘The Palakona’ 6’ 2p. 2t. for 5 wt line. Fast. 180CM Blond cane w/3x3 node stagger, oxidized ferrules, reverse twist snakes wrapped C/P black tipped green, aluminium D/L slide band and hooded cap, grip and reel seat 9” OAL, aluminium winding check, S/R hook keeper, agate stripper, aluminium ferrule plug.

Great condition, sections are straight, full length, excellent varnish. Correct labeled bag, tube top impressed with hardy logo. Bag reeks of mothballs. $995 SALE PENDING!

Vintage Hardy Palakona Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Palakona Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Palakona Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Palakona Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

9) Thomas and Thomas Midge 7' 2p 2t for DT4 line, Maxwell-era, serial number 2537. Medium flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, mirror matched tips, cute abruptly swelled butt- a T&T trademark, Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper wrapped in off white translucent silk , dark brown C/P silks at ferrules, 5" cigar grip, D/L cap and ring with varnished walnut spacer, oxidized NS ferrules and reel seat hardware.

In original condition, this rod has some issues and could benefit from a professional resto. Both tips have pronounced fishing sets. The stripping guide has been poorly re-wrapped and it appears that at some point the thread at the hook keeper began to separate and was crudely touched up, cork ridging, bluing wear to the C/R seat. Original bag and case w/engraved brass cap. $1,295

Vintage T&T Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage T&T Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage T&T Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage T&T Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage T&T Cane Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

10) Thomas and Thomas Hendrickson 6’6” 2p 2t for DT4 line, Serial number 3708. Medium flamed cane, 3 x 3 node spacing, cute abruptly swelled butt- a T&T trademark, Perfection guides and Mildrum stripper wrapped in off white translucent silk tipped cinnamon , dark brown C/P silks at ferrules, 5" cigar grip, D/L cap and ring impressed w/T&T logo with varnished walnut spacer, oxidized NS ferrules, female impressed w/ TT and reel seat hardware.

Original condition, some grip soiling, both tips straight and tight, varnish good. One tip is a professional replacement but lighter in color, bluing wear to the C/R seat. Original bag and case w/engraved brass cap. Original bag and well-worn leather case w/TT logo. $1,395

Vintage T&T Midge, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage T&T Midge, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage T&T Midge, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage T&T Midge, J.D. Wagner, Agent

11) R.L. Winston LT 7’9” 5p. for 3 line, Serial number 106320. Fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Western grip terminating in U/L NS screw lock with zebrawood spacer. Butt cap has always been covered with a rubber button, so outside of minor tarnish is unblemished. Minor grip soiling, NM. Original bag and labeled tube. $595

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

12) R.L. Winston LT 8’9” 5p. for 4 line, Serial number 71117. Fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Western grip terminating in U/L NS screw lock with zebrawood spacer. Minor blems on blank but nothing to affect integrity. Grip soiling, some fine scratches on butt cap, NS could use a polish, some blems to the spacer. GC. Original bag and labeled tube with tape reinforcing label and a couple blems. $449

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

13) R.L. Winston LT 9’ 5p. for 6 line, Serial number 58584. Fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Western grip terminating in U/L NS screw lock with zebrawood spacer. Minor blems on blank but nothing to affect integrity. Grip soiling, some fine scratches on butt cap, NS could use a polish, some blems to the spacer. GC. Original bag and labeled tube with a couple blems. $449 SALE PENDING!

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

14) R.L. Winston BL5 10’ 5p. for 7 line, Serial number 76391. Fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, dual ceramic ring strippers, 6 ½” full Wells grip terminating in and anodized aluminum screw lock with fishing butt. Minor blems on blank but nothing to affect integrity. Grip soiling, some blems to the knurling on the locknut. GC. Original bag and labeled tube with a couple blems. $299

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

15) R.L. Winston WT 7’ 3p. for 2 line, Serial number 102382. Medium. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Western grip terminating in U/L NS screw lock with bird’s eye spacer. Butt cap has always been covered with a rubber button, so outside of minor tarnish is unblemished. Minor grip soiling, NM. Inked with owner’s name. Original bag and labeled tube w/minor scuffs. $749

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

16) R.L. Winston IM6 8’6” 3p. for 3 line, Serial number 38078. Fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Wells grip terminating in D/L NS slide band and pocketed butt cap with walnut spacer. Butt cap has always been covered with a rubber button, so outside of minor tarnish is unblemished. Grip soiling, a couple very minute blems on blank but nothing to affect integrity. Original bag and labeled tube. $495

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

17) R.L. Winston IM6 9’ 3p. for 5 line, Serial number 66502. Fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Western grip terminating in U/L NS screw lock with zebrawood spacer. Grip soiling, minor tarnish to NS S/L and superficial scratches to end of butt cap, a couple very minute blems on blank but nothing to affect integrity. Original bag and labeled tube. $495

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

18) R.L. Winston WT 10’ 3p. for 4 line, Serial number 112462. Medium fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Western grip terminating in U/L NS screw lock with maple burl spacer. Grip soiling, minor tarnish to NS S/L and superficial scratches to end of butt cap, a couple very minute blems on blank but nothing to affect integrity. Original bag and labeled tube. $795

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

19) Winston Rod/Reel Case: Lined interior tube with 5 sections up to 27” long with large area for reel to remain attached to butt. Some slight soiling. $29 SOLD!

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

20) Hardy Gem Smuggler 5p. 7’9” for 4 line, Serial number 1KH171902. Fast. Green blank, chrome snakes wrapped forest green, ceramic ring stripper, 7” Western grip terminating in U/L NS screw lock with rosewood(?) spacer. Grip soiling, fine scratches on butt cap, NS could use a polish, a couple very minute blems on the blank not affecting integrity. Original bag and labeled tube leather presentation tube. $495 SALE PENDING!

Vintage Hardy Gem Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Winston Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

21) Hardy Perfection Glass 3p. 7’6” for 4 line, Serial number 1IH170728. Wonderful medium/slow action!!! Black blank, chrome snakes wrapped red, ceramic ring stripper, 9” cork grip/reelseat grip terminating in D/L aluminium hood and butt cap. Grip soiling, butt cap has always been covered with a rubber hood to prevent scratching but there is some minor tarnish that can be polished out, one superficial scratch about 3/8” long on the tip coating not affecting integrity. Original ferrule plugs, bag and labeled tube. $275 SOLD!

Vintage Hardy Perfection Glass Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Perfection Glass Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

22)Thomas and Thomas PA905-3 9’ 3p. for 5 line, serial number 29-579. Dark blue blank, ‘gold’ snakes wrapped blue, ceramic ring stripper, 7” Western grip terminating in an U/L S/L seat with rosewood(?) spacer. Grip soiling, butt cap has always been covered with a rubber hood to prevent scratching but there is some minor tarnish that can be polished out, some unidentified residue on reel seat spacer. Original bag and labeled tube. $345

Vintage Graphite Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Hardy Perfection Glass Rod, J.D. Wagner, Agent

23) Orvis Helios Ion 7’6” 4p. for 3 line. Midflex. Dark olive blank, chrome snakes wrapped red, ceramic ring stripper, 8 ½” OAL superfine grip terminating in mortised cork seat with dual gold anodized slip rings. Original bag and labeled tube. $445

Vintage Orvis Helios Ion J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Orvis Helios Ion J.D. Wagner, Agent

24) Orvis Superfine 5.5 8’ 4p. for 4 line. Fullflex. Maroon blank, chrome snakes wrapped red, ceramic ring stripper, 6 ½” Western grip terminating in an U/L anodized aluminum S/L w/stabilized amboena spacer. Original bag and labeled tube. $379

Vintage Orvis Superfine 5.5 J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Orvis Superfine 5.5 J.D. Wagner, Agent

25) Orvis HLS 1oz. 7’ 2p. for 4 line. Medium. Gray blank, chrome snakes wrapped black, ceramic ring stripper. 8” OAL superfine grip terminating in mortised cork seat with dual black anodized slip rings. Grip soiling and small chip of cork missing at end of seat. Original bag and labeled tube. $275

Vintage Orvis HLS 1oz., J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Orvis HLS 1oz., J.D. Wagner, agent

26) Orvis Superfine 5.5 6’6” 2p. for 2 line. Fullflex. Gray blank, chrome snakes wrapped red, ceramic ring stripper, 8” OAL superfine grip terminating in mortised cork seat with dual black anodized slip rings. Minor grip soiling. Original bag and labeled tube. $325

Vintage Orvis Superfine 5.5., J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Orvis Superfine 5.5., J.D. Wagner, agent

27) Sage TXL 000710-3 7’10” 3p. for 000 line, Fast. : dark olive blank wrapped olive translucent silk over hard chrome snakes and chrome ceramic ring stripper, 6” Western grip terminating in an U/L screw lock with seat with zebrawood(?) spacer.

A couple very minute scuffs on blank, grip soiling, NS seat hardware could use a polish to bring to as-new, slight marring to reel seat spacer from reel foot. Original bag and labeled tube. $625

Vintage Sage TXL, J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Sage TXL, J.D. Wagner, agent

28) Browning Silaflex Model 322960 6’ 2p for 5 wt line: brown fiberglass w/chrome guides wrapped with brown and yellow NCP thread. 6” grip terminating in a bronze-color anodized D/L screw lock. Fiberglass ferrule. Grip soiling, otherwise, the blank and wraps are perfect, decals good. Original labeled bag and tube. $180

Vintage Browning Silaflex rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Browning Silaflex rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Browning Silaflex rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

29) Redington Hydrogen 21104 11’ 4p for 2 line. Gray blank, chrome single foot guides wrapped brown, ceramic ring stripper, 9 ½” grip, w 3 ½” spey pommel, grey anodized aluminum U/L S/L seat. Grip soiling. Original labeled tube. $165

Vintage Redington rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Redington rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

30) Greys XF2 Streamflex Plus 9’6” 3p for 3 line. Fast. Grey blank, chrome single foot guides wrapped brown, ceramic ring stripper, 7” Western grip, grey anodized aluminum U/L S/L seat. Grip soiling, aluminum end cap has some scratches. Original labeled tube. $145

Vintage Greys streamflex rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Greys streamflex rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

31) Abel FF 905-4 4p for 5 line. Fast. Gray blank, chrome guides wrapped black, ceramic ring stripper, 6 1/2” Western grip, black anodized aluminum U/L S/L seat. Grip soiling. Blank has some small dings, rather crudely applied ‘witness marks’ can be polished off. Original labeled tube. $195

Vintage Abel graphite rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Abel graphite rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

32) Hexagraph 7’6” 2p for 4-5 line. Serial number 6297601 Fast. Laminated graphite and foam painted to look like bamboo, fooling no one. Chrome guides wrapped red, NS super Z style ferrules. 7” cigar grip, anodized aluminum U/L S/L seat. Grip soiling and some light tarnish on NS ferrules. Original labeled bag and tube. $599

Vintage Powell Hexagraph rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

Vintage Powell Hexagraph rod, J.D. Wagner, agent

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