Edward Vom Hofe Restigouche Model 423 3/0

SKU: VFT4649

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  • For sale here is a very scarce and potentially unique Edward Vom Hofe trout fly reel. Purported to be made between 1875 and 1880, this early version of what became known as the Peerless model features hard-rubber sideplates and rims, made prior to the next version in approximately 1880 that incorporated protective german silver bands to protect the hard rubber. It also features bolstered german silver pillars, while the pillars on earliest reels did not have bolstered pillars. The recessed handle crank was also an improvement in design that prevented the line from getting tangled in the handle arm. The maker's mark on the headplate is faint but still easy to see under magnification. There is one very faint hairline crack in the rim at the four to five o'clock position in the last photo. Most of these early all hard rubber rimmed models did not survive due to the brittle nature of the unprotected rims.

    The dimensions of this reel also make it unusual compared to its early peers, in that most of the very early Peerless models were much smaller. This reel has a diameter of 2 3/4" and a pillar width of 13/16". The reel weighs 3.85 oz. The reel foot, straight and unmolested, measures 2 5/8" in length.

    Mechanically the reel remains in excellent condition with a fixed click and a smooth winding operation.

    In the book, "Land of Little Rivers" by Austin McK. Francis (which will be included as part of this sale), there are four early Peerless reels shown from Hoagy Carmichael's collection. These four reels represent other early and smaller versions of the Peerless reel. You can easily see the evolution in the designs of these models and where the one we have for sale fits in timing-wise. The first reel shown, and all german silver model sold years ago for ~$28,000 at auction. In the below photo, the same maker's mark can be seen on the crank arm of this first model. If you are interested, please email me and I can send you a photo of these four early reels.



    For reel collectors out there, this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire such an early gem from the legendary Edward Vom Hofe. Reasonable offers are encouraged.

  • Shipping:

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    Domestic Shipping - USA

    Shipping
    Item Value 
    Cost
    USPS Priority Mail $0 – $49.99 $7
    USPS Priority Mail
    $50 – $99.99 $9
    USPS Priority Mail
    $100 – $199.99 $15
    USPS Priority Mail
    $200 – $299.99 $18
    USPS Priority Mail
    $300 – $499.99 $22
    USPS Priority Mail $500 – $749.99 $30
    USPS Priority Mail $750 – $1,249.99 $38
    USPS Priority Mail $1,250 – $1,749.99 $45
    USPS Priority Mail $1,750 – $2,499.99 $52
    USPS Priority Mail $2,500 – $3,499.99 $70
    USPS Priority Mail $3,500 – $4,999.99 $100
    USPS Priority Mail $5,000 and up $150

     

    International Shipping - Canada

    Shipping
    Item Value 
    Shipping Cost
    USPS First Class Mail (only available for reels and other small packages) $0 - $400 $30
    USPS Priority Mail $0 - $1,000 $50
    USPS Express Mail $0 - $599.99 $65
    USPS Express Mail $600 – $999.99 $75
    USPS Express Mail $1,000 – $1,499.99 $80
    USPS Express Mail $1,500 – $1,999.99 $85
    USPS Express Mail $2,000 – $3,499.99 $100
    USPS Express Mail $3,500 – $4,999.99 $120
    USPS Express Mail $5,000 and up $175

     

    International Shipping - Japan

    Shipping
    Item Value 
    Shipping Cost
    USPS First Class (only available for reels and other small packages) $0 – $400 $35
    USPS Priority Mail International (6-10 days) $0 – $999.99 $68
    USPS Express Mail International $0 – $999.99 $100
    USPS Express Mail International $1,000 – $1,799.99 $110
    USPS Express Mail International $1,800 – $2,999.99 $135
    USPS Express Mail International
    $3,000 – $4,999.99 $150
    USPS Express Mail International
    $5,000.00 and up $175

     

    International Shipping - Rest of World

    Shipping
    Item Value 
    Shipping Cost
    USPS First Class (for reels and other small packages only) $0 – $400 $30
    USPS Priority Mail International (6-10 days) $0 – $999.99 $60
    USPS Express Mail International $0 – $499.99 $80
    USPS Express Mail International $500 – $999.99 $90
    USPS Express Mail International $1,000 – $1,799.99 $100
    USPS Express Mail International $1,800 – $2,999.99 $115
    USPS Express Mail International $3,000 – $4,999.99 $150
    USPS Express Mail International
    $5,000.00 and up $175

    Returns:

    All items come with a  3-day inspection period during which they can be returned to us for a full refund (provided that they are in the same condition in which they left our shop). Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. If an item is returned, we will issue a refund within 10 days. Refunds will be either administered by providing a check or, when possible, by canceling a credit card purchase.

    Other Terms

    Please note that any international customs duties (such as VAT, etc.) are the responsibility of the buyer. Massachusetts residents must pay a 6.25% sales tax on all purchases.

     

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