2011 1st edition. 4to (220 x 285mm). Ppvii,ii150,ii. Colour and b/w photographs, illustrations. Green faux leather, upper board and spine titled in gilt. Edition limited to 75 copies. Fine in dust-wrapper. Signed by both authors. Number 37 of only 75 hardback copies. The definitive history of Dingley reels as well as a biography of master reelmaker, William Henry Dingley, 1860-1946. This is a copy of the hardback edition that was limited to only 75 signed and numbered copies. It sold out within thirty-six hours of the publisher announcing that they were taking pre-orders. "From Patrick Garner and Brian Taylor comes the definitive work on the life and career of W.H. Dingley. Beginning in 1860, when a fourteen year old William Henry Dingley apprenticed with master reelmaker Reuben Heaton, Dingley spent a lifetime crafting some of the finest reels ever made. From Heaton to David Slater to Hardy to J.J.S. Walker to finally making reels for himself in his modest shop, this book details the life and career of a true Victorian artist. For the first time, Dingley's story is told in print. The authors consulted numerous archives, catalogs, and vintage periodicals, and interviewed ex-Hardy and ex-Dingley reel makers. They handled original documents, corresponded with Dingley family members, and corrected rumours and previously published errors. Collectors from around the world sent the authors their prized examples of Dingley reels for analysis and photo-documentation. Almost sixty individual Dingley reels were studied, making this the definitive work on the subject." Chapters include:- W.H. Dingley: The early years; Dingley and the Hardy Bros.; The Dingley family and the church; The story of Dingley reels; Dingley: The later years; Reel terminology; How a small reel manufactory operated in England between the wars; W.H. Dingley, Westley Richards and other dealers; Dingley reel features; Dingley Uniqua-style reels; Dingley dry fly reels; Dingley St. George-style reels; Dingley Perfect-style reels; Dingley casting reels; Dingley sea reels; Dingley fixed-spool reels; A rare Dingley prototype by Stuart Tod; Dingley: Dealer catalogs; Dingley patents. Bookseller Inventory #
William Henry Dingley was arguably the most skilled English reelmaker of the 20th century. An inventor and consummate craftsman, Dingley's genius dominated more than 50 years of tackle history, an unrivaled feat. Both fishermen and collectors avidly seek his reels today. This book is the first that focuses on his life and his wide variety of reels.
From the late 19th century through three quarters of the 20th, Britain produced highly accomplished reel makers who, for more than a century, produced the finest fishing reels in the world. W.H. Dingley, who spent more than half of his life in the small country town of Alnwick, Northumberland in the northeast of England, is increasingly recognized as one of the most skilled of these exceptional craftsmen. Collectors know his works today by the now famous "D" that is often stamped inside his reels.
Although providing extensive biographical details-much of it in print for the first time-the book's prime purpose is to illustrate Dingley reels. Numerous photographs are provided, as well as rarely seen cuts of period catalogs. Research for the book included interviewing ex-Hardy and ex-Dingley reel makers, handling original documents, corresponding with Dingley family members, and correcting rumors and previously published errors. Collectors from around the world sent the authors their prized examples of Dingley reels for analysis and photo-documentation.
More than 60 Dingley reels are illustrated-including a number both rare and spectacular. Photographs illustrate exterior features, as well as internal gearing. Subtle period differences are shown, and numerous variations illustrated.
Dingley continued to work steadily until his death in 1946 at the age of 85. By the time he died, he had worked largely without pause in the English reel trade for almost 71 years. Few reel makers of any era rival Dingley in his production, creativity, and tenacious standards.
Title: D IS FOR DINGLEY: THE MASTER REELMAKER. By ...
Publisher: The Whitefish Press. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Book Description The Whitefish Press (Cincinnati, OH), 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1936702045