Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company
This Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company, Henry Loftie catalog is a great early pre 1900’s Catalog. Circa 1889, this cover has made it over a century protected for it to be enjoyed by collectors and American Fishing Historians a century later. I’ve always been fond of Antique Paper Goods like catalogs, invoices, ads and stories. Maybe I’m a dreamer, its just my thing, #itsmystorytotell I’ve always said. I cant imagine if I was first collecting an I got to view some of the things that have come out of the woodwork since I started in the mid 1990’s. I know for some its just a cover and not as exciting as a 5 Hook Heddon Minnow or for some even a Bagley Honey B in a Parrot finish.
I would love to ad a Syracuse Fish and Rod Bamboo Pole to my Collection or any other unique Items by Henry Loftie. If you have any leads or items please email me.
If you can step back into to 1889 you’ll see things like Montana, Washington, North Dakota, and South Dakota being admitted as states. Names like Seth Green and Monroe Green are synonymous with central NY fish hatcheries. Lure makers Such as WD Chapman, JT Buel, Pflueger, John Mann, FS Graves, Hawks and Ogilvy, J.B McHarg, John Pepper are all coming into their own and some were at their pinnacle while others in their infancy.
Henry Loftie the owner was widely known in the fly fishing circles of upstate NY. A man who had his fingers in everything from the Salt Mines, to Bricks, to Human Hair product such as tonics and wigs. He was also a creator of some wonderful Bamboo Fly Rods and their Paper Cases. One cant help wonder if the serine lake scene shown or depicted in the bottom left might have been from his home on Oneida Lake, or the stringer of fish landed by some of his friends and famous anglers such as Seth Green or Monroe Green, William C Harris, even President Grover Cleveland.
Anyhow I thought you would enjoy the cover as much as I.
If you have a Syracuse Bamboo Fly Rods, Cases or Henry Loftie Lures or material for sale please contact me.