Hawks Ogilvy 1889 Fishing Tackle Catalog
Here we have a Hawks Ogilvy 1889 Fishing Tackle Catalog cover. I had posted another early Henry Loftie Catalog cover and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the others. I’ve always enjoyed being able to look back in time, to see the American Fishing Industries roots being laid. To see some of the early verbiage or phrasing they used or to see who was selling who’s products. Early marketing wasn’t near what it is today, so word of mouth became fact of lore, so to speak.
Hawks and Ogilvy is another large trade house akin and synonymous with other Antique Fishing Tackle houses and distributors, such as Abbey and Imbrie, Clark’s and Horrocks, TH Bate and many others. Just like today we see the transformation and mergers of large conglomerates either through necessity or through the Fishing Industries “Natural Selection” if you will. I’m sure someone will correct me but Robert Ogilvy was in business prior to the combination of Hawks & Ogilvy and then again in 1893 we see Robert Ogilvy branch out alone. While a lot of thier material was re branded under thier name they used the Iron Cross to distinguish some of their items. But the list of items that they carried from Bamboo Hexagonal Fly Fishing rods to rods specific to Chumming, or Black Bass the list was staggering. The also re branded reels, you will find things like the traditional ball handle reel or multiplying types.
Hawks Ogilvy 1893 Inside Cover
In Presenting the ninth edition of our catalog and price list to the trade we take to opportunity to thank our customers for past favors and to solicit a continence of their patronage.
An actual experience of nearly 40 years strict personal supervision and a large an increasing stock, enable us to supply our customers with thoroughly reliable goods finished and packed in an attractive manner.
We invite special attention to our snelled hooks which have obtained a wide reputation of excellence of material and careful manufacture.
Hawks and Ogilvy