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The Bernard Venables Landing Net & Handle in new unused condition c1996

This net has remained in its original packaging since it left our workshop in 1996 and we have just unpacked it for the first time.  It is an exceptional example in every way.

Designed and built at the request of the late Bernard Venables, this pear-shaped net has a 6' circumference, measuring 26" front-to-back and 21" side-to-side.  All but the largest fish can be landed comfortably in it.

The hand tied knotless mesh has loops at the top through which the frame passes.  There is no seam at the bottom of the mesh, so it expands to accommodate the fish.  The 1" mesh size allows the free passage of water, thus reducing drag.

The best straight-grained American white ash is used for the frame, which has a superb varnish finish and is inscribed in Indian ink 'The Venables Net No32' on one inside face and 'E. Barder rod co. Makers. MCMXCVI' on the opposite face.

The specially cast naval bronze Y-shaped block is secured to the frame with flush-fitting stainless steel screws.

The 6' detachable handle is made from seasoned, tempered and bored-out Tonkin bamboo.  It is straightened, beautifully mottled, and impeccably varnished.  There are brass fittings at each end, with a rubber button fitted to the butt.  The handle comes in a fitted bag with a hanging loop and like the rods.

This net comes with its original Bernard Venables signed certificate of ownership.

Price: £1,200    

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