The following nine lots are formerly the property of Walter Durfee Coggeshall, an American living in the UK at the beginning of the 20th Century. Little known in his country of origin, he was described by the doyen of chalk Stream nymph fishing G.E.M. Skues as “America’s finest fly fisherman that ever lived”. The collection detailed below had been in storage for more than a century before being acquired by angling author/collector Graham Turner. Coggeshall was very likely responsible for introducing his friend and angling companion Skues to the rods of American maker Hiram L. Leonard, one of which, a 9’ example Skues affectionately referred to as The “WBR” (World’s Best Rod), presently resides on display in the Fly Fisher’s Club, London. A further 9’ example, formerly the property of Coggeshall, was purchased by Carl Otto von Keinbush and is now displayed at the Fly Fisher’s Club of New York.
Graham Turner wrote an article for ORCA (Old Reels Collectors Association of America) magazine in July 2020 detailing his acquisition of and the history behind the various Coggeshall tackle offered below, a copy can be read or downloaded here:
These nine lots are further items from the Graham Turner collection, a number of which were used for research purposes and can be identified as illustrations in the ORCA article of the Coggeshall collection offered above, see the following link for full article: