THE auction of a remarkable private collection of fine antiques – which includes some rare and unusual fishing items – accumulated by the late Cotswold entrepreneur, John Parry, is attracting significant interest from collectors and dealers from around the world.
From the success of his business ventures, throughout his life John Parry built up this extraordinarily rare collection. 

His passion and flair for acquiring antiques is demonstrated through the quality and diversity of the collection and its release onto the market will allow avid collectors, enthusiasts and dealers in many different areas from around the world to purchase unusual and particularly fine pieces.
Fishing tackle forms a part of John Parry’s collection and many of the items he actually used himself during his fishing trips.  The equipment includes a range of old and new hand crafted and factory made fishing rods, including a selection of Hardy of Alnwick rods.  There are also some reel boxes, salmon reels and early 20th century brass reels. 

Of particular note is the display case originating from the 1920s, which features a montage of fishing-related literature from the era and an intriguing stuffed fish.  This is expected to fetch between £300-500 at auction.
The fishing collection – which was displayed and housed in Parry’s Cotswold home in Chalford Hill – is to be auctioned by leading Gloucestershire auctioneers Bruton Knowles on 23 May 2003.
Simon Chorley, Head of Art and Antiques at Bruton Knowles comments, “John Parry was passionate about outdoor life and country pursuits and many pieces within his collection – including much of the fishing equipment – were acquired for his own personal use. 

The 1920s fishing display cabinet and early 20th century brass reels are highly desirable collectors items and are expected to create quite a stir at auction.
“This auction will be the most significant sale Bruton Knowles has held for over a decade – it will cause considerable local, national and international interest due to the character involved and the eclectic and exciting collections on offer. We are anticipating the entire collection of over 2,000 lots will realise in the region of £1 million.”
Other highlights of Parry’s exquisite collection include highly collectable paintings, antique equestrian and walking equipment, Grand Tour pieces, object virtue items, important clocks, oriental tribal rugs, Jacobean cushions, design icon furniture and a range of fine English and continental furniture.
Due to the size of the collection, the John Parry auction will be spread over five days (19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 May).  The fishing items will be auctioned on 23 May at 10.30am, at the Tithe Barn, Southam, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.
Viewing at the Tithe Barn, Southam, near Cheltenham is on the 15, 16 & 17 May, between 10am-4pm each day.  Illustrated catalogues are £20.