An example of an early B James & Sons of Ealing, London, England Avocet split
cane rod. 11 foot 3 inches, in 3 sections of split cane construction throughout
and in fantastic condition. All the ferules fit perfectly. The eyes are all original.
The top and bottom eyes are agate. The whippings are excellent. It has the sort
after onion handle and a hook retainer by it. The rod is as straight as the day
it was made and it comes with the original bag, which is also in great condition.
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A very rare and very early B James & Sons of Ealing, London AVOCET Rod. Possible
one of the rarest avocets known to collectors apart from the built to endure label.
To give a little background information to those who do not know, the Ealing avocet
is without doubt one of the nicest rods to own and use, Bob Southwell a man who
produced cane for such famous icons as Dick Walker etc was responsible for supplying
cane to B James for most of all the early James stable rods .The result was a stunning
dark flamed finish and feel which only a Southwell rod has. Now to the important
bit, naturally the rod has a trumpet flare, double shoulder collar in nickel silver
, the butt ring is clear / milky agate tip .The rod is whipped in green all of which
are undamaged and appear to be as original as the day it was made. All of the original
low cradle rings are undamaged. All sections are full length and straight with no
sets. The ferrules are popping and tight .Condition of the rod is first class apart
from one area which has a slight abrasion to the varnish after all the rod is over
60 years old. All of the transfers are 100% perfect.
The delightful and much rarer lighter sister to the ever popular Avocet. 11 feet
3 inches of the best split cane with several hundred intermediate whippings in traditional
claret. B James described the rod thus "sensitive and responsive, quick and light,
plenty of power and action. A delightfully well balanced, well fitted and beautifully
finished rod, the AVON PERFECTION will undoubtedly endear itself to all who use
it and form an essential part of the equipment of the keen all-round angler. Ideal
for long trotting or fishing close. The rod is in fine used condition and comes
with its original B James three sectioned bag .The transfers are complete and undamaged
including the word PERFECTION which you cannot see due to it scrolling round the
A nice example of the B James & Sons Avon Perfection Rod, but this one sadly
in need of some care and attention. Good condition markings and no obvious sign
of significant damage.
Now this is a rare rod and dates from before MK1V Carp rods had made B James
famous. B James Gold Oval logo and the Built to Endure logo. This rod is 12 feet
long with spliced split cane tip. Agate butt and SECOND rings (which also appeared
on the very first MK1Vs) and white tip ring. This rod is fitted with ferrule plugs
and original unnamed heavy duty canvas rod sleeve. The rod was refinished some years
ago in the original colour green and red silk and is straight with popping ferrules
and has a nice tight match action.
This is a another difficult rod to find. B James Grebe 8ft 6in Cane Rod. This
one is the 8 ft 6 in version. It was sold as a ledgering or spinning rod but they
actually make cracking Carp stalking rods as the Barder Carpcrawler/Carpstalker.
This example bears the England address with "GREBE" again in Indian ink as they
made to few to warrant transfers being made. Donut cork handle end, and all writing
is complete and undamaged.
Never seen one of these before but here goes - an example of a B James vintage
fly rod "the Kennet Perfection", in superb condition complete with bag. The whippings,
eyes and varnish is in pristine condition as is the cork handle. Shame that it is
not possible to see the lettering on the rod.
A very nice usable Kennet Perfection. Onion cork handle, and B James & Son London, England Indian ink lettering.
Straight cane, tight ferrules good varnish and all writing is complete Comes
in new old stock high quality bag.
Kennet Perfection split cane coarse rod 11'-5" long which has the B James and
Sons, London, England logo. The condition is excellent, showing very few signs of
use and comes complete with it's original B James labelled bag and hardwood ferrule
plugs. The dark, tempered cane is sound and straight with just a hint of droop in
the tip section only, the agate lined tip and butt rings are undamaged and the ferrules
A Kennet Perfection 11 foot 6 inch 3 piece split cane river rod made by B James
& Son. The rod is in excellent condition with no marks or scratches, lovingly looked
after, and complete with original bag.
A good condition Kennet Perfection
A example of a B James and Sons - Peter Tombelson Rod, 1959 Boat Show Issue with
black butt and black reel fittings. Hand written Peter Tombelson, possibly one of
the rarest B James and Sons Rods around. You are unlikely to ever see another. Courtesy
of Steve from Beckenham, Kent.
A 10ft two piece split cane rod called "Richard Walker Mark IV Avon". The rod
has a 25 inch full cork handle with trumpet end, aluminium sliding winch fittings,
aluminium shoulder collar tapered butt cap with black rubber button with reinforced
brass end suction ferrules. Whipped in wine coloured thread with intermediate whippings.
Excellent condition, nice and straight, good transfer, original bag.
Another nice example of the Mark IV Avon courtesy of Steve from Beckenham, Kent.
Ten feet of the finest split cane and a proper original 1lb test curve
MK1V Avon as Richard Walker designed the rod. The later donut handled rod had a
beefed up test curve and is not such a nice rod to use as this model is. A classic
late 1950s example that is useful rod suitable for both ledgering for Barbel, Chub
and of course Carp and Tench in Summer - Oh yes and Perch. Straight cane with a
super aged patina, tight popping ferrule, good varnish and all writing is complete
as new and in fact the rod appears little used as the photos show.
Another very fine example of a B James & Son Richard Walker Mk IV Carp Rod.
All original with no obvious repairs.
Rings in super condition including the ceramic butt and tip rings. Reel bands of the knurled type fit nice and snug and the rod still has the original orange butt button.
Generally in super condition throughout apart from the original rod bag which has seen better days.
A very fine and rare B James & Son, London, England, Richard Walker Mk IV 2 piece
split cane carp rod presented in fantastic original condition and complete with
makers cloth bag. This vintage rod, which dates from the early 1950's has the onion
handle and dark green whippings. This rod is straight and the ferrules are tight.
Rod is 100% original and has only seen light use.
Another nice example of the Mark IV courtesy of Steve from Beckenham, Kent.
A nice, rare B James & Son - Richard Walker Mark IV Carp rod, it was made for
the 1959 boat show, it is rare due to the fact the reel and butt fittings are black,
(they are supposed to be that colour) excellent condition, intermediate whipped,
the writing is all there, the rod is a superb example with the bonus of the rare
fittings, the bag has the original badge on it but has been remade to very high
A rod from B James & Son in association with Bruce and Walker - The Trotter-Compound
Taper 11.5ft. This Rod is in excellent condition with original bag. It is a three
piece rod, two sections plus butt. Ceramic butt and tip eyes. All eyes, whippings
and graphics are original. This rod is beautiful to use but is too soft for commercial
carping. For somebody who likes to trot the upper reaches for Chub and Roach it
is spot on. Alternatively, this is an old rod and may be suitable for a collector
as I have not seen another anywhere.
Unknown Maker - Mark IV Carp Rod - Cane Bamboo - New and custom finished.
Dark honey coloured cane, oven tempered, and planed to original Walker taper. Varnished
using high quality tung based spar varnish. Full length cork handle with aluminium
reel fitting and butt cap. Brass original Super Z ferrules. The rod will be finished
with hard chrome intermediate rings, with white agate lined tip and butt guides.
Unknown Maker - a lovely Richard Walker Mark IV, hexagonal Cane Carp Rod.
Look and feels like an original Richard Walker Carp Rod. Thought to be one of the
modern remakes of this classic Walker rod using a modern blank. Stunning condition,
intermediate whipped, lined bottom ring, full cork handle.