I grew up in a small ranch style house filled with victorian antiques at a time shag carpet and avocado green were in vogue. Our high tank pull chain toilets and porcelain water fixtures were a conversation topic with first time visitors. The noise alone would get your attention.
With no wall space or floor space to add more antiques, five, maybe six years ago my father's attention went to a candy apple red 34 Ford, complete with chrome engine. No fiberglass on this bad boy. At this point he discussed selling some of his collections - railroad watches, cork screws, children toys, children guns, adult guns, hand cuffs, swinger clocks, carriage clocks, and more.
We discussed auctions or a website. I made plans for using AntiquesPurveyor and just incase that time came for me, ClassicTacklePurveyor. My father couldn't part with his collections. Url's lapsed and then I repurchased them when the following event took place.
But the family was reluctant. They knew the collection was valuable and had special meaning to Chris, so they wanted to ensure that whomever acquired it would appreciate its aesthetic and cultural value. Since the sale proceeds would go to Chris's daughter, who is physically disabled, they also wanted to ensure that the collection was available to buyers who recognized the true monetary value of the rods and gear---many of which are nearly impossible to find in such excellent condition.
Once I had the chance to review the items and Chris's careful, personalized documentation, as well as his "Salmonid" posts on the Classic Fly Rod forum, it was clear to me that this website is the collection's proper home. Here you will find information on all 67 rods, 34 reels, and 5 vises, as well as leather reel cases/bags and leather rod tubes. And, while many have been sold, many valuable and unique items remain available.
I never met Chris - Salmonid - or communicated with him on the forum. After reading his notes, handling each item in his collection, and communicating on the phone with his friends about a few custom rods, I felt like I had known Chris. Funny thing how we feel connected to those who share the same passion.
I made a new friend in this process. And feel a great loss from his passing.