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I recently added a new öld"pole to my collection.I am having a difficult time finding 411 on it.If you cant help maybe you can advise another site.The pole info is as follows ARMAX metal collapsible 4 sections approx 5ft oa.On handle is stamped ARMAX Trade Mark Made USA 7030 Pat appld for NO pat #s It is in good condition.Has unique reel seat hold down Chromed seat butt cap &ferrule housing. I would like all 411 available and a guesstamate on value Thank  you for any help you can provide DJW So Cal

Dave ,
If you have been searching for information on your metal fishing rod using the term 'pole', I am not surprised if did not find  information. A pole is a eastern European while a rod is a fishing tool.

I don't understand collapsible 4 sections approx specifically '5ft oa' nor 'unique reel seat hold down Chromed seat butt cap & ferrule housing'? You also have some texting abbreviations, that I am pretty sure, someone who knows vintage rods like me, is not going to get.

Price Book:
Antique & Collectible  Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide by Homel, Dan. 1997 #2nd edition 2000# add about 30% for age of book.

Some Armax rods were made by Winchester.
Homel does not list the Armax #7030.

Here are 2 steel Armax brand rods in Homel with values for poor, good, excellent condition respectively.

Telescopic steel fly/bait rod 9' with reversible handle    20   50   100
Tubular steel bait casting rod 4 1/2' #4/1# c.1930          20   45   95

The only time I have seen these metal rods sell for more than 25 was to a restaurant to decorate a wall.
A recent search of completed items on ebay confirms the above 'guesstamate'.

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Rich Mac McGaughey


I can answer questions on graphite fly rod building and bamboo rod restoration and making. I can guide people to restorers . I can guide people to rod building components on the internet as well as catalog. I can help them identify and value their bamboo fly rods with a picture .

If you are asking for the id of an old rod

please give a complete description send pictures especially labels or logos with detailed thorough description** to me and a complete including as much the following as you can: Is it? fly or casting rod ? Reel seat is below or above the cork handle ? Check metal for id and patents ? What is it made of; bamboo ( flat sided) fiberglass or graphite ( round)? Weight in oz? What is the diameter of the rod above the cork? Where was it purchased ? What type of metal nickel-silver, tin, or chrome platted brass? A complete description of any logos or labels. Length of rod per section and number of sections. Total rod length.

Please read the following if the rod has either of the following two labels

Montague or H-I (Horrocks-Ibbotson).

They are looked down upon by the collecting community and often they are justified. They were mass produced , rather heavy and very slow. They are not going to resale for very much.

Two books are available at larger libraries to get history and or value:
Antique & Collectable Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide Homel, Dan. 1997
Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook -Michael Sinclair

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Because of my knowledge I can help you sell and get a good price for your vintage bamboo fly rod. email email Mac


I have been restoring bamboo fly rods for 15 years and making graphite for 17 .

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**example of a thorough description of a label: The Shakespeare decal is olive green ovals with gold foil banner bearing the word "Shakespeare" in script. The remainder of the of the lettering is block style reading on top Honor Built and on the bottom of oval , Made in USA. The writing is away from the grip.

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