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QUESTION: Rich, I have an angler's Choice split-bamboo rod No. 253 that is in mint/unused condition. Can you give me some idea of it's value? Thanks, jack

You did not mention length, type of rod (fly or cast) So here's some general information:
According to Antique & Collectable Fishing Rods: Identification & Value Guide Homel, Dan. 1997: There was a Model 152  and 158  as well as "Angler's Choice". There were 7' , 8' and 8 1/2 ' respectively.   The number rods were 2 sections with 2 tips while the Anglers Choice was 3 sections with 2 tips.
Rod Model     Poor-Fair    good-vg      ex-mint Prices   
  152          50          165          325
  158          40          135          275
Anglers Choice    30          95          195
Odds are very good your rod is not excellent mint.
Your rod was not superficially mentioned in Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook by Michael Sinclair.
Sorry no history on these boys.
Good Luck
Rich Mac

From other sources
The Sewell N. Dunton & Son Rod Co was established when Sewell N. Dunton assisted in the foreclosure of what was the Montague Rod Co. Sewell N. Dunton purchased machinery, bamboo stocks, which included partially finished rods, components etc. and moved the new company to Greenfield MA.

While Sewell never built rods himself, his son, Sewell N. Dunton Jr, did as well as several other builders Sewell hired from the now defunct Montague. Rods at Duntons were marked as Sewell N. Dunton INC (usually those made from blanks that existed from Montague and several other makers who Sewell purchased stocks from) and the Anglers Choice Rods which varied in their fittings, top grades often used Super Z ferrules and excellent components that rivaled the best rods of the day.

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QUESTION: It is a casting rod, around 51/2 ft, 2 section,numbered 253. As to condition, there is no indication that it has ever been used and looks original, brand new.

I doubt if it is worth $50 - casting rods just aren't collected.
So the finish is smooth through the rod when you run a finger on it. The cork is light colored - not many colors. The threads are all cemented down with finish?
Sorry  you should see what people tell me is mint condition.


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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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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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