Brown Trout Model Harry Ashford plaque is 12 by 25 in. inscribed on the backboard "Windermere, 16th May, 1907. 3 lbs 5 oz. H.H.N." inset Hardy Brothers (Alnwick) Ltd Manufactory tag
A twenty-two-inch-long salmon carving mounted to a backboard. According to Swanson, "Harry Ashford of London became the 1st formal Early Hardy fish model artist. This 1907 Brown trout from the Lake District of England is the earliest known marked Hardy."
Provenance: Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Ronald S. Swanson, "Fish Models, Plaques & Effigies," Far Hills, NJ, 2009, p. 158, fig. 264, exact fish illustrated. Ronald S. Swanson, "Fish Models, Plaques & Effigies," Decoy Magazine, July/August 1996, p. 8, exact fish illustrated. Ron Swanson, "Carved Fish, English Makers," Classic Angling, February 2001, p. 8, exact fish illustrated.
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