Guide to the Charles F. Orvis Fly Catalogue, ca. 1874

Collection number: MS 301
Size: (1 folder) (0.01 cu.ft.)

About Charles F. Orvis

Charles F. Orvis (1856-1915) founded The Orvis Company in 1856 in his hometown of Manchester, Vermont. The company produced fishing rods, reels, and associated items of tackle. The company is now called Orvis and is known for its sporting equipment, clothing, and items for dogs.

About the Fly Catalogue

A small book containing 36 hand drawn fishing flies. Some are fully colored and named while others are still in pencil sketch stage. Included as well are a personal business card for Charles F. Orvis and his company an envelope depicting a fishing reel with a patent date of 1874. The spine of the book is stamped with the words "Flies", "Cheney" and "Orvis", indicating that it may be a precursor to "Fishing With The Fly" (1883, Charles F. Orvis and A. Nelson Cheney co-editors).

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Preferred Citation

Charles F. Orvis Catalogue, ca. 1874, MS 301, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase from Patrick McGahern Books, Inc., Ottawa, 2019.

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