Monday, 18 Jan 2021

forged From The past: The Livingston wallet

The Livingtson wallet from the American Museum of Fly Fishing

(photo and text credit: American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont)

This fly wallet including some beautiful trout and lake flies with custom illustrations belonged to Robert LaRhett Livingston (1844-1907) and his son Robert Forsyth Livingston (1886-1950). Robert Forsyth Livingston, a resident of big apple, held a deep fascination for the water that might sharply have an effect on his life. He labored within the marine assurance industry, developed his own sailboats (in addition to alluring cupboards and weather vanes), and fished his total life.

As new york residents, the Livingstons, now not exceptionally, bought most of their handle at Abbey & Imbrie. besides the fly wallets, their collection additionally contains objects from local address makers equivalent to Empire metropolis (an A & I trademark), Vom Hofe, Leonard, and Kiffe.

The magnitude of this assortment lies in the incontrovertible fact that the Livingstons were lifelong anglers who showed taste and discretion in their choices. while they had been no longer by any capacity noted individuals, the Livingston assortment is likely one of the most crucial organizations of artifacts in the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

The objects that both men gathered over virtually 70 years current the student of fly-fishing heritage with a useful appear on the variety of handle and machine owned by way of the commonplace angler in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Steve Woit is the writer of “Fly Fishing Treasures: the realm of Fly Fishers and amassing”, a ebook featuring profiles of 30 experts and collectors and over 800 images of rare and collectible fly rods, reels, flies, books, and ephemera.