We started collecting Richard Wheatley boxes over 10 years ago and now have over 1000 items varying from wooden and aluminium boxes, fly books or wallets, printing blocks and items of ephemera. These span the complete time that Richard Wheatley has been in existence. I have simple leather covered card boxes from the 1860s up to prototypes and example of the boxes that we are making today. Richard Wheatley started as a leather worker making wallets and purses (as well as the occasional fly book.) The term fly wallet didn't exist in Richard Wheatley catalogue until the 1950s. Originally the Company produced equipment for all types of fishing although from the late 1960's onwards, it gained a reputation and concentrated on producing game fishing equipment
Here is a 1960 box which was intended for spinners. Here it is with quill minnows
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A pair of early black japanned fly boxes with 1904 patent clips. One for trout and the other for salmon flies.