48: Abercrombie & Fitch Mahogany Tackle Box
This lift out drawer box was retailed under A&F from 1945-65. Measuring 13" x 7 3/4" x 7" the box was assembled using the richest grained solid Mahogany and finished with several coats of high luster lacquer. Finished with brass corner protectors, piano hinge, latches and handle, fitting snuggly in original custom tailored canvas cover. A wonderful example, in excellent condition with dry weatherproof rubber gasket around the lid.
Since the 1892 opening of the first waterfront store in Manhattan, New York, founder David T. Ab¬ercrombie had but one goal; to provide the highest quality equipment to the outdoor enthusiast. As a former trapper, prospector and topographer, Abercrombie was intimately familiar with the gear his new store provided, including designing much of the camping gear personally. By providing only the best hunting, fishing and camping items, he quickly became a favorite retailer of professional guides, explorers and trappers, including one Ezra Fitch. Leaving a successful law prac¬tice in Kingston, NY, the avid fisherman negotiated a partnership with Abercrombie and bought into the business in 1900. By 1904, the business had moved to a new address on Broadway and was incorporated, with the name officially changed to Abercrombie & Fitch. By 1906, the business again relocated, expanding to an entire warehouse that allowed room to both manufacture and display their wares. Differences between the two partners culminated in David Abercrombie leaving the business, resigning in 1907. Ezra Fitch continued to expand the business with his vision of bringing in not only the professional outdoorsmen, but the casual outdoorsmen as well. His expansion included displays of items as if in use, with camp scenes set up in the store, not packed away in boxes or on shelves. His business plan was a huge success, and the business once again expanded and relocated, this time to the corner of Madison Avenue and 45th Street. Claiming the location "Where the Blazed Trail Crosses the Boulevard", Fitch provided a literal outdoorsman's playground directly across from the famed Grand Central Station. Becoming the largest sporting goods store in the world, complete with a log cabin on the roof of his 12 story building, as well as a casting pool to allow anglers to test the gear they would purchase. They also provided a rifle range in the basement, giving hunters the same opportunity to test the equipment they considered purchasing. Boasting famous clientele such as Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway, Abercrombie & Fitch became the destination of sportsmen worldwide, and throughout its entire history, provided only the finest quality gear, with many exclusive items from notable companies such as Talbot, Winchester and many, many others. The line continued to expand to include absolutely everything related to the outdoors, including hot air ballooning, falconry, yachting, golfing and fencing. Leaving the business in 1928 to pursue his love of the outdoors, Ezra Fitch left behind a thriving business. For today's collectors, the name Abercrombie & Fitch is synonymous with high quality outdoor equipment. Imagine if you will standing at the head of the casting pool on the roof of a NYC building that housed the greatest sporting goods in the world as you browse through these 162 lots.