Shaper: Signed but illegible!?
Design: Egg style short-board
Year: Circa 1973?
Dimensions: 6'6" x 21" x 2.5"
So here is the first British board to make it to the blog and coincidentally it's my most recent acquisition. It is in excellent original condition with no serious damage or repairs - the foam it barely even tanned. The board is numbered 1106 and is also signed but alas this is somewhat illegible! The aesthetically pleasing egg shaped has a diamond tail, a fairly domed deck and a fair amount of flip in the nose. It is finished off with turquoise resin tint and pin lines on the rails and a nice swirled blue sprayed inlay on the bottom. Finally, this board both predates the arrival of leashes neither has it (or the fin) been modified to attach one.
It was previously owned by "Bilbo Jay", a fellow British collector who is best known for his appearance on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow back in the summer of 2011. In the picture above you can see the board centre right. Al's UK Collector Blog provides more info on this event and a link to it is provided below.