A friend has just sent me these photos of a rather beautiful Hardy Silex - here's what he says about it (edited)
"Hardy 4 ¼” Silex Major (1928-30) with auxillary brake in very fine condition. The reel comes in a block leather case (not Hardy), and with the original 10 page manual for the reel. Additionally, a spare spool in a scarce original (Hardy) leather case. I have a long written provenance for this reel – back to its birth, through the previous owners (a Scandinavian Earl) death in 1947, a copy of the 1948 auction catalog of his tackle – incl. this reel – where it was sold to the person who has had the reel until I acquired it some 2 years ago."
[If anyone can advise on possible value we'd be very grateful]