With thanks to a number of forum members
I have had this rod in my keeping for a considerable time. It originally belonged to my dad. It came from a local maker in Uxbridge, who operated out of his bungalow. I have no memory at all of it being a complete usable rod, even in the 1960s the tip was smashed beyond repair. Thanks to Penninelad I now have a suitable tip section
The rod itself has a whole cane butt, with a 20" handle. The middle section is whole cane with a splice. The tip now, is split cane, giving an overall lenght of 11'9. I've stripped the rod and blued the female ferrules. The male ferrule for the tip (I kept it, despite the damage) actually had a split in it. I've repaired this but it meant lapping it (I hate lapping ferrules). Still, it is now a nice tight fit.
Some of the solder on the agate tip needed repair. The butt ring, needed replacing so I opted for a new Seymo one. Most but not all of the high bells were ok. Interesting point. Filing the feet to the profile I wanted showed that the original rings were far harder than the modern replacements.
Thanks to Harry H I have some nice green Gudebrod for the whipping. No inters is always a blessing.
I have to thank Ljm183 for his very useful posts viewtopic.php?f=198&t=10158&hilit=ring+spacing&start=60
very helpful for tip spacing
I didn't have any ferrule stoppers. I don't know if the rod even came with them as new. I had a couple of small ones, previously turned using my electric drill. One of these was used for the middle section. However, I didn't have anything large enough for the butt section. I hand carved one from a piece of square section beech. Hard on the fingers with a knife and sandpaper. Although I'm happy with the results.