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Kentucky, Fly, Collectible & Big Game Fishing Reels 

A Division of 'Custom Rod & Reel',  Lighthouse Point, Florida

Tom Greene

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Tom Greene's personal collection 2014

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Reel #     Description  
1 J. F. & B. F. Meek, Frankfort, Ky., No. 1, wide spool, early numbered screws, very rare configuration and size

$13,500

J. F. & B. F. Meek reel, No. 1, wide spool, numbered screws    

In 1835, Jonathan began making reels with his brother Benjamin as his apprentice. They made reels marked "J.F. & B.F. Meek" from about 1839 to 1850. The earliest reels are simply marked with the name and city. Later reels were also marked with a reel size like No. 2, No. 3, etc. The reel size indicated the reel's line capacity. The larger the number, the larger the reel. Another apprentice with B.F. Meek named Benjamin C. Milam was hired in 1837. Milam later went on to make his own line of reels. (R. Gast)

2 B. C. Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No. 2, sn. 6126, GS

$1,900

 

B. C. Milam No. 2 reel   B. C. Milam, No. 2,
3 Meek & Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No 1, four dots on foot, GS

$4,400

Meek & Milam, No. 1 reel   Meek & Milam, No 1,
4 B. C. Milam & Son, Frankfort, Ky., No. 2, number 2 on foot, marked 'M. G. Buchner, Nashville, Tenn.', GS

$3,600

B. C. Milam & Son, No. 2 reel   B. C. Milam & Son, No. 2, number
5 J. F. & B. F. Meek, Frankfort, Ky., size 4 or 5, but no stamped number, wide spool, early numbered screws, 12 O'Clock half handle. Number 16 on the foot.

P.O.R

 

J. F. & B. F. Meek, No. 1, wide spool, early numbered screws   J. F. & B. F. Meek, No. 1, wide spool, early numbered screws
6 B. F. Meek & Sons, Louisville, Ky., No. 4, sn. 1312, GS

$3,300

B. F. Meek & Sons, No. 4 reel   B. F. Meek & Sons, No. 4
7 Meek & Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No 2, numbered screws

$3,300

Meek & Milam, No. 2, numbered screws   eek & Milam, No 2, numbered screws
8 B. F. Meek & Sons, Louisville, Ky., No. 2, sn. 4306 on foot. GS

$1,700

B. F. Meek & Sons, No. 2 reel  B. F. Meek & Sons, No. 2,
9 Wm. H. Talbot, Premier No. 2, Nevada, Mo. Reel, sn. 2543, GS, Pat. 1901

$2,000

Wm. H. Talbot, No. 2 Nevada reel   Wm. H. Talbot, Premier # 2,
10 B. C. Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No. 5, sn. 5934 (?), GS., engraved: 'W. H. Peckham'

$3,500

B. C. Milam, No. 5 reel   B. C. Milam, No. 5,

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