ANTIQUE REELS

Kentucky, Fly, Collectible & Big Game Fishing Reels 

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Tom Greene

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Tom Greene's personal collection 2014

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Reel #       Description  
56 Wm. H. Talbot Reel Co., Nevada, Mo.,  GS & Alum. 'Ben Hur' Fly Reel, size 101, dia. 2 1/2", 1" wide spool. S curved handle, Pat. 1901, scarce

  SOLD

Wm. H. Talbot, 'Ben Hur' fly reel Wm. H. Talbot Reel Co. GS & Alum. Ben Hur Fly Reel

The earliest Wm. H. Talbot reels were made in Nevada, MO from about 1895 to 1913.  In 1913 the company name Wm. H. Talbot Reel Co. was changed to Talbot Reel & Mfg. Co. and was moved to Kansas City, MO.  The most desirable Talbot reel for collectors is the 'Ben Hur' fly reel. It came in two sizes and all are considered very scarce. (R. Gast)

57 Meek & Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No. 4, marked 'E. E. McKay / 1866'

  SOLD

Meek & Milam, No. 4, brass reel Meek & Milam, No. 4 
58 B. C. Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No. 1, sn. 5170

  SOLD

B.C. Milam, No. 1, brass reel B. C. Milam, No. 1,
59 Thos. J. Conroy, Maker, NY, #60 on foot

$1,450

Thos. J. Conroy #60 reel
60 B. F. Meek & Sons, Louisville, Ky., No. 44, fly reel, second or third version, sn. 3736

  SOLD

B. F. Meek & Sons, No. 44, reel B. F. Meek & Sons, No. 44,

Built entirely of German silver, the renowned raised-rim No. 44 was the company's only single action fly reel which was introduced in late 1899 and continued in limited production until 1916, when the company was sold to Horton Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island. Described in "Classic & Antique Fly Fishing Tackle," by A.J. Campbell, page 185, "The Meek No. 44 was one of the most appealing fly reels ever built... it has sold for higher prices than either the Talbot Ben Hur or the Gayle Aluminum Trout Reel and remains one of the most coveted reels of the classic era."

61 James Heddon's Sons, No. 35,  # 1 on foot

$3,500

James Heddon's Sons, No. 35, reel James Heddon's Sons, No. 35
62 Heddon, No. 30, Made by Jas. Heddon's Sons, # 1 on foot

$7,500

Carter-Heddon, No. 30 reel Carter-Heddon, No. 30

Heddon hired William Carter and Jack Welch to develop a line of reels to compete with the Meek reels. In 1917, they introduced their first Carter-built reels. They were the No's 30, 35, 40 and 45. They were available for only a couple of years. The No. 30 was the most costly and is very rare. (R. Gast)

63 Thos. Chubb, Henshall-Van Antwerp, sn. 483

 

$3,500

 
64 C. H. Wisner, sn. 228, Michigan Reel, free spool, jeweled bearings

 

$3,900

C. H. Wisner reel   C. H. Wisner
65 Unknown maker, unmarked, multiplier, early with no GS on rims,  two clicks on the face are made of ebonite, not GS,  #4 on cross member

$1,900

66 Wm. Mills & Sons, raised pillar, multiplying reel, with free spool lever on face plate, Pat. '85, very rare

SOLD

Wm. Mills and Sons reel with free spool lever Wm. Mills & Sons, raised pillar reel,
67 Winchester, sn. 4161, with rare counter balance on handle, the 'Holy Grail' of Winchester casting reels, very rare feature

$595

Winchester reel with counter balanced handle Winchester, sn. 4161, with rare counter balance on handle

From 1920 through 1930 Winchester was one of the major manufacturers and retailers of fishing tackle in the USA . Winchester got into the reel business when it purchased the Andrew B. Hendryx Co. continuing to produce the lower quality reels of Hendryx, while adding some of their own designs.  Most of the other Winchester fishing tackle items sold in the Winchester stores were produced under contract by various makers.

68 J.F. & B.F. Meek, Frankfort, Ky., numbered screws, no sn, no model #, Size '4',  marked 'W.F.H.', end plate in two pieces, and soldered, GS

  SOLD

J. F. & B.F. Meek, numbered screws, size 4, end plate in two pieces J.F. & B.F. Meek, numbered screws
69 E. E. Eaton, Chicago, 'Kentucky',  # 3, c.1870 (Emma Eaton, Sporting Goods), GS, rare narrow spool configuration

$6,900

E. E. Eaton, Chicago, GS reel, No.3 E. E. Eaton, Chicago, 'Kentucky',  # 3
70 J. F & B. F. Meek, Frankfort, Ky., No. 4, number 2 on foot

  SOLD

J. F. and B. F. Meek, No. 4 reel J. F & B. F. Meek, No. 4
71 Meek & Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No. 1, numbered screws, two dots on foot, GS

$4,750

Meek & Milam, No. 1, numbered screws, reel Meek & Milam, No. 1, numbered screws
72 Meek & Milam, Frankfort, Ky., No. 1, numbered screws, two dots on foot, GS

$4,600

73 E. Holtzmann, N.Y., Pat. April 16, 1907, rare trout size, ultra light, Knurled face plate, free spool shift lever

$6,500

E. Holtzmann, Black Bass ultra light reel

E. Holtzmann reel featuring free spool with clutch and automatic drag. Holtzmann was based out of New York and made a limited number of special order reels to exact specifications. His reels have often been compared to Swiss watches in their degree of quality and precise craftsmanship. Circa 1920.

74 James Heddon's Sons, No. 4-18, 'windshield wiper', rubber ball spacer,  Pat. date on foot

$1,800

Heddon No. 4-18 reel, windshield wiper
75 J. F. & B. F. Meek, Frankfort, Ky., size '0' (zero), wide spool, long foot, 1830-40 time frame, 1 o'clock handle, ultra rare size

$46,000

J. F. & B. F. Meek, No. 0, brass reel, ultra rare
75a Snyder, Geo. W., Paris, Ky., un-cleaned except where the name is located...earliest and extremely rare

P.O.R

George W. Snyder, Paris, Ky. reel Geo. W. Snyder, Paris, Ky

George Snyder was a 19th-century reel maker from Paris, Kentucky. He is credited for inventing the very first American-made fishing reel in 1820. Snyder's reel was designed for fly fishing, and named the Kentucky Reel. Without patent or trademark protection, the Kentucky reel was quickly copied by many others, including Meek, Milam, Sage, Hardman and Gayle. These artisans were trained in jewelry fabrication and were experienced in cutting gears, constructing small parts, and doing precision work. (Wikipedia)

George Snyder, a silversmith and watchmaker, is recognized as the originator of the first Kentucky reel and has been called "the father of reelmaking in America." He was arguable the first maker of the multiplying reel in the United States.  George moved from Pennsylvania to Paris, Kentucky, in the early 1800's and became president of an angling club in 1810. He created his reels for friends and fellow anglers around 1815. Some were made of brass, but all were of the finest craftsmanship. His reels are considered historically the Holy Grail of fishing collectibles. To date the are five marked Snyder reels and a few unmarked ones that are similar in design. ( Ray Carver)

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