Meek’s reels were the first to have spiral cut internal gears and access holes to make lubrication easy. At the turn of the 20th century, for only about two years, some Meek reels were labeled as "Blue Grass Reel Works." Around the same time that the Kentucky reel makers were making their mark on fishing history, a father-and-son duo in New York City were producing reels that are among the most highly prized by collectors of antique fishing reels today.
Meek." When his son Sylvanus joined the firm, "and Sons" was added to the reel’s mark.
Sometimes, a mint reel with its box and papers may attract higher prices.
The major tackle companies frequently made certain models for two decades or more.
Lures have been made from a variety of materials over the years, like bone, plastic, bronze, and rubber.
But in the collecting world, wooden lures are the most desirable.
Credit for the invention of the fishing reel belongs to the Chinese, thanks to a description of a fishing reel in a book from the 3rd century. So are the reels of Edward vom Hofe, who started his company in New York 1867 (the firm would move to Philadelphia in 1940).
Fishing lures are designed to resemble fish prey, such as a frog or a small fish, and are often very colorful and detailed.
Therefore, only a small fraction of these reels have significant collector value.
The reels listed below are rarely listed beyond the range of -, and the value is highly dependent on condition.
His baitcasting reels had a protruding thumb lever, and the unique design makes them highly sought after today. To the north and east in Bangor, Maine were the reels of rod maker Hiram Leonard, whose 1877 reels featured gorgeous orange-and-black marbleized rubber end pates and handles.
Some of his reels were named after the influential fishing author Dr. A subsequent series of reels sported nickel silver frames accented with bronze rims.
Q1: Many of the questions received about older reels concern American level winding baitcasting reels mass-produced from the 1930s to the 1960s.