Re: Fishing Reel

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Posted by dave ( on March 15, 2004 at 12:35:22:

found this on the net....look under letter C.

Questions about Antique Reels: Brands and Companies

Q1: Many of the questions received about older reels concern American level winding baitcasting reels mass-produced from the 1930s to the 1960s.

A: The vast majority of the mass-produced baitcasting reels (and fly reels, too, for that matter) made by the major tackle companies from the 1930s to the 1960s can still be found easily at flea markets and yard sales. Therefore, only a small fraction of these reels have significant collector value. The reels listed below are rarely listed beyond the range of $5-$50, and the value is highly dependent on condition. In general, only the highest quality reels (for example, a few made with nickel silver) or reels in mint condition command prices in the higher end of that range. Most are more valuable for fishing than as collectibles. 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. The precise dating of such models is often difficult without knowledge of various structural details. Listed below are some of the baitcasters found most commonly by collectors. The older models usually were made with nickel-plated brass, but after World War II, aluminum quickly became more widely used. Pflueger and Shakespeare reels are generally more popular with collectors than the other mass-produced reels, but most of their products remain in the category discussed here.

Many level wind reels from that period bear no brand names or are marked with names unfamiliar to most fishermen and collectors. Some of these reels were made by the major companies like Bronson, Shakespeare, or South Bend, but bore the brands of the retailers that ordered them. Comparison with reels of known makers usually identifies the manufacturer.

A. Bronson Green Hornet, Biltwell, Mercury, Altoona, Lashless, Fleetwing, Belmont
The Bronson Reel Co., organized in Bronson, Mich., in 1922, specialized in low- to mid-priced reels, and most of their products retain little value. The only exception is their line of Coxe-Bronson reels (See Question 10.).

B. J.C. Higgins
Higgins reels were sold by Sears, and they were made by various companies over the years.

C. Horrocks-Ibbotson
Horrocks-Ibbotson Co., Ithaca, N.Y., made a lot of tackle for a long time, most of it in the low- to mid-priced range. Although a few of their very early automatic fly reels are sought by collectors, their baitcasters have little value.

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