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BRADLEY – New York, N.Y.

Very little is known about this unusual little casting reel or its maker, Willard H. Bradley.  The Bradley reel is stamped with a patent date of September 22, 1868, and in the patent, it talks about the reel being used with a sinker which would indicate that the reel was designed to be a casting reel and not a fly reel.  Examples of this unusual reel have been found made of brass and nickel silver.

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Bradley Casting Reel

Bradley Casting Reel