Heddon was one of the world's largest tackle manufactures having its start in Dowagiac, Michigan sometime in the late 1890s. James Heddon was initially a lure maker but decided to add reels to his fishing tackle line in 1917. Heddon's early reels were extremely well made so as to compete with the best reels being produced at that time.
Perhaps Heddon's most intriguing reels were their "Windshield Wiper" reels so named because of their unique oscillating level-wind mechanisms. There were two different versions of the "Windshield Wiper" reel and they were marked model 4-15 and model 4-18.
Later Heddon reels were mass produced and are not as collectible as their early German silver casting reels.
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