Brothers Jonathan and Benjamin Meek were watchmakers in Frankfort Kentucky in the 1830s. Around 1840, the Meek Brothers started building high quality casting reels in several small sizes for fishing freshwater lakes and streams. During the course of their run in business, the Meeks made reels in larger sizes as well to include reels for striped bass and muskie fishing as well as a line of larger tarpon and tuna reels.
Over the years Meek reels were stamped differently, here are some of the different ways you will find Meek reels marked. "MEEK" - "J.F. & B.F. MEEK" - "B.F. MEEK" - "B.F. MEEK & SONS" - "MEEK & MILAM". B. F. Meek moved to Louisville and the markings on their reels reflect this change from Frankfort to Louisville. Later Meek reels were massed produced and had "BLUEGRASS REEL WORKS" or "BLUEGRASS" stamped on them often along with the "B.F. MEEK" stamp.
Meek also made a German silver fly reel which was stamped "B.F. Meek & Sons No. 44", these reels are highly collectible.
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