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ARTHUR KOVALOVSKY – Hollywood Ca.

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Arthur Kovalovsky was born in 1881 in White Church Hungry where he trained as a metal-smith as a young teen.  At the age of 22, Kovalovsky boarded the SS La Touraine departing from Le Havre France on December 26, 1903, and arrived at Ellis Island in early 1904.  Kovalovsky headed for St. Louis and where he worked on street-cars and later automobiles and motorcycles.  A quick study, Kovalovsky designed and built a five-cylinder rotary engine for which he received a patent.

Kovalovsky was also keen on aviation and made friends with Louis Bleriot who had flown the English Channel and was performing as a barnstormer throughout the mid-west.  With Bleriot encouragement, Kovalovsky set about designing and building his own airplane.  First, he built the engine and then the frame while his wife, Anna, sewed canvas to cover the wings and fuselage.

On the day the engine was to be installed into his airplane, Kovalovsky left his shop and headed to the hangar where the airplane's frame was waiting.  While passing under electrified street-car wires the magneto was demagnetized and the engine would not start and had to be rewound.  The delay was an untimely one and by the time the engine had been repaired someone had stolen the body of the plane.  A few years later Kovalovsky was informed that the plane had been found in Australia.

In 1918 Kovalovsky moved to Los Angeles California and opened an automobile repair shop in neighboring Hollywood.  Kovalovsky was an avid hunter and fisherman and in July of 1927 landed a 400-pound black sea bass off the Port Hueneme Wharf.  Being both a fisherman and an inventor it seems only natural that he would build a fishing reel of his own design and, in 1928, that is exactly what he did.  Over the next three years, Kovalovsky continued to repair automobiles but his reputation as a reel maker was beginning to gain momentum so in 1931 he decided to go strictly into the reel making business.  It was the height of the great depression but the rich still had money and Kovalovsky was making the best reels money could buy so his business thrived.  Kovalovsky's reels had the best drag in the business and his attention to detail and style insured there would always be a waiting list to acquire one of his reels.  His son, Oscar, joined him in the shop and the output of reels and rods increased.authur-kovalovsky-reel-hollywood-california

Zane Grey was one of his best customers and when Kovalovsky came up with his new lever drag reel Grey agreed to endorse it.  The reel was Kovalovsky's top of the line reel and was marked and sold as the Kovalovsky "Zane Grey" reel.   Ever the tinkerer and inventor, Kovalovsky constantly improved on his own designs and over the years made several different models and many one of a kind reels.

Because of restrictions placed on materials during World War II Kovalovsky had to stop building reels, however, he resumed production again when the war was over.  In 1958 at the age of 77, he suffered a heart attack and passed away shortly thereafter.  Arguably the finest big game reels ever made, today Kovalovsky's reels are highly sought after by collectors.

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Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum - Early With Four Screws In The Counterbalance

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum - Modified Drag

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 10/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 9/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 6/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum - Early With Fixed Counterbalance

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 6/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 6/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Micarta 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Micarta - With Rod Braces

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 14/0 - Micarta - Early

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 14/0 - Micarta

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 14/0 - Micarta

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 3/0 - Micarta 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 18/0 - Chrome Over Brass - Early Reel With Fixed Counterbalance

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 10/0 - Aluminum - Earliest Model With Fixed Counterbalance And Round Name Tag

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Chrome Over Brass 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Chrome Over Brass

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Chrome Over Brass

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 14/0 - Chrome Over Brass

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 9/0 - Chrome Over Brass

Kovalovsky - Type I - Standard Model - Round Drag Housing - Cradle Style Rod Holder

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Round Drag Housing - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Round Drag Housing - Silver Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 16/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 12/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 12/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 9/0 - Round Drag Housing - Micarta

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 9/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 9/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 6/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 5/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - Standard Type I - 4/0 - Round Drag Housing 

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 16/0 - Stainless Steel - Earliest Patent Model - Pre-"Zane Grey" Stamp

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 20/0 - Micarta And Stainless Steel 

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 20/0 - Clear Anodized Aluminum - Cradle Configuration For Rod

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 18/0 - Stainless Steel 

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 16/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum - Pre-"Zane Grey" Stamp

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 16/0 - Clear Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 16/0 - Clear Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 16/0 - Micarta 

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 16/0 - Micarta 

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 16/0 - Micarta

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 14/0 - Clear Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey" Model - 14/0 - Micarta

Kovalovsky - "C" Type - "Commander" - 16/0 - Clear Anodized Aluminum & Micarta 

Kovalovsky - "C" Type - "Commander" - 16/0 - Clear Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - "C" Type - "Commander" - 16/0 - Cradle Style Rod Holder - Early

Kovalovsky - "C" Type - 9/0 - Brass - Earliest Version

Kovalovsky - "C" Type - 9/0 - Clear Anodized Aluminum 

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 16/0 - Special Micarta Model

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 16/0 - Gray Anodized Aluminum - Scarce Left Handed Reel

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 16/0 - Gray Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 9/0 - Special Micarta Model

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 9/0 - Gray Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 9/0 - Gray Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 9/0 - Blue Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 6/0 - Special Micarta Model

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 6/0 - Grey Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Standard Model Type II - 2/0 - Grey Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - 20/0 - "Dual Speed" Model - Micarta  

Kovalovsky - "Zane Grey Duplex" - 20/0 - Two Speed Reel

Kovalovsky - 20/0 - One Of A Kind - Stainless Steel - Made For Zane Grey

Kovalovsky - Lever Drag Model - 16/0 - Micarta

Kovalovsky - "Esquire" - 16/0

Kovalovsky - Lever Drag Model - 14/0 - Micarta 

Kovalovsky - Special Lever Drag Model - 12/0 - Micarta 

Kovalovsky - Lever Drag Model - 9/0 - Micarta

Kovalovsky - Lever Drag Model - 6/0 - Micarta

Kovalovsky - Model 600 - 9/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Model 400 - 9/0 - Gold & Silver Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Model 400 - 9/0 - Gold & Silver Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Model 300 - 6/0 - Gold Anodized Aluminum

Kovalovsky - Through Pillar Drag - 6/0 - Stainless Steel & Micarta

Kovalovsky - Through Pillar Drag - 6/0 - Hard Rubber & Chrome Over Brass

Kovalovsky - Through Pillar Drag - 6/0 - Hard Rubber & Chrome Over Brass