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Little is known about the Thompson reel or its maker.  What we do know is that the reel is a roughly made knock-off of the 1936 first model Fin-Nor "Big Drum" reel built by Fred Grieten in Miami, Florida.

Complete with a second handle and a narrow spool this reel has been found with, and without, Thompson's name stamped on the side-plate.

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Thompson - 7 Inch - Double Handle (Not Attached) - Big Game Reel