aiglon-spinning-reel-france-vintage

Made in France and patented in 1949 the reels are marked – L’ Aiglon.  This salesman’s sample with its clear side-plates is unmarked.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your AIGLON reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   Aiglon – Salesman’s Sample

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allen-spinet-spinning-reel-fishing-england

Made in Glasgow Scotland and patented in 1926, this early little brass and alloy “Spinet” spinning reels with their exposed gears were produced in three different sizes. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your A. ALLAN reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY A. Allen…

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allcock-duplex-spinning-reel-fishing-england

S. Allcock & Son Ltd. reels were made in Reddich England.  Allcock’s first spinning reel, the Duplex, was patented in 1932.  Allcock made several different models of reels up into the mid-1950s.   For more information about S. Allcock & Son Ltd. reels please refer to: CLICK HERE for S. ALLCOCK. under Mitchell-Henry in our -…

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augermatic-spinning-reel-fishing-england

Augermatic reels were made in England and incorporate a unique lever system that opens the bail for casting the line.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your AUGERMATIC reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY Augermatic

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bowell-auto-reel-spinning-england-fishing

Made in England and patented in 1945, the Bowell Auto Reel reel came with either a half or full bail.  When the reel’s handle is turned backward the bail opens, when the handle is then turned forward, the bail closes and the line can be retrieved. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information…

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capta-spinning-reel-fishing-france

Capta reels were made in France and their first patent was granted in 1935.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your CAPTA reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY Capta

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chippindale-spinning-reel-england-fishing

Chippindale reels were made in England and they received their first patent in 1910.  There were four different versions of this early English spinning reel and all four versions have pretty much the same design and look. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your CHIPPINDALE reel. CLICK HERE -…

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doperr-spinning-reel-fishing-france

Doperr reels were made in Toulouse France and they received their first patent in 1941.  Doperr reels have a great art-deco style design and look about them. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your DOPERR reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY Doperr Doperr

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farshure-spinning-reel-fishing-england

Farshure reels were manufactured in England and received a patent in 1921. This early and oddly shaped reel came in two different sizes, a large salmon reel and a smaller trout reel. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your FARSHURE reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING…

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fin-nor-spinning-reel-gar-wood-jr-miami-florida-fishiing-4

Designed by Gar Wood Jr. and made in Miami Florida this bulletproof reel hit the market in 1959 just after Charlie Dunn of Southern Tackle had purchased the company.  The Fin-Nor spinner came in two different sizes, the “No.3” and the larger “No.4” size.  The Gar Wood Jr. designed spinning reels have a fixed bail…

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G.M.S-morfaux-spinning-reel-fishing-france

GMS reels were made in Toulouse France and received their first patent in 1937.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your G.M.S. MORFAUX reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   G.M.S. – “Morfaux”

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hardy-bros-altex-spinning-reel-fishing-england

Hardy Bros. of Alnwick England received their first patent for a spinning reel in 1932.  Hardy Bros. made four different models of spinning reels, their top of the line reel, the “ALTEX”, was made in several different sizes. Hardy also made the “EXALTA”, “HARDEX” and the “HYDRA” spinning reels. For more information about Hardy Bros.…

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helical-spinning-reel-redditch-england

The Helical Reel Co. was founded by A.E. Rudge in the early 1930s> Rudge, who had worked for Illingworth prior to setting out on his own designed, built and marketed  a reel that was very similar to the early Illingworth #2 and #3 reels.  Rudge held patents for his reels and sold them in two…

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Holliday was an American company located in Taunton, Massachusetts that had their reel built for them by Zangi of Torino, Italy.  The Holliday reel was designed by Ed Small in 1959, the same year it received its patent.  The Holliday Spinner came in three different sizes; the 30, 40 and 60.  Baseball great Ted Williams…

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howband-spinning-reel-fishing-england

The very unique Howband spinning reel was manufactured by Howell & Co. in Moseley, England during the mid to late 1940’s.  The reel was available in two different sizes.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your HOWBAN reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   Howband

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illingworth-#3-spinning-reel-fishing-england

Illingworth reels were made in England and are reputed to have been the first spinning reel ever produced.  The first version of the Illingworth reel looks very little like the spinning reels of today and was referred to as a Threadline Reel. Illingworth went on to make four subsequent versions of the Illingworth spinning reel…

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la-soie-spinning-reel-fishing-france

La Soie marketed and sold spinning reels that were invented by Frenchman Robert Gondrand Lecu.  La Soie reels were made in France and the model pictured below, with its odd-shaped bail, was patented in 1941. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your LA SOIE reel. CLICK HERE – to return to…

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leighton-spinning-reel-fishing-england-esher

Leighton spinning reels were made in England from the mid-1930s up until the 1950s by the Esher Manufacturing Co. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your LEIGHTON reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   Leighton – “Reel No.3”

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Major-Asso-spinning-reel-fishing-italy

The Major Asso spinning reel was manufactured in Italy in the 1930s and 1940s.  It can be said that the Major Asso bears a strong resemblance the Hardy Bros. “ALTEX” reel. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your MAJOR ASSO reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY…

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malloch-sidecaster-scotland-fishiing-reel-1

Peter Mallock of Perth, Scotland received the patent for the first Sidecaster style spinning reel in 1884.  Although Malloch’s also made fly reels their side casting reels were by far their best seller.  The reel changed very little over the years simply adding on different features.  Malloch’s made a multiplying side cast reel that is…

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merit-stadler-spinning-casting-reel-fishing-usa

Is it a spinning reel or a casting reel, you decide as this reel has features of both.  Merit Stadler reels were made from the late 1940s through the mid-1950s and are perhaps one of the oddest reels ever to show up at the old fishing hole. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information…

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novo-spinning-reel-fishing-italy

The Novo spinning reel, with its unusual pop-up bail, was made in Italy in the 1940s.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your NOVO reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   Novo

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nylisto-spinning-reel-fishing-holland

Nylisto reels were manufactured in the Netherlands in the 1950s just as plastics were being touted as the wave of the future.  These unusual reels were made of nylon and were, to say the least, a bit flimsy.  Time, along with repeated exposure to the elements took their toll on the Nylisto reels and they…

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palace-superb-spinning-reel-fishing-england

The Palace Superb is a very odd English spinning reel that was produced during the post-war 1940s.  The reel was manufactured in two different sizes. CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your PALACE SUPERB reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   Palace Superb

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Seamartin-spinning-reel-melbourne-australia-antique-fishing-reel-timber-cedar-wood

Designed and built by Cliff Martin, the Seamartin Spinning reel is considered by collectors Australia’s signature spinning reel.  Martin applied for the patent for his large, unusual, wood body spinning reel in 1959 and it was granted in 1962.  The reel is made of Cedar and is sealed to protect the inner workings including its…

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seamaster-spinning-reel-maimi-florida-fishing

Made in Miami Florida by Bob McChristian (Capt. Mack) in the 1950s and 1960s, the Seamaster spinning reel had the reputation of being able to stop a freight train. Seamaster spinners reels are considered by many to be the finest spinning reel ever made. For more information about Seamaster reels please refer to: CLICK HERE…

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sewing-machine-spinning-reel-fishing-belgium

The unusual Sewing Machine spinning reels were made in Belgium in the 1930s.  It is believed that the reels were built by factory workers who made them on their own time during lunch or after regular work hours.  Very few of these reels were ever produced making them a rare find today. CLICK HERE to…

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Targgart-Spinning-Reel-fishing-usa

Taggart spinning reels were made in Michigan in the mid 1950s.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your TAGGART reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   Taggart Spinning Reel

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TAP-spinning-reel-czechoslovakia-fishing-case

Tap reels were made in Czechoslovakia in the 1940s.   CLICK HERE to CONTACT US – for more information about or to sell your TAP reel. CLICK HERE – to return to our – SPINNING REEL GALLERY   Tap

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Uslan-500-spinning-reel-fishing-usa

Uslan spinning reels were designed by Nat Uslan, the famous rod maker from New York, however, they were built overseas.  Uslan was famous for his five-sided split bamboo fly rods which he touted as being stronger than the conventional six-sided fly rods that dominated the market.  Uslan put a raised pentagon on the side of…

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Van-Staal-Flip-Pallot-spinning-reel-fishiing-usa-gold

Although Van Stall reels are not that considered antiques, they are the first of a new generation of high-quality spinning reels made in the USA and worthy of mention here.  First introduced in 1992, the Van Staal reel is still being produced today by Zebco in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Early Van Staal reels came with a…

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zangi-trio-spinning-reel-italy-fishing

Zangi reels were made in Italy with their first patent being for their “TRIO” model reel in 1940.  Zangi produced more spinning reels than any other company in Italy.  Besides making their own reels, Zangi made reels for other companies including the Holliday spinning reel.  Over the years Zangi came out with several different models…

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spinning-reel-antique-fishing-unknown-maker

Here are a few examples of spinning reels whose makers are unknown.  Have you seen any of these reels before?  Can you help identify the maker of any of these reels? Do you have a reel whose maker you can’t identify?  Let us know and we will do our best to help you identify the…

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