Birmingham Fly Reel, Maker Unknown. Accession No. 1986.028.261. Diameter 2 1/2 inches, pillar length 1 inch, weight 6 ounces. This attractive reel, featuring bas relief angling scenes on the plates, was commercially produced in at least two sizes, both as a crank handle reel and as a revolving plate reel. It appears to be a Victorian era British product. The design was reproduced in Germany during the 1970s and it is now difficult to differentiate the original reels from the reproductions.
William Billinghurst Reel. Accession No. 1985.29.1. Diameter 3 inches, depth 3/4 inches, weight 3 1/4 ounces. William Billinghurst (1807-1880) was a well known gunsmith whose patent for a side-mount reel built of wire and castings is now considered to be the first American fly reel. The unique appearance of these reels has prompted some to refer to them as birdcage reels.
The Hardy St. George is simply steeped in history. Named for the Patron Saint of England, Hardy St. George reels were first introduced in 1911 to extend the Hardy range of fly reels and as a complement to their Perfect reel series. Made in Alnwick, England.Anodised 6061 barstock aluminium constructionAgate line guard set in nickel silver casing.Ivorine type handleInterchangeable spoolsWide ranging click check drag mechanism.3 screws latch systemDovetailed reel back secured with 2 stainless st...
Handmade wooden fly fishing reel from Scotland - made sometime in the mid 1800's
The patent drawing for William Billinghurst's sidemount reel. From the collection of the American Museum of Fly Fishing.