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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 1980.10.1
Maker B.C. Milam & Son; Milam, John
Date 1915-1928
Material(s) Brass/Ivory/Nickel
Dimensions H-2.25 W-4 D-2.5 inches
Description This is a Rustic No. 3 baitcasting reel. It has a single handled crank with counterbalance. The handle is made on ivory. The headcap is plain and appears to be chromed. There are switches on both the headcap and tailplate. The marker's mark is stamped on the headcap.
Notes The Milam Family was in the reelmaking business in Frankfort from the 1840s until 1927. Ben C. Milam (1821-1904) worked as an apprentice in the shop of watchmaker Johnathan Meek. When the J.F. & B.F. Meek Company failed in 1852, Milam entered a partnership with Ben Meek as fishing reelmakers and watchmakers, with Milam as the primary reelmaker. In 1881, Milam began stamping reels under his own name. That stamp was altered in 1902 to recognize the contributions of his son, John (1859-1928) who became a full partner in 1890. John Milam continued manufacturing reels under the "B.C. MILAM & SON" stamp until 1927.
Collection George Stagg Collection
People Milam, John
B.C. Milam & Son
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS