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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number UNNUMBERED-30
Maker B.C. Milam & Son; Milam, John
Date 1902-1928
Material(s) Brass/Ivory/Nickel
Dimensions H-2.75 W-3.75 D-2.5 inches
Description This is a No. 3 brass baitcasting reel. The spool arbor, click switch, counterbalance, crank collar, crank screw, and spool caps are nickel plated. It has a single handled crank with a counterbalance. The handle is made of ivory. The foot is attached with two screws and is stamped 5. There is a triple rope design on the rim of the headcap that is reflected in the crank collar and screw. The maker's mark is on stamped on the headcap. The tailplate is engraved "W S Polsgrove."
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 KHS Museum Collection
People B.C. Milam & Son
Milam, John
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS