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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 1983.3
Date ca. 1855
Material(s) Brass/Wood/Marble
Dimensions H-3.5 W-4.875 D-3.25 inches
Description This appears to be a prototype of early multiple gear fishing reel. It is a brass reel with a headcap that suggests three gears. It has a single crank with a counterbalance. The handle is made of wood. The spool extends from the uppermost gear. There is a hole through the spool to receive fishing line. The design has no tailplate. The foot is screwed and glued to a wooden block which is mounted on marble base with a brass plaque. There are no maker's marks on the reel.
Notes The donor received this prototype from George Gayle's son, Clarence, in 1948. The brass plague reads:

"Old Fishing Reels"
Probably one of the first prototypes of early multiple geared reels. Might have been "hand" made by Geo. W. Gayle & Son, established 1855 or the Milams or Meeks, All Frankfort, KY. establishments.
Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Allen Gee
Collection Allen Gee Collection
People Meek & Milam
Meek, Benjamin
Meek, J.F. & B.F.
Meek, Jonathan
Milam, Benjamin C.
Gayle, George W.
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS