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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 1970.11.2
Maker Meek, J.F. & B.F.
Date 1835-1852
Material(s) Brass; ivory;
Dimensions H-1.75 W-3.5 D-2.75 inches
Description This is a Meek No. 1 brass baitcasting reel. It has a single crank with no counterbalance. The handle is made of ivory. The spool arbor is filled with fishing line. The foot is attached with two screws. The headcap has a bead around the edge but no additional knurling or decoration. The click and drag are both located on the headcap and are functional. Three of the screws on the headcap are numbered. The maker's mark and model number are stamped in the headcap.
Notes Donated by George Stagg as part of his 1970 donation of materials relating to his great grandfather B.C. Milam, a Frankfort jeweler. Ben Meek (1817-1901) and Ben C. Milam (1821-1904) were both apprentices in the watch and reelmaking shop of Ben Meeker's older brother Johnathan. The firm made reels until 1852 under the hallmark "J.F. & B.F. Meek." The firm failed in 1852. Johnathan Meek moved to Louisville. His two apprentices went into business for themselves as partners.
Collection George T. Stagg Collection
People Meek, J.F. & B.F.
Meek, J.F. & B.F.
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Search Terms Franklin County
Fishing reels
Meek, B.F.
Meek, J.F.
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS