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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 2011.80
Maker Meek & Milam
Date 1858
Material(s) silver, ivory
Dimensions H-3.5 W-2.75 inches
Description The entire fishing reel is made of silver except for the handle which is ivory. There is a single handle. The reel foot is attached perpendicular to the reel and is made of silver as well. This is a Meek & Milam reel No. 2.
Notes It has the names of each owner engraved on the end. Reverend Phillip Fall, 1858; George L. Payne, 1885; Albert B. Blanton, 1941; Robert S. Howell, 1954

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 Dr. Robert Howell Collection
People Blanton, Albert B.
Fall, Reverend Phillip
Payne, George L.
Howell, Robert S.
Subjects Fishing
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS