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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 2003.40.31
Date ca. 1800
Material(s) Brass; bone;
Dimensions H-2.5 W-4.25 D-3.75 inches
Description This is a brass baitcasting reel. It has a single handled crank without a counterbalance. The handle is of bone. There is a switch in the headcap near the rear of the reel, possibly a drag switch. The foot is riveted to the base. The foot has parallel lines inscribed one each side with holes drilled along the lines.
Notes William Calk(1740-1823), from Prince William County, Virginia, came to Kentucky in 1775. Calk lived initially at Boonesborough, but eventually erected a cabin and later a house near Hinkston Creek in present day Mount Sterling, KY. Calk liked to fish. On April 22nd, 1775, two days after arriving at Boonesborough, he spent the evening fishing for catfish on the Kentucky River. The Calk collection includes two English-made brass multiplying reels, three tin tackle boxes, and a wrapped wire trot line with hand wrought iron hooks.
Collection Calk Family Collection
People Calk, William
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Search Terms Fishing reels
early Kentucky settlers
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS