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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 1970.11.1
Maker B.C. Milam & Son; Milam, John
Date 1902-1928
Material(s) Brass/Ivory/Nickel
Dimensions H-2.5 W-3.75 D-2.75 inches
Description This is a No. 3 german silver baitcasting reel. It has a single handled crank with a counterbalance. The handle is ivory. The reel has a click installed. The headcap has a decorative rope design on it's rim. The maker's mark and model number are stamped in the headcap. The marker's mark is over-stamped.
Notes 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. Milam reels won awards at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and numerous other sites.
Collection George T. Stagg Collection
People B.C. Milam & Son
Milam, John
Milam, Benjamin C.
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS