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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 1983.13.2
Maker Milam, Benjamin C.
Date 1896-1902
Material(s) German silver; ivory;
Dimensions H-2.75 W-3.5 D-2.625 inches
Description This is a No. 3 German silver baitcasting reel. It has a single handled crank without a counterbalance. The handle is made of ivory. The headcap has a decorative rope design around the rim that is reflected in the crank collar, crank screw, and two bottom posts. The headcap has both drag and click switches. The foot is attached with two screws to the bottom posts. The maker's mark is stamped on the headcap. The owner's name is engraved on the foot.
Notes 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. This reel was used by Harry Giovannoli of Danville.
Collection Leonard Giovannoli Museum Collection
People Milam, Benjamin C.
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS