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Object Name Reel, Fishing
Catalog Number 1986.81.1
Date ca. 1880
Material(s) Brass/Ivory/Nickel
Dimensions H-1.625 W-2.875 D-2.5 inches
Description This is a German silver centrifugal geared baitcasting reel. It has a single crank with no counterbalance. The crank has an ivory handle. There is a spring loaded lever that extends from the headcap toward the rear of the reel. There are no maker's marks on the reel.
Notes This reel was owned, and possibly modified, by William D. VanAntwerp of Mount Sterling, Kentucky. VanAntwerp was a dentist who made fishing reels based on suggested improvements made by J.A. Henschall. Henshall, of Cynthiana, Kentucky, was a noted authority on "Kentucky" reels and an author on the subject. Henschall persuaded the Thomas H. Chubb Company to produce and market one of VanAntwerp's designs.
Collection Howard VanAntwerp Collection
People VanAntwerp, Willam D.
Henshall, J.A.
Subjects Fishing
Fishing & hunting gear
Sporting goods
Sports equipment
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS