B F Meek Reels – Louisville, KY

B F Meek reels were made from 1883 to 1892. He was also a jeweler and watch maker in Frankfort, KY and had made J.F. & B.F. marked reels with his brother (circa 1839 to 1850). Later, he was partners with former fellow apprentice B.C. Milam and made and marked their reels “Meek & Milam” (circa 1853 to 1881). He moved to Louisville in 1882 where he established his reel making shop with his sons Pitman and Sylvanus. These reels were marked “B.F. Meek”. He is credited with making the first reel to incorporate spiral cut gears, jeweled pivot bearings and oil holes for the bearings. B F Meek reels are made of German silver material. They are sometimes found with gold sliding buttons for the click and drag. B F Meek, the reel maker, died in 1901.


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Photo of B.F. Meek

B.F. MEEK No. 1 Jeweled Reel

B. F. MEEK No. 2 Jeweled Reel

B. F. MEEK No. 3 Reels

B. F. MEEK No. 4 Jeweled Reel

B. F. MEEK No. 5 Reel

B. F. MEEK No. 6 Reel

B. F. MEEK No. 7 Jeweled Reel


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