Dingley – Bernard – Haywood Reels are just a few of the early great UK reel makers. The earliest reels were made of brass and later from aluminum alloy. It is known that fishing reels (winches) have been made in England for a long time. Some of the earliest use of an English reel can be read about in Izaak Walton’s book “The Complete Angler” which was published 1653. The majority of the early British reels are brass. Dingley – Bernard – Haywood reels and ones from companies like Allcock’s, Malloch, Slater and other early UK Makers are collectable.
The DINGLEY Reel, circa 1930
The J. BERNARD & SON Reels, London, circa 1890
The SLATER Reel Made For J. BERNARD & SON
The MALLOCH PATENT Reel, circa 1920
A&N CSL (Army & Navy Cooperative Society Ltd) Salmon Fly Reel
The J. McGOWAN Reel, London, circa 1870
The HAYWOOD MAKER Reels, Birmingham, circa 1840
J.B. MOSCROP 1894 Magazine Ad
To see a January, 1896 “The Fishing Gazette” Article about the ALLCOCK & CO. products, click on the link below.
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