Horton Mfg Co Reels – Bristol, CT

Horton Mfg Co reels were made starting in 1916. However, much earlier on March 8, 1887, Everett Horton received a patent for a hollow, telescoping metal rod. This was the beginning of the Horton Mfg. Co. It was known for it’s line of Bristol, Rainbow and Luckie metal rods and Kingfish Brand fishing line. In 1904, they also offered the Seely Edsall’s patent combination reel and handle.

In 1916, Horton Mfg. Co. bought the B.F. Meek & Sons fishing reel business and name. They moved the manufacture from Louisville, KY to Bristol, CT. Horton continued to make high quality reels in the Meek tradition up until late 1940’s. Meek reels were the top of the line and marked with large letters to highlight the name. The Blue Grass line was the mid-grade and Simplex was their economy grade of reels. In addition to the Meek and Blue Grass line of reels, Horton introduced the less expensive Bristol line of bait casting and fly reels. Also available at the time was the Meek No. 55 fly reel. It was a quality reel that was available with an agate line guide. Horton Mfg Co is considered one of the great reel makers in the New England states area.


The HORTON MEEK No. 6 Reel

HORTON MEEK No. 3 Free Spool Reel Awarded to Walter Willman in 1922

The HORTON MEEK No. 2 Free Spool with Aluminum Narrow Spool Reel

The HORTON BLUE GRASS No. 10 Reel

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The HORTON MEEK No. 2 Reel and Box, circa 1917

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The HORTON MEEK No. 4 Free Spool Reel

HORTON BLUE GRASS No. 5 Jeweled Reel

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The HORTON MEEK No. 3 Reel

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The HORTON MEEK No. 3 Reel

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The HORTON MEEK No. 4 Reel

The HORTON MEEK No. 3 Aluminum Spool & Handle Tournament Reel

The HORTON MEEK No. 4 Reel

The HORTON Meek No. 7 Reel

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The HORTON No. 4 and No. 3 BLUE GRASS Reels

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The HORTON MEEK No. 30 Reels

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The HORTON BRISTOL No. 88 and No. 77 Reels

The HORTON MEEK No. 3 Engraved Reel

The HORTON BLUE GRASS No. 33 Reel

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The HORTON MEEK No. 55 Fly Reel


The EVERETT HORTON March 8, 1887 Rod Patent

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Ad in June 2, 1888 The American Angler Magazine

Marshall Field 1931 Catalog Page and Catalog Page of HORTON MEEK Tournament Reels


To see a copy of the Horton 1910 Bristol Catalog, click on the link below.


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