John Dreiser Reels – New York, NY

John Dreiser reels are ones that are unique in design starting with his 1883 Patent. Their large diameter and sturdy construction make them an eye-catcher. Why Dreiser invented a reel of this configuration is unknown. We do, however, know a little bit about him. Dreiser was born in Prussia (Germany) in 1838. The New York 1880 US Census and the 1880’s City Directories show his occupation as a Lager Beer Dealer/Salesman. He must have also been a fisherman that wanted to design reels that met his idea of what a reel should be. There are two reel designs that use John Dreiser’s patents. The first was patented on August 14, 1883 for a reel integral with the rod handle. The second patent was granted April 28, 1903 for a large side-mount reel. The 1903 patent reel was rather large. It weighed exactly 1 pound, had a spool diameter of 5 3/4 inches and width of 5/8 inches. John Dreiser reels are considered some of the great ones made by the New York reel makers. John died in 1917.

The JOHN DREISER 1903 Patent Reel

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The JOHN DREISER August 14, 1883 Patent

The JOHN DREISER April 28, 1903 Patent

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JOHN DREISER Family Grave Marker