Meek & Milam reels were made by B.F. Meek and B.C. Milam from about 1852 to 1881. The reels were made in the small size No 1 up to the large size No. 6. Benjamin C. Milam was a jeweler and watch smith by trade in Frankfurt, KY. He is credited, however, with being one of the earliest of the high quality Kentucky reel makers. During this time, Meek was in charge of the watchmaking and jewelry portion of the business. The earliest Meek & Milam reels have numbered screws that match the screw hole number stamped in the reel’s head plate. In 1881, Milam broke off the relationship with Mr. Meek and began making reels under the name B.C. Milam. B.F. Meek also began making his own line of reels at this time. Meek and Milam are considered to be a couple of the great Kentucky reel makers.
MEEK & MILAM German Silver No. 1 Numbered Screw Reel
MEEK & MILAM Brass No. 1 Numbered Screw Reel
MEEK & MILAM Brass No. 2 Reel
MEEK & MILAM No. 2 Reel Variations
MEEK & MILAM Brass No. 3 Numbered Screw Reel
MEEK & MILAM German Silver No. 3 Numbered Screw Reel
MEEK & MILAM No. 3 Numbered Screw Reels
MEEK & MILAM Brass No. 3 Reel
MEEK & MILAM German Silver No. 4 Reel
MEEK & MILAM German Silver No. 5 Reel
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