Onesimus Ustonson reels are some of the earliest fishing reels made in the UK. The company was in business from about 1760 to 1855. It is known that fishing reels (winches) have been made in England for a long time. Reels by Onesimus Ustonson are desirable to collectors since they represent the earliest known multiplying reels. He also made fly reels. The oldest reels are marked “Ustonson, Maker to The Queen, Temple Bar, London.” Later, the reels were marked “Ustonson Maker Temple Bar London.” The multiplying reels are not as common as the fly reels. The Utonson company made reels for about 100 years. Onesimus Ustonson reels are considered one of the early great reels made in the UK
The earliest fishing rods did not have a metal seat or locking band to securely attach the reel to the rod. The reel was fastened to the rod with leather straps laced through holes or notches in the reel’s foot. Reels with a perforated foot were made in the early 1800’s. An example of this type of reel design is shown below.
The USTONSON Fly Reel
The USTONSON Fly Reel w/Folding Crank Handle Knob
Unmarked Brass Reel from Ustonson Era, circa 1820
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