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What do you think of the engraving on this winchester reel
February 12, 2018
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It's machine embossing, similar to others made at the time.  For its time, it was not an expensive reel.  Think the price is ridiculous, but if you're really interested, run it by the Old Reel Collectors Ass'n website.

February 13, 2018
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Thanks. Im a member of ORCA and thats where i first saw it mentioned. 

February 13, 2018
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Please DO NOT post things like this!  You will just get me started in another crazy time and money consuming hobby for which I have little of each to invest!!  I did enjoy reading the Bronson Reel history page on the ORCA website.  I grew up in Michigan but never realized that the company was based there.  Or that the Shakespeare company was in Kalamazoo!!  I used both companies reels when  I was kid fishing on the great lakes.

Nice looking Winchester reel!

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February 13, 2018
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twobit said
I did enjoy reading the Bronson Reel history page on the ORCA website. 

Best reels built by Bronson weren't Winchesters, or any of the other brand names Bronson reels were sold under, they were the J. A. Coxe line which Bronson purchased from the founder of that small company. The Model 25 Coxe, solid nickel silver, & hard-rubber side plates, was the best made, most expensive, and certainly most beautiful, casting reel of the pre-war period.  I've been using several of them exclusively for the last 30 yrs.  Modern fishing tackle interests me as much as modern guns, that is, 0.0. 

February 13, 2018
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Same reel, but one I can afford

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February 15, 2018
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I don't believe it is, or at the least find it highly unlikely. Its not impossible but I'd save my money. Never seen one engraved before, but that doesn't mean anything.

Good luck trying to find a serial number and calling Cody for a factory letter! Wink

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February 15, 2018
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Maverick said 

Good luck trying to find a serial number and calling Cody for a factory letter! Wink
 

Next best thing to that would be finding it in one of the hardware catalogs WRA put out in the '20s, which I think have been reproduced.  Possibly there was also a fishing tackle catalog, which should be esp. interesting. 

February 16, 2018
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It sure is getting alot of attention. 

February 16, 2018
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Checking Cornell's list of WRA reprints, they have two of the hardware only catalogs--1922 & 1930; would bet there was a separate tackle cat also, though it's bound to be rare.

February 16, 2018
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The reel is in the 1927 catalog. No mention of any engraving options for any reels, but that's not saying it didn't happen. You could buy a dozen of these for $47.50 ($3.96 each).  I tried to add a PDF scan of it, but it wouldn't open once attached. 

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February 16, 2018
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pdog72 said
The reel is in the 1927 catalog. No mention of any engraving options for any reels, but that's not saying it didn't happen. You could buy a dozen of these for $47.50 ($3.96 each).  I tried to add a PDF scan of it, but it wouldn't open once attached.   

If I were going to pay the cost of full-coverage engraving, sure wouldn't pick a $4 reel to do it on!  As a comparison of prices & quality, Pflueger's top of the line Supreme model sold for $25 in 1934, a dollar or two less than my favorite, the Coxe 25. Next most expensive in Pflueger's line was the Summit model at $10, which had full-coverage machine engraving; so "fancy" doesn't equate with expensive.

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