Appearing only in an 1896 catalog from The Wilkinson Company out of Chicago, Illinois, this rare little 2 3/4" diameter reel could easily have been placed in the "unknown" category if it were not for the catalog listing. There are more questions than answers as a result of the minimal information available from the catalog description, and even less from the reels markings. Who or what does "R.R." stand for? While it clearly shows a "Pat Pdg" (patent pending) mark on the back, was this ever submitted to the patent office? I am currently unaware of any patent for this little gem, though Iím hopeful information will turn up somewhere. What I do know of the reel is whatís written in the catalog description, that it is indeed "simple in construction", made of nickel plated brass (the example I have, the only one Iím aware of, has lost most of itís original nickel finish) with a steel center screw. The perforations are the result of a combination of tear dropped shaped holes, and stamped and folded down sections that make up the arbor. The reel foot is stamped out of the bottom section, and a simple fixed click is placed below the spool. The removable line guide is a simple brass section bent to the shape of the spool. It must not have been a great seller, perhaps due to the popularity of the Meisselbach reels that were listed on the same page of that 1896 catalog.
I thank Washington state ORCA member Tom Harwood for allowing me to add it to the collection!
If you have any information on this reel, please drop me a line.
Rare RR reel
"RR" Reel Bottom View
Side view showing the removable line guide
Ad from an 1896 Wilkinson Co. Catalog
I'm always interested in adding reels to my collection. If you have a reel you'd like to discuss, trade or sell please feel free to e-mail me at Jim@sidemountreels.com