Up for auction a nice 1948 HEDDON NO.3151 "DELUXE PAL" 5-1/2 FT., ONE-PIECE STEEL CASTING ROD WITH DETACHABLE HANDLE AND ORIGINAL LABELED LEATTTE CASE/TUBE. The No.3151 was James Heddon's Sons' most popular steel casting rod, first offered in 1933 and selling for over 25 years. This post-war example was built in November of 1948, as evidenced by the "11-8" date code written on the rodshaft. Heddon's Cleo Hanley has handwritten "#3151 - 5-1/2' - M", just above the ferrule. On the opposite side of the shaft is stamped "HEDDON PAL". The "M" stands for Medium action. Reel seat carries the three 1933 Patent numbers granted to Heddon for the handle design, while underneath the seat is also stamped "Heddon Pal". Rod comes equipped with detachable offset handle, gunmetal guides, solid bronze ferrule, adjustable reel seat with trigger, hand-checkered solid walnut foregrip, solid cork Tournament grip, enameled bamboo-like finish, famous red buttcap and wound in maroon silk tipped in green. I've added a photo of an original listing from a 1946-48 Heddon Dealer Mailing Supplement. Rod is in solid Fine to Very Fine condition, showing only moderate wear. A few scuffs to the rodshaft is about the only thing worth mentioning, as the finish is nice otherwise. Tip section is the correct length. All wraps are solid and complete. All guides, tip top, ferrule and buttcap are excellent. Solid walnut foregrip and solid cork grip are extremely nice. Reel seat shows minor paint loss and works perfectly, drawing in the tip section tightly and securely. Put up in the original leattte case with tube, which is in about Fine condition. It shows overall wear, especially at the bottom w the aluminum tube has partially worn through. It is correctly marked for the rod, with the flap reading "Heddon Deluxe Pal Rod - #3151 - M - 5-1/2 Ft.". A rather nice post-war package from Heddon, all original and complete. To be sold with a very modest starting bid and NO RESERVE. Buyer to pay $15.00 shipping via U.S. Priority Mail. Full insurance is included. Payment must be received within 7 days of auction closure. Check out my other vintage tackle auctions and thanks for looking.
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