Scarce 1907-1909 MEISSELBACH "Simmons Special Tripart

This is the eighth item offered from a collection of Meisselbach reels, of which all are different and in mostly exceptional condition, that I'll be listing over a two week period........Up for auction a nice and somewhat Scarce 1907-1909 A.F. MEISSELBACH "SIMMONS SPECIAL TRIPART" FREE SPOOL TAKAPART CASTING TRADE REEL BUILT FOR THE SIMMONS HARDWARE CO. This reel was built by A.F. Meisselbach & Bro. of Newark, N.J. for the Simmons Hardware Co. of St. Louis, Mo. and is one of the earliest Free Spool Trade reels. A.F. Meisselbach & Bro. applied for the free spool Patent in July of 1907 and it wasn't granted until August of 1909. Because this example doesn't carry the '09 Patent date, we know it was only built sometime between these two dates. Faceplate is stamped "FREE SPOOL - SIMMONS SPECIAL - TRIPART", while the tailplate carries the four 1904 to 1907 Patent dates. Under the lower crossmember is stamped "A.F. Meisselbach & Bro. - Newark, N.J. U.S.A. - 80 YARDS". Comes equipped with strong Reel is in about Fine condition for these, showing moderate overall wear and brassing to the frame. Displays beautifully and actually looks much nicer than my photos make it appear. Works perfectly and is extremely smooth running. A nice example of these very early and scarce Trade reels from Meisselbach. To be sold with a very modest ... read more