Until the 1800’s the reel was used primarily as a storage device for excess line.However, in the 19th century there was a rapid development of the multiplying reel, which allowed reels to evolve into casting devices. Including Mitchell 204S, 206S, 300, 300 small spool pre-wound, 306 308, 308S, 386, 403, 406, 3310, 4410 Large, 4420, 486, 4420, 710, 900, 906, large skirted spool. This reel was built between 19 when the telephone latch (registered design 734897) was changed again in 1949. Includes original cardboard box, pouch and paperwork. Mitchell Spools - We have hundreds of Mitchell spools old new stock and used. Spools are priced from to and vary by model and size of spool. Duplicated Mark II, smooth brass foot, telephone latch, ebonite knob, RHW. Briefly I have noticed many changes in the numbering systems from my earliest Records, where often no numbers were engraved at all, through to the current reels.Of most interest to me is the period from the 50's to the 80's.This prototype Steel Head reel is one of 4 known with this unique rim brake system.
The main drive-drag shaft incorporates a permanently lubricated ball bearing. Includes red cloth reel pouch and a copy of a letter from the maker, Bob Dennison Research Portland, OR. These date codes were not a part of the model number, but a way of tracking changes to the reel over time.Let’s use the Shakespeare model 1920 Wondereel as an example.There are several different date codes for this reel.The first is HB and if you look at the chart below you will find the H falls under the 3 and the B falls under the 9 meaning this reel started production in 1939.