J.F & B.F. Meek brass reel,
One of the earliest examples from this
famous maker of Kentucky reels. The maker name is J. F. & B.F. Meek, who
were in business together in Frankfort, Kentucky in the 1850's.
The screws are numbered and are made of
German silver. The horn finger grip is located on a 12:00 position
counter-balanced 'S' shaped handle. The size is similar to the later #5
made by Meek, but is not marked on the foot. Based on owner provenance
provided with this reel, it is likely this is one of two examples of this size
and variation. The other example is known to have been presented to
president Grover Cleveland.
Meek & Milam 'zero' size
This previously unknown or unreported size
'zero' is one of the smallest Meeks ever reported. Meek and Milam joined
forces in the 1870's to produce some the the finest Kentucky reels ever made.
A comparison of a typical size #1 Meek on the
left, and the Meek zero on the right
Now go look at this ultra rare
# 8 B. F. Meek
Click here for a list of Meek maker marks for dating
various Meek reels.
(Please note: I do
to buy reels by Pflueger, Penn, Ocean City, South Bend,
Shakespeare, Abu-Garcia, or other post WW-II makers.)