SHAKESPEARE REELS
THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST OF SOME SHAKESPEARE REELS, A LITTLE INFORMATION AND THE YEARS THEY WERE MADE.

     

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SOME

EARLY SHAKESPEARE

REELS!

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A Wm Shakespeare Jr. Handmade Quadruple from the collection of Joe Klaus. Very rare reel.

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The Shakespeare "C" Reel

This reel was patented on October 5, 1897. This reel was the first Shakespeare reel made for sale to the public and was made up until their replacement in 1903. In the 1902 Catalogue, it states that 'Several thousand are in use today". All parts of this reel were hand made so it would be hard to say how many were made in just 7 years.

This reel belongs to Joe Klaus.

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The Shakespeare #1762 "B" Reel.

This was the replacement reel for the Model "C". It first appeared in 1903 and contunied till around 1920. I have no idea of production dated or how many were made.

Price: $15.00 (1916 Catalogue)

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THE SHAKESPEARE 1762"A" REEL

SORRY !! NO PICTURE

This reel was first introduced in 1904 and is the exact same reel as the one above except it is made of Greman silver.

Price: $35.00 (1920 catalogue)

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MORE COMMON REELS

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1980 PROFFESSIONAL SPORTSCAST

A Delux Stainless Steel Sportcast.

Only one Model - "GK" Production dates - 6/21/40 -- 7/31/42

Narrow spool, Line Cap - 50yd./ 14lb wexford

Price: $12.00 (1942 cat.)

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1977 STANDARD SPORTSCAST

Model "GJ"

Designed for Tournment casters and fishermen who wants the benifits of a Fast reel. Two screw, "Coin Slotted", take down model.

Two Models

MODEL "GJ" Production dates - - 3/21/41 -- 7/31/42

Model "GD" production dates 12/2/46 -- 7/31/49 Line Cap. - 50yd. - 15lb. Wexford.

Price: $11.00 (1948 Cat.)

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1958 TRIUMPH

MODEL 1926

MODEL "GE"

First appeared in the 1927 catalogue.

Model 1926 - Production dates - unknown

Model 31 - Production Dates - 7/23/30 -- 7/31/31

Model 32 - production dates -- 6/15/31 - 6/15/31

Model "HG - production dates - 11/15/33 -- 12/28/33

Model "HF" - Production dates - 8/13/34 -- 4/12/35

Model "HE" - Production dates - 5/14/35 -- 7/31/37

Model "HC" - Production dates - 4/12/37 -- 7/31/39

Model "GA" - Production dates - 3/2/39 -- 7/31/40

Model "GL" - Production dates - 4/18/40 -- 7/31/42

Model" GE"- Production Dates - 9/12/45 -- 8/15/49

Model "FK" - Production dates - 1/30/50 -- 3/13/53

Model "FE" - Production dates - 1/20/56 -- 10/24 /63

Line Cap: 100yd / 15lb. Wexford

Price: $3.00 (1927 cat.) --$9.75 (1960 Cat.)

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  1740 TOURNAMENT REEL

Model "HE"

This reel was made for Tournment casters. There are Three diffrent models of it.

Unmarked - Production dates- 7/2/35 -- 4/23/40

Model "HE"-Production dates - 4/23/40 -- 7/31/42

Model "FK" - prodduction dates - 6/1/50 -- 10/16/57

Catalogues list two diffrent cork Arbor sizes. 1 1/16"/100yd 1 1/4"/60yd. Price --$10.00 (1938 catalogue)

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ALWAYS USE QUALITY

"WEXFORD"

LINE

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1968 MAJESTIC

Model "HD"

This reel was made with MONEL metal. This was a corrosion resestant metal suitable for saltwater.

Modell "HD" - Production dates- 5.2/36 - 7/31/40

Model "GL" -Production dates - 9/29/39 - 7/31/41

Line cap. -100yd. /14lb. Wexford

Price - $8.50 (1938 catalogue

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1960 CRITERION

Model 1910

Model 1930

Model "GJ"

One of the old standbys. This reel first appeared in the 1910 catalogue and contunied till 1955. Model numbers I have identified are as follows:

Model 1910, 1912, 1914, 1918, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1931A. I HAVE NO PRODUCTION DATES ON THESE REELS.

LATER REELS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Model "32" - Production dates - 5/30/31 - 11/3/32

Model "HJ" -Production dates - 7/3/33 - 7/3/33

Model "HE" -Production dates - 11/8/34 - 2/1/35

Model "HE" - Production dates - 5/14/35 - 5/14/35

Model "HD" -Production dates - 5/2/36 - 7/31/39

Model "GL" -Production dates - 9/29/39 - 4/18/40

Model "GJ" -Production dates - 1/9/41 - 6/11/41

Model "GE" - Production dates - 10/29/45 - 1/15/51

Model "FF" -Production dates - 9/1/51 - 4/20/55

It was also made in Lefthand Models

Model "FA"

1960LH-AS GL Criterion Deluxe 9/29/39 3/2/40
1960LH-AS GA Criterion Deluxe 11/11/38 9/26/39
1960LH HF Criterion Deluxe 2/1/35 8/1/35
1960LH HD Criterion Deluxe 5/20/36 7/31/39
1960LH GL Criterion Deluxe 9/29/39 7/31/42
1960LH GA Criterion Deluxe 3/2/39 7/31/40
1960LH FA Criterion Deluxe 8/15/49 7/18/55

And Alum. Spool models

1960AS HD Criterion Deluxe 5/20/36 7/31/39
1960AS GL Criterion Deluxe 2/9/39 7/31/40
1960AS GE Criterion Deluxe 10/29/45 10/29/45
1960AS GA Criterion Deluxe 3/2/39 9/26/39

Prices: 1910 / $2.00 - - 1930 / $5.50 - - 1948 / $10.00

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Do you have anything that

I can add to my collection??

If so, Please E-Mailme.-

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GREETINGS!!

AND WELCOME TO A PAGE THAT MIGHT HELP IN THE IDENTIFACATION OF YOUR REEL.

All the information on this page came from catalogues, a production list and knowledge from looking at my collection. There is no assurance that the dates are exact, That the models listed are all that exist and the reel that you are hunting is here. If the last is the case. feel free to E-Mail me and maybe I can help. If you have a model not listed, Please let me know.

You may also notice that a lot of production dates stop at 7/31/42. The reason for that is that the U.S. Goverment stopped the production of all nonessential metal items in support of the war effort. Shakespeare ended production of reels and retooled their machinery to produce war goods. This practice ceased in 1946 and we were back to reel making. That is why the Model Number "GE" (1946) is so popular.

To have a look at the Shakespeare dating system follow this - LINK- to a page that explaines it all!!

ENJOY!!!!

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1753 STANDARD PROFESSIONAL

This reel was made for Surf Tournment casters as well as everyday fishing. Non Freespool

Only one Model "HC" production dates - 2/5/37 --4/23/37

Steel spool. Line cap. - 100yd / 14lb Wexford.

Price: $8.40 (1938 Cat.)

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1755 STANDARD PROFESSIOAL / FREE SPOOL

Model "HE"

This reel was made for Surf Tournment casters as well as everyday fishing. It is the big brother to the reel above. There are the models:

Model "30" - No dates

Model "32" - Production dates - 8/6/30 --7/14/31

Model "HC" - Production dates - 2/4/35 -- 7/31/39

Model "GA" - Production dates -3/2/39 -- 7/31/42

Cork or Steel spool. Line cap. cork/125yd -Steel - 150yd / 14lb Wexford.

Price: $9.00 (1938 Cat.)

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1972 CLASSIC

Model "HE"

Model HG- Production dates -1/12/33 -- 10/8/34

Model "HF" -Production dates - 10/8/35 -- 2/1/35

Model "HE" -Production dates - 5/14/35 -- 10/14/35

Model "HD" -Production dates - 5/14/36 -- 7/31/39

Model "GA" -Production dates - 3/24/39 - - 9/26/39

Model "GL" - Production dates- 9/29/39 -- 9/29/39

Model "GK" -Production dates - 4/24/40 --6/11/41

Model "GE" - Production dates- 2/6/46 -- 2/26/53

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1959 INTRINSIC

Model "HC"

Model "31" - - 7/23/30 -- 10/7/31

Model "HG" - - 8/9/33 -- 9/11/34

Model "HE" -Production dates - 4/12/35 -- 7/31/37

Model "HC" -Production dates - 4/13/37 -- 7/31/39

Mode; "GA" -Production dates - 3/2/39 -- 7/31/40

Model "GL" - Production dates- 9/29/39 -- 7/31/40

Model "GK" -Production dates - 4/18/40 --7/31/42

Model "FK" -Production dates - 1/30/50 --7/16/55

Line Capacity - 100yd. - Wexford 18 lb. line

Price, $5.50 ( 1936 catalogue)

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1976 "TRU-AXIS" PRESIDENT

Model "EA"

Model "EA" - Production dates - 3/16/59- 8/1/61

Model "DG" -Production dates - 7/13/73 - 11/26/75

1976T - Model "E'K" - Production dates - 4/12/60 - 10/24/63

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1990 'DIRECT-DRIVE" IDEAL

Model "FJ"

Model "GD" - Production dates - 2/6/47 - 7/31/47

Model "FJ" - Production dates - 2/22/51 - 7/18/55

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1964 MARHOFF

Model 1910

Model 1931A

Model "HD"

Model "GE"

The Marhoff was the best selling reel that Shakespeare made. From it's start in 1910 till it demise, it was known for quality and workmen ship.

Model 1910, 1912, 1914, 1918, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1931A. I HAVE NO PRODUCTION DATES ON THESE REELS.

Model "31" Production dates- - 6/5/30 - 5/4/31

Model "HJ" -Production dates - 5/20/31 - 7/12/33

Model "HF" -Production dates - 10/29/34 - 12/5/34

Model "HE" -Production dates - 5/14/35 - 5/14/35

Model "HD" - Production dates- 5/7/36 - 5/7/36

Model - - "HB" -Production dates - 5/5/38 - 7/31/40

Model "GA" -Production dates - 9/26/39 - 7/31/40

Model "GL" - Production dates- 9/29/39 - 7/31/40

Model "GK" -Production dates- 4/19/40 - 7/31/42

Model "GE" - Production dates- 9/24/45 - 8/11/61

There were also Gold plated ones made in the thirtys.

Prices: 1916 / $15.00 - - 1930 / $12.50 - - 1948 / $15.00

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1956 TRUE BLUE

1956 "HD"

1956 "GE"

The first "True Blue" appeared in the 1932 Anglers catalogue. As you can see, the reel was made well before that. It was preobably the most common trade reel made by Shakespeare. To visit a saga on that, follow this LINK.

I have these reels with jeweled and plain end caps. I also have some early ones with open flange bearings, both inner and outer.

These are some of the production dates.

Model "C" --no dates

Model "30" --no dates

Model "31" -Production dates - 3/12/29 - 3/12/32

Model "33" - Production dates - 2/12/32 - 12/20/33

Model "HF" -Production dates - 8/16/34 - 8/1/35

Model "HD" -Production dates - 4/6/36 - 7/31/39

Model "GA" -Production dates - 3/2/39 - 7/31/42

Model "GE" - Production dates - 10/2/45 - 7/3/50

Model "FK" - Production dates - 1/30/50 - 3/6/53

Model "FE" -Production dates - 5/26/55 - 5/17/63

Model "EH" -Production dates - 3/30/63 - 10/14/66

They also came with an Alum. spool.

1956AS GE True Blue 9/15/49 7/31/50
1956AS FK True Blue 1/30/50 3/6/53

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