Another one of my Grandfather's vintage fishing items. I'm sure someone would like to have this for their own collection.
This is a Shakespeare model 1964 Marhoff "GE" baitcasting reel. The "GE" designation is for a production date of 1946.
Walter Marhoff and William Shakespeare Jr. were good friends in the early 1900's.
In 1906, Marhoff Reel Co. was issued a patent for this improved version of the baitcasting fishing reel. Shakespeare Company began making the improved fishing reels in 1907 under a special agreement between the two men. Sadly, Walter Marhoff died on October 28,1908 just a few days short of his 39th birthday. The model 1964 Marhoff was made by Shakespeare as a tribute to his friend, Walter Marhoff.
My Grandfather purchased the reel in 1946 and I never saw him use it . The original mono line he used still on the spool. The reel was in the original green cloth storage bag along with the original instructions. The bag as does have several holes in it and the paper instructions are in pieces. He kept everything together in a leather storage case which is why I believe the reel looks nearly brand new.
Mechanically the reel is great. It turns smoothly and there are no issues I know of. I doubt he used this reel more than a few times in the late 1940's.
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