The Hunter reel was designed by Robert Hunter and made
by the Chamberlin Cartridge & Target Co. The reel came in three
versions. The first version was patented in May 19, 1903 and
January 19, 1904. The version
incorporated an anti-backlash bar and a rear mounted thumb plunger brake.
The free-spool version was patented in January 29, 1907 and
incorporated a thumb bar to put the fishing reel in free-spool.
It could subsequently be used as a spool brake. This version was
advertised before the patent in 1904. The third model was a
simplified version of the above two and had neither an anti-backlash
bar nor a free-spool thumb bar. All of these models are collectable.
The HUNTER REEL With Antibacklash Bar and Thumb Brake, circa 1904
The HUNTER REEL With Free-Spool Thumb Bar, circa 1904
The HUNTER REELS, circa 1904
The HUNTER Reel Box
1905 Ads For The HUNTER Reel
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