James J. Deally & Co. Kentucky Fishing Reels

James J. Deally & Co. Kentucky Fishing Reels

J. Deally - Louisville, KY

James Deally was a locksmith that made locks and keys. His company was James Deally & Co. and he received a patent for a door key on May 29, 1860. He later on in his life made fishing reels from about 1894 until 1902. In the Louisville City Directories, he his listed alongside B.F. Meek as Fishing Reel Manufacturers. He had the mechanical ability and realized the market for high quality reels. His earliest reels were not marked with the size number. Later, he followed the style of his fellow Kentucky reel makers and marked a size number on the reels. The reels have been found with both ivory and buffalo horn handle knobs. All of his reels are high quality and made of nickel silver. His reels are considered scarce and desirable by collectors. The reels have been found in sizes varying from the typical No. 3 size to the large No. 12 size.

The J. DEALLY Reels, circa 1895

The J. DEALLY No. 3 Reel, circa 1895

The J. DEALLY Reel No. 3 Size Reel, circa 1895

The J. DEALLY Reel No. 10 Reel, circa 1901

To see high quality digitized history of the Kentucky Reel on Google Books website, click on the links below.

Outing Magazine, Dr. Henshall's Evolution of the Kentucky Reel, Dec. 1900

Forrest and Stream Magazine, Interview with J. L. Sage, Jan. 1915

Forrest and Stream Magazine, Dr. Henshall's More About The Kentucky Reel, Feb. 1915

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