Frank Fullilove Crown Kentucky Fishing Reels

Frank Fullilove Crown Kentucky Fishing Reels

Frank Fullilove - Owenton, KY

Frank Fullilove was a jeweler in Owenton, KY and sold his reels out of his store. It is not know exactly when he started making his reels, but he received a patent for them on March 14, 1905. Perhaps he felt he needed to patent his reel to protect its design features. There is evidence that he had already been making the reel for a number of years. It is interesting to note that none of the early Kentucky reel makers patented their reels. Granville Medley was the only other Kentucky reel maker to patent his reel. The Fullilove fishing reel was made of nickel silver and has an ivory knob. Fullilove only made one known reel model and named it "Crown". Perhaps he did so because he felt it was fit for a king. I agree. The Crown reel did come either with or without jeweled bearings. A note of caution for anyone trying to take off the crank handle. The nut holding the handle on has left-handed threads. The Crown is a scarce and collectable Kentucky reel.


The FULLILOVE CROWN Reel, circa 1903


The Jeweled FULLILOVE CROWN Reel, circa 1893


The Fancy FULLILOVE CROWN Reel, circa 1900


The FULLILOVE Right Hand Crank Handle and Cap Nut Left Hand Threads


The FULLILOVE CROWN Headplate Inside View


The FULLILOVE 1905 Patent


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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