Friedrich vom Hofe and his son Julius made and sold fishing reels in New York
City on Fulton Street in 1860. The first F. vom Hofe reels were marked on the
head plate and did not have a gear bridge to support the main gear post. They
also used small nuts to fasten the cross-bar pillars to the back of the head
plate. Later ones contain the gear bridge patented by his son Julius on Nov. 26,
1867. The bridge provided stability to the gear post. These reels also had the
cross-bar pillars threaded and screwed into the back of the head plate. The
reels have been found in solid nickel silver (German silver) and in brass. The
scarcer versions are made of hard rubber like the one pictured below. All of his
reels are considered highly collectable.
F. vom HOFE Reels with Rim Drag
The F. vom HOFE Reel, New York, Circa 1860
F. vom HOFE Reel with 1867 Patent Date on Gear Bridge
Unmarked F. vom HOFE Reel
The F. vom HOFE Brass Reel, New York, Circa 1860
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