Jonathan F. Meek was a jeweler and watch smith in Frankfort, KY. He specialized
in making jewelry and repairing watches. The Meek name first appeared on
Kentucky reels in the late 1830's.
In 1839, Jonathan formed a partnership with his brother Benjamin as his apprentice.
They made reels
marked "J.F. & B.F. Meek" from about 1839 to 1852.
The earliest reels are
simply marked with the Meek name and city in which they were made - Frankfort, KY. Later reels were also marked with a reel size like No. 2,
No. 3, etc. The reel size indicated the reel's line capacity. The larger the number,
the larger the reel.
Another apprentice with the Meeks was Benjamin C. Milam. He was hired in 1848. At this time, the company name was
J.F. Meek & Co. In 1852 the company failed and J.F. Meek moved to Louisville. B.F. Meek stayed in Frankfort and
with B.C. Milam formed a new company "Meek & Milam."
All Meek fishing reels are collectable and those
marked "J.F. & B.F. Meek" are very rare.
The J.F. & B.F. MEEK Sterling Silver NO. 6 Reel, circa 1850
The J.F. & B.F. MEEK NO. 1 Reel, circa 1845
The J.F. & B.F. MEEK Brass NO. 1 Reel, circa 1845
The J.F. & B.F. MEEK NO. 2 Reel, circa 1845
The 3 Screw J.F. & B.F. MEEK NO. 2 Reel, circa 1845
Photo of this Meek Reel by Doug Carpenter
A Pocket Watch Containing J.F. & B.F. MEEK Advertising Insert Inside Case
To see an interview with B.F. Meek contained in the April 13, 1895 Frankfort Roundabout Newspaper, click on the link below.