Arthur Kovalovsky immigrated from Hungary in the early 1900's. He was a car mechanic
in Hollywood, CA in the 1910's. His mechanical background and knowledge allowed him to
start making reels and rods in 1928. Reel production became
full time in the 1930's. His first reel type was called his Standard Model.
It was made up until 1941 when World War II stopped its production. In 1945 he resumed
making reels with his son Oscar and did so up until his death in 1958 at the age of 77.
The Standard Model Type I reel incorporated his May 15, 1934 patent for a drag mechanism. The
drag resembles a car break shoe design and is housed inside the crank handle. Standard Model Type
I reels are similar to that shown in his first patent. Arthur also created a design that
incorporated a drag wheel underneath the crank handle that functioned similar to a star drag.
This model is referred to as the Type C design. The Zane Grey Model had a rim
control to allow the fisherman to easily put the reel in free spool. This
model had the first five patent dates stamped on it. The last model Kovalovsky patented and produced
was the Type II Standard Model. It was introduced in 1945 and sold until 1958. It incorporates
the features for the patent received on Aug. 26, 1952.
Arthur and Oscar Kovalovsky received 7 patents associated with reel design. Below is a summary
of the patent dates, patent numbers, inventor's names and major patent features.
May 15, 1934 - 1,958,919 - Arthur - Standard Model, Type I Drag Brake Shoe and Ball Bearing Designs
Nov 26, 1935 - 2,022,204 - Arthur - Adjustable Rim Control Drag Lever Design
Oct 31, 1939 - 2,178,120 - Arthur & Oscar - Cradle Reel Design
Nov 14, 1939 - 2,180,321 - Arthur & Oscar - Improvements to Gears and Click Designs
Apr 29, 1941 - 2,240,075 - Arthur & Oscar - Type C Drag Wheel (Star Drag) Design
Sept 4, 1951 - 2,566,803 - Arthur & Oscar - Drag Brake on Rear Plate Design
Aug 26, 1952 - 2,608,359 - Arthur & Oscar - Standard Model, Type II Drag Design
All Kovalovsky reels and rods are collectable.
The KOVALOVSKY Reels
The 16/0 KOVALOVSKY Standard Model Type I Reel Made 1932 to 1941
The 14/0 KOVALOVSKY Unmarked Standard Model Type I Reel
The 9/0 KOVALOVSKY Standard Model 226 Type C Reel Made 1938 to 1941
The 14/0 KOVALOVSKY Standard Model 39 Type II Reel Made 1945 to 1958
The KOVALOVSKY 16/0 ZANE GREY Model Reel with Rim Control
The KOVALOVSKY 9/0 Model 45 and 14/0 Model 39 Reels
The KOVALOVSKY Standard 9/0 Model 45 Type I Reel
The 9/0 KOVALOVSKY Standard Model 24 Type II Reel Made 1945 to 1958
The 14/0 KOVALOVSKY Standard Model 39 Type II Reel
The 9/0 KOVALOVSKY Standard Model Type II Reel
The 9/0 KOVALOVSKY Standard Model 226 Type I Reel
The KOVALOVSKY Surf Rod
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