The Liberty Bell reel was designed by Edward D. Rockwell and
built by the Liberty Bell Co. in Bristol, CT. The reel came in 3
sizes (80, 100 and 250 yards) and were built in the early 1900's. The
Liberty Bell reel contains a complex free-spool mechanism that
operates automatically for casting. One of the nice features of the
reel is a quick take-down feature. By rotating a tab on the back plate,
the outer ring on the tail plate can be rotated relative to the hard rubber
and disengage the ends of the 5 pillars from the tail plate. Rockwell got patents on
his reels in May 20, 1902 and November 7, 1905.
Rockwell's first patents were in October 31, 1899 and August 7, 1900
for push-button bells for bicycles. Hence the name origin of the name
of the company.
The LIBERTY BELL 250 Yard Reel, circa 1904
The LIBERTY BELL 100 Yard Reel, circa 1904
The LIBERTY BELL 80 Yard Reel Box
1902 LIBERTY BELL Reel Magazine Ad
1904 LIBERTY BELL Reel Magazine Ad
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