marked his standard reels with the names of sporting goods and hardware stores.
Stores names like Gus Habich in Indianapolis, VIM in
Chicago, Simmons Hardware Co. and Schmelzer Arms Co. in Kansas City can be found
on Talbot reels.
Talbot History - The
earliest Wm. H. Talbot reels were made in Nevada, MO from about 1895 to 1913.
The first models made in Nevada were marked No. 2, 3 or 4 and
had four screws attaching the head plate to the reel frame. Talbot received a
patent in January 22, 1901 for a design that incorporated only three screws to
attach the head plate. The top of the line model was marked No. 50.
This model had clear sapphire jeweled bearings and an ivory
knob. The forerunners of this high quality reel were the Levison Special and the
Talbot Special. These models are very scarce. Other scarce models were the Talbot
No. 60 and No. 75. The Niangua is also a high quality reel
and was made with and without jeweled bearings. The most desirable
reel for collectors is the Ben Hur fly reel. It came in two sizes and are
considered very scarce.
His bottom of the line of reels (if there is a bottom of the line for Talbot)
are named after heavenly bodies like Meteor, Mars and Comet. These reels
can also be found with and without garnet jewels for spool bearings.
In 1913 the company name Wm. H. Talbot Reel Co.
was changed to Talbot Reel & Mfg. Co. and was moved to
Kansas City, MO. The top of the line reels were the No's 52, 53 and 54
with the second digit being the reel size.
Talbot also made the size No's 2X, 3X and 4X series reels. The second digit "X"
on these reels signified what options came with the reel.
The Niangua, Meteor, Comet and Star models were also made by the company while in Kansas
In 1920, the company was sold to Richardson
Rod & Reel Co. in Chicago. Richardson made standard Talbot reels and also made special free-spool
reels for tournament casting. All Talbot
reels are collectable and sought after by collectors.
The TALBOT EAGLE RIVER Reel made for VIM in Chicago, IL
The TALBOT TOMAHAWK Reel made for VIM in Chicago, IL
The TALBOT PERFECTION Reel made for VL&A in Chicago, IL
The TALBOT Reel made for GUS HABICH in Indianapolis, IN
The TALBOT Wide-Spool Reel made for GUS HABICH in Indianapolis, IN
The TALBOT JUPITER made for SIMMONS HARDWARE CO. in St. Louis, MO
The TALBOT VENUS made for SIMMONS HARDWARE CO. in St. Louis, MO
The TALBOT LOTUS 2 made for SCHMELZER ARMS CO. in Kansas City, MO
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