It is known that fishing reels (winches) have been made in England for a long time.
Reels by Onesimus Ustonson are desirable to collectors since they represent
the earliest known multiplying reels.
They are marked "Ustonson, Maker to The Queen, Temple Bar, London."
The Utonson company made reels for about 100 years. The company was in business from
about 1760 to 1855.
The earliest fishing rods did not have a metal seat or locking band to securely
attach the reel to the rod. The reel was fastened to the rod with leather straps laced through
holes or notches in the reel's foot. Reels with a perforated foot were made in the early 1800's.
The USTONSON Fly Reel
Unmarked Brass Reel from Ustonson Era, circa 1820
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