Not All B.F. Meek & Sons No. 11 Reels Are The Same

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Not All B.F. Meek & Sons No. 11 Reels Are The Same

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One of the problems with reel collecting is that sometimes you like a reel so much that you can justify buying the same reel again because it is slightly different than the one you already have. I know a person that once told me about a collector that bought a large expensive reel that was identical to the one he already had. And when asked why he bought the same reel again, he said "It has a different serial number." Well, this may be an extreme, but it emphasizes my point. I had a B.F. Meek & Sons No. 11 and when given the opportunity to buy a left hand version, of course I had to buy it. And then, when given the opportunity to buy one with a front plate sliding drag button rather than the rim mounted thumb wheel, of course I had to buy it. Oh well, here's hoping I get more opportunities to buy more of the same reel again. I'm sure I can find some difference in the reel that would justify it.

Below are photos of the three reels I've described above. As a bit of background information, the B.F. Meek & Sons No.11 was introduced in their 1901 catalog along with their other reels. After 1905, I could not find the B.F. Meek & Sons hard rubber and German silver reels in catalogs or advertised. If someone has a later catalog or ad of one, please let me know.

B.F. Meek & Sons 1901 Catalog page excerpt


B.F. Meek & Sons No. 11 Reels



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Not all the same, but all are fantastic!
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Speechless! Great group of tough reels!
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Ron, Collectors like you make Collectors like us look normal! This is a great example of slight variations in a model. You always share your research.
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I am verklempt (vaclempt for you SNL fans). Missed out on a few of the rubber Meeks over the years, but this is great inspiration. Thanks for sharing. PM me when you are in financial distress.
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Ron, awsome set of reels. I have the same problem, I see a variation and have to have it. I want to thank you again for helping me find the SB 1131 with the pattented tail plate it is the earliest 1131 variation I have.
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Beautiful set Ron! When you decide to part with "lefty", let me know. Thanks for sharing!!!! After another look , I see that all three counter balances are different also. I like em!

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Very cool Ron. Let's get together and fish for tarpon with them some day!
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Absolutely wonderful "family portrait."

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