It is not an active hobby of mine to collect the old stuff, but i do have a few things. Here is one odd-ball thing i dug out of the basement of the store i work that used to sell hunting/fishing gear before i started working there. It's not in the best condition, but it is pretty strange!!!
Among other obsessions, errr uh, hobbies, I collect reels.
If you want to see some real craftsmanship and quality metal
crafting you should see some of the early teens, german silver
reels! These guys spin forever and the etching on some of them is unbelievable! And they cost new around 3-6 dollars:huh:
Our reels today are better in every way except for workmanship.
Back in "the old days" they didn't have a crankbait rod, a worm rod, a jigging rod, a swimbait rod, spinning was not here yet and a push button....what's that? However they made do with one rod and one reel and did pretty well considering all the tech they didn't have then.
PB the reel in pic is a South Bend 560. Value considering auction prices anywhere from $20 to $50. At one point I had nearly every model of pre-1970 South Bend reel ever made. Had over 160 of them and half with original boxes. Sadly most of them have found new homes through the use of "that horrible online auction site that ruined collecting for millions of people". Myself included!