Estate Julius vom Hofe No 4 Salmon Fishing Reel Antique Fishing Reel c1900
Estate found antique Julius vom Hofe No 4 Salmon fishing reel. This highly collectible reel was found here on the gulf coast of Florida but its roots are from Upstate NY in salmon fishing land. This reel is great piece for the fishing enthusiast or antique fishing collector.
This reel might have been made by vom Hofe for another company as they made reel for several different makers. The markings on the black ebonite has been worn off but the characteristics of the vom Hofe reel are easy to spot. The reel measures 4" diameter and is marked with a 4 on the foot.
It could use a good cleaning and I'm always tempted to do this but have been told by collectors not to as they enjoy the clean up process. So other than a wipe down this is estate fresh. The reel clicks when we turn the handle and there is an on off lever for the drag. I am from a family of fishermen but I do not fish. If you have a question about the reel and can walk me through it, I'm happy answer promptly - send me a convo. It appears that some parts of the reel are done in brass and the rest is in German Silver and Black Ebonite. This reel shows signs of use and could use a clean up but structurally we can only note a hairline extending from one of the screws. Nothing is loose and it does not impact the reel working. We have priced accordingly. Otherwise this will be a nice highly collectible solid reel to clean up and use or display.