What to look for if you have an unmarked unidentified reel
– Crank Knobs –
On these crank knobs over time some will shrink from age and heat and will not spin freely on their pins. If you run into this problem, try this trick. Grab a rag and some lubricate, WD-40, 3 in 1 oil, reel oil, etc. whatever you like to use and then run hot tap water on them individually for several seconds, use the rag and try to spin the knob, they will normally start spinning, (the hot water will loosen up the hardened oil/grease. The trick, is to try to get some new oil in there between the knob and the pin as fast as you can before it cools. Now as long as the nob pin itself is not spinning you should be good.
Sometimes if they have the baked on oil, grease, etc. you can try soaking the whole crank handle in some to “start with” hot water and good dish soap, not the Dollar Store kind. Do not use any harsh chemicals because that could melt your bakelite or celluloid knob. Another problem is sometimes the pin it self will be bent inside the knob, if that is the case, there is not much can do except look for a replacement handle or change out the pin.
– Jeweled end caps –
The OC jeweled end caps are pretty easy to idenify, first picture are of two OC caps, next picture shows two other OC caps, but if you look hard you can see one is a little different than the other, this was mostly caused by different machinists making them.
The last picture shows 3 different common types of jeweled end caps. The one on the left is the OC one, next to the right is a Bronson one, and last one on the right is a Shakespeare one. Now that you have looked at all three different ones you can see that vertical lip around the jewel on the OC one, that is the dead give away between these common jewelled end caps. Also remember this, the OC cap will fit the Shakespeare, but not the Bronson. The Bronson will fit both the OC and the Shakespeare. The Shakespeare will not fit the Bronson, but it will fit the OC. You might want to write this down.
Trade Reels of Ocean City
Black Hawk No.311-49 and a No.311-94 Reel
Black Hawk No.311.902 Reel
Game Getter No.V7325 Reel
Great Lakes Reel
Great Lakes No.311.67 Reel
Great Lakes No.311-803 Reel
Herter’s No.18 Reel
JC Higgins No.3104 Mod.470 Reel
JC Higgins No.311.3183 Reel
JC Higgins No.47B Reel
JC Higgins No.311.31/3 Tournament Reel
JC Higgins Mod.482 Reel
Kastrite No.3807 – Allcock , Laight & Westwood, Ltd.
Allcock, Laight & Westwood, a large sporting goods distributor and retailer based in Canada from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s. Click on pics to enlarge.
Mohawk Zephyr Wate Mod.37 No.311.79 Reel
Revalation No.V7344 Reel
Sears No.311.29 Reel
Pictures are courtesy of Kip Gomez.
Shapleigh’s “Keen Kastor” No.DR4 Reel
Pictures are courtesy of Mark Williams.
Sport King Mod.1 No.60-6358 Reel
Sport King Mod.3 No.60-6360 Reel
Sport King M3 Reel
Sport King Mod.9 No.60-6338 Reel
Sport King Mod.21 No.60-6362 Reel
Sport King Mod.66 Reel
Sport King Mod.104 No.60-6359 Reel
Sport King Mod.163 Mod.60-6363 Reel
True Temper No.1750 Reel
Walgreens – Mastercraft
Xpert Reel No.40 Mod.311-5 Reel
There was a saying back in the old days regarding these direct drive reels, that you would have to thumb the spool for braking, you did not want to get your hand in the way of the crank handle when a fish starts running away, the crank would spin back wards very fast, it was called a “knuckle buster” Not sure if this box came with just this reel with the anti-reverse, or did they come with all the Xpert No.40’s? Sears also had Bronson make many other Xperts for them. The numbered Xperts such as the No.20, the No.30. and the No.50 were all made by Bronson.
Now on the reels that were not numbered, Ocean City could have also sold these separately to anyone by their salesmen, just like Bronson did.
Xpert Reel No.311-75 Reel
that’s why, sometimes you will see these crank screws all buggered up.
X-pert Reel with no Numbers
X-pert Forty Reels