A possible date for an early Speedia

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Match Aerial » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:01 am

In realty most probably a company which changed direction away from fishing tackle. Could have also moved ownership hence no records.
Sometimes the best way to find out is ask around local business in the area.

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Nobby » Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:40 pm

A further date proof for the early full-production Speedia in 1951, this image appeared in a recent J B Walker catalogue sold on eBay.

This is the only image I have ever seen of a Speedia in any catalogue whatsoever!

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Interesting to see that such a fine reel was offered at only £2.12s. 6d. or £2.65p in today's money.........


I put a bit about the Speedia on my blog here:

https://nobbystackle.wordpress.com/2014 ... ho-dun-it/

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Match Aerial » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:27 pm

Great find Nobby, well done mate.

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Chavender » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:33 pm

really is a rare find .
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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Wallys-Cast » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:44 pm

Nice find Nobby, that could be the catalogue that has the W R Products reel bands in it. Check the reel fittings page..

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Nobby » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:40 pm

Sadly, it's just an image I lifted from eBay, Wal....I got outbid on the real thing :-(

J B Walker had to get their reel bands from somewhere though..........

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Match Aerial » Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:53 pm

Its all good news and bringing the mystery one step closer to being resolved.
Cant believe the price these reels are making getting obscene these days

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Nobby » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:44 pm

Well I certainly see them offered for high prices, but I don't know that anyone is buying.......

One antiques dealer in Norwich offers restored ones for £200 regularly, but I don't think he's had any buyers.

Of course if enough folk list them that high for long enough eventually someone will accept that really IS the price for one...only it won't be me...... :-)

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Match Aerial » Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:21 pm

That's very true Nobby.
I would like to see them remain affordable its what speedia is all about to me. A good working reel at a price which does not require a cheque book and pen .

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Re: A possible date for an early Speedia

Post by Nobby » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:24 am

I see there is a later style Speedia on eBay at the moment, the style with a small centreboss and three screws. These so often turn upo in boxes clearly marked MkII which is very confusing as the earlier pill style centreboss reels seem so often to have boxes marked MkIV.


The one currently on eBay clearly has MkIV written though, but the V is written at a funny old angle...maybe the writing was just a bit poor on most of them.......?

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