Mercury centre pin reel

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Mercury centre pin reel

Post by Splitcaner » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:28 pm

Hello I would like to know if anyone has any info or knowledge on a "Mercury" centre pin reel. It measures 4" diameter and has a spool of 1 1/4" s wide. Its made of aluminium dark grey in colour the spool is very light with lots of cut outs, the ratchet button is on the front opposite the single handle the ratchet gear can be seen on the front. The reel fitting is very sturdy, the rear of the reel is plain metal with a brass knurled round nut holding the drum in place, it is a left hand thread. The name Mercury is stamped on the back along with patent applied for. Stamped on top of the reel fitting are M409X. It runs quite smooth apart from one side where it feels like either the shaft or the spool are not true, the screw holding the spool in place is badly damaged and I cannot undo it. Any ideas please.John. :Chuckle:

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Newnes practical mechanics

Post by Splitcaner » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:43 pm

Hello have just acquired a few pages from the 1950s Newnes Practicle Mechanics. There is info on making your own wooden reel, sea rod, Avon rod, split cane fly rod, fishing lures, dry fly rod and completion rod from Spanish reed and Tonkin bamboo. All the drawings measurments and details are all there. All the tackle is made by a C W Taylor M.I.E.T. The dates range from 1954 55 57 and 58. I would like to send the drawings but not sure how to because it would be very interesting to members. John.

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Re: Mercury centre pin reel

Post by Splitcaner » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:55 pm

Hi again, If you look on You Tube and type in Mercury centre pin reel a video comes up of a Mercury reel spinning for ages its exactly like mine. It says its from 1938 only problem mine doesn't spin as long. Still no info apart from the date, 1938 just before the outbreak of the second world war. Could they have moved onto munitions in the factory? John.

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Re: Mercury centre pin reel

Post by Chavender » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:56 pm

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Excellent and rare Mercury Trotting Reel, comes as wide drum (below) or narrow (above) drum models .Made by Mercury Reels Ltd, a London maker of 73 Bassinghall St. for two years only prior to World War 2, the Mercury reel is consequently very scarce and collectable.With its highly ventilated spoked drum running on ball bearings, alloy construction and unique front check mechanism, this was both an innovative and able-performing reel. Circa 1938/9 cut short by ww2

strange things ,a bit like a Pflueger "Progress" Raised Pillar Fly Reel with all those perforations

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Re: Mercury centre pin reel

Post by Splitcaner » Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:54 pm

Thank you Chavender for the information, very grateful. Got to get that screw undone now though.

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