Help with an antique

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Harry H
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Help with an antique

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Anyone seen one like this before?
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Oh and I do realise it's a Stanley tape measure in the first picture :whistle:
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Re: Help with an antique

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A nice find Harry! :Thumb:

It might be an artisan one-off, sometimes referred to as 'Rolls Royce' reels (although they were made by workers between shifts in less prestigious workshops too).

The ball race bearing and the general bench-made look of it suggest it's not a commercially manufactured reel?
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Re: Help with an antique

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John Milford wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2024 8:56 pm A nice find Harry! :Thumb:

It might be an artisan one-off, sometimes referred to as 'Rolls Royce' reels (although they were made by workers between shifts in less prestigious workshops too).

The ball race bearing and the general bench-made look of it suggest it's not a commercially manufactured reel?
I thought it very unusual having ball races on a reel of that age as well as a rim mounted optional check.
As for build more like Ransome lawn mower factory : :Hahaha:
This also came with it which looks like half a turntable reel
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Both seem to very heavy build quality

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