Orvis - C.F. Orvis 1874 Fly Reel - Third Model

For sale here is a C.F. Orvis 1874 patent fly reel. This is a third model reel with removable oil cap and "C.F. Orvis - Maker -- Patented - Manchester VT" on the face. A well worn reel with a high degree of brassing to the finish. Mechanically sound, though the reel has clearly seen many days on the water. The handle is removable and the threads are in good condition. RHW only. The reel foot is full length but has some light tool marks at either end. The small oil cap dates this reel to the first few years of the 1900's. Often referred to as the first modern American fly reel, it features a fully ventilated frame and spool. Frame diameter is 2 7/8" and the spool width is 1/2". Weight is 5.20oz. A nice original example, ready to take fishing!

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