Hardy were experts in innovation, so when the customer who bought the Hardy Perfect reel asked for additional braking control they got it, in the form of a brass frame brake system.
Hardy Auxiliary brakes were factory added to all types of drum reels, fly, spin, trolling and big game patterns.
The one here is on a Hardy Perfect 4-1/4” salmon reel from the 1930’s period, with Duplicated Mk 2 check mechanism and revolving line guide, it has it all.
The reason for the aux brake is to give additional pressure to the spool controlled by the angler over and above the check regulator system on the rim.
Does it work? Yes. Are these brakes rare to find? Yes.
Does it increase the value over a standard reel? Yes.
Are they a good future investment for a collector?