By John Stephenson
The Saltssar Sea Fishing Reel is the reel that started me on my collecting journey 35 years ago. It was given to me by an elderly chap as a thank you for my efforts re-building his old cane rod. Thinking both items were worth a fortune, I gave them both the respect they deserved.
The reel has sat in one of my cabinets for all that time. However when doing the regular 35-year clean this week(!), I discovered with a magnifying glass the name was Saltssar and not Saltsgar as I had thought all these years. Not that it makes any difference, because I can’t find any information about it anyway. There is a large two letter BL trade mark on the front faceplate too.
It’s a 6” diameter mahogany Scarborough pattern sea reel, with a screw-off central boss and a large screw over a fibre washer underside. A lead balance weight in the drum core shows some finesse has been employed during its manufacture.
I have seen 2 or 3 others with different spellings, including one with T Walker, Scarborough.
So does anyone have any solid information on this reel? Just to satisfy my now active curiosity.
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