B.F. Meek Reels
B.F. Meek, Louisville, KY
B.F. Meek was a watchmaker in Louisville in 1882 when he established his reel
making shop. He had previously been partners with his brother and made reels
marked "J.F. & B.F. Meek" (circa 1839 to 1850) and later with fellow apprentice
B.C. Milam and marked the reels "Meek & Milam" (circa 1853 to 1881). He is
credited with making the first reel to incorporate spiral cut gears and oil
holes for the bearings. His reels were marked "B.F. Meek" from 1882 to 1890.
B.F. Meek died in 1901.
Meek History - B.F. Meek's son, Sylvanus, is credited with making the early reels marked "B.F. Meek &
Sons". He and his brother Pitman started helping his father and his company in 1890.
They continued in the business until 1898 when Pitman Meek dies.They then sold the
company to J.J. Sutcliffe, et al. For a 2 year period around 1900, the reels were marked "Blue
Grass Reel Works." This was a time when there was litigation between the Meek
company and the Milam company on who can lay claim to the title of "The
Frankfort Kentucky Reel." There are three grades of reels marked "B.F. Meek &
Sons." The most expensive were simply marked No. 2, No. 3, etc. The mid-grade
reels were the Blue Grass line. They were marked Blue Grass No. 3, 4 or 5. The
inexpensive line were takeapart-type reels and were marked with the No.'s 25, 33
or 34. The reels were marked "B.F. Meek &
Sons" until 1916 when the company was sold to Horton
Mfg. in Conneticut.
All Meek fishing reels are collectable and those
marked "J.F. & B.F. Meek" or "B.F. Meek" are very rare.
The B.F. MEEK NO. 1 Reel, circa 1885
The B.F. MEEK NO. 2 Reel, circa 1885
The B.F. MEEK NO. 2 Reels, circa 1885
The B.F. MEEK NO. 3 Reel, circa 1885
The B.F. MEEK NO. 3 Reel, circa 1892
The B.F. MEEK NO. 3 Reels, circa 1883
The B.F. MEEK NO. 4 Reel, circa 1885
The B.F. MEEK NO. 5 Reel, circa 1885
The B.F. MEEK NO. 6 Reel, circa 1885
The B.F. MEEK NO. 7 Reel, circa 1885
MEEK Reel Sizes 6, 7 & 8
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