Julius vom Hofe Fishing Reels

Julius vom Hofe - New York, NY

The Julius vom Hofe Company was established in 1857. That was 10 years before his brother Edward established his business. He received several patents and became one of the most prolific reel makers. The first Julius vom Hofe patent was on November 26, 1867. It was for the bridge over the drive gear inside the reel. His next patent was for the reel end plates being made of hard rubber with metal protective bands. This patent was granted on November 17, 1885. The other common patent date seen on his reels is October 8, 1889. This was for a rear spool bearing steel pivot and washer. Julius was one of the most prolific reel designers with 9 patents granted to him. One of his most important patents was granted on March 21, 1911 for the B-Ocean star drag. His last patent was granted on May 20, 1924 for a reduced cost reel.

His models range from the highest quality solid nickel silver (German silver) reels to less expensive nickel plated brass and hard rubber reels. All of his reels are sought by collectors. His earliest pre-patent date reels were the ball handle style and had a distinctive clover leaf logo stamped in the reel's head plate. Julius vom Hofe made reels for a number of Sporting Goods dealers and marked them with his name and that of the company. This included companies like Thos. J. Conroy in NY, Abbey & Imbrie in NY and von Lengerke & Detmold in NY. All of the reels pictured below are nickel silver or nickel silver and hard rubber.


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 2/00 Reel with Clover Logo, circa 1890


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 2/00 down to Size 4 Reels, circa 1900


The JULIUS vom HOFE B-Ocean Size 6/0 down to Size 1 Reels, circa 1920


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 4 Bass Reel, circa 1890


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 3 1/2 Bass Reel, circa 1900


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 3 1/2 Bass Reel, circa 1900


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 4 Bass Reel, circa 1900


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 2 Fly Reel, circa 1900


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 2 Surf Tournament Reel, circa 1900


The JULIUS vom HOFE Regal Tarpon Reel, circa 1920


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 2/00 SILVER KING Reel for Thos. J. Conroy, circa 1920


The JULIUS vom HOFE B-Ocean Size 1 Reel, circa 1930


The JULIUS vom HOFE B-Ocean Size 2/0 Reel, circa 1930


The JULIUS vom HOFE B-Ocean Size 12/0 Reel, circa 1930


The JULIUS vom HOFE B-Ocean Size 6/0 and 12/0 Reels, circa 1930


The JULIUS vom HOFE Size 2 Raised Pillar Casting Reel


JULIUS vom HOFE B-Ocean Catalog Pages, circa 1930


JULIUS vom HOFE 1914 Catalog Pages



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