B.F. Meek & Sons Kentucky Fishing Reels
B.F. Meek & Sons - Louisville, KY
B.F. Meek's son,
Pitman, and his brother, Sylvanus, are credited with making the early reels
marked "B.F. Meek &
Sons". Pitman started making reels with his father when it started as "B.F. Meek" in 1883.
Pitman died in 1896. Sylvanus started reel making in 1886 and continued in the business until 1898 when the company was sold.
They sold the
company to the 3 businessmen Sutcliffe, Carter and O’Conner. For a 3 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 take-apart 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 Connecticut.
The No. 44 fly reel is by far the most sought after by collectors. It's simple, yet
elegant design makes it aesthetically pleasing. The other reels that are scare
are the larger size reels like the No.'s 6, 7 and 8. The No. 10 and No. 11 were the
largest reels made by them. Another unique Meek reel is one
marked "CLUB SPECIAL." It's a No. 2 size reel with a larger than normal
1 3/4 inch wide spool.
Meek History - B.F. Meek was a watchmaker in Louisville in 1883 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 1883 to 1890.
B.F. Meek died in 1901. 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 & SONS Reels
The B.F. MEEK & SONS German Silver & Hard Rubber Reels
The B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 2 Reel, circa 1910
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 2 CLUB SPECIAL Reel Variations, circa 1910
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 2 Tournament Reel, circa 1910
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 2 Tournament Reel, circa 1900
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 3 Reel, circa 1900
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 3 Reel, circa 1905
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 3 FREE-SPOOL Reel, circa 1915
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 4 Reels, circa 1905
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 5 Reel, circa 1905
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 6 Reel, circa 1900
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 8 Reel, circa 1899
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 8 and No. 11 Reels, circa 1910
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 44 Fly Reel, 2nd Model, circa 1900
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 44 Fly Reel, 3rd Model, circa 1911
BLUE GRASS REEL made by B.F.MEEK & SONS, No's. 3 and 4, circa 1900
B.F. MEEK & SONS No's. 3 and 4 BLUE GRASS Reels, circa 1915
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 4 BLUE GRASS Reel, circa 1910
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 5 BLUE GRASS Reel, circa 1910
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 3 Tournament Award Reel
Engraving on a B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 3 Reel
B.F. MEEK & SONS Left and Right Hand No. 11 Reels
B.F. MEEK & SONS 1898 Reel
B.F. MEEK & SONS Reel Catalog, circa 1899
B.F. MEEK & SONS No. 10 Reel, circa 1905
1907 B.F. MEEK & SONS Ad
B.F. MEEK & SONS 1902 Magazine Ad
1916 B.F. MEEK & SONS Catalog Free-Spool Reel Description
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