Thos. H. Chubb Henshall Van Antwerp Fishing Reels

Thos. H. Chubb Henshall-Van Antwerp Fishing Reels

Thos. H. Chubb Henshall-Van Antwerp Reel - Post Mills, VT

Thos. H. Chubb company was established in 1869 and sold a wide range of quality rods and reels. He made what is perhaps the most interesting bait casting reel ever made. It first appeared in 1885. The flowing lines and protruding drag thumb lever and click lever make this reel highly sought by collectors today. The German sliver Henshall-Van Antwerp reel was made for only a few years and incorporates his September 27, 1887 patent. There are three different models that are differentiated by the location of the thumb brake and click mechanisms. The last model Henshall-Van Antwerp reels were made by Julius vom Hofe. The reel is named after two of Chubb's friends and associates. Dr. J.A. Henshall, author of "The Book of the Black Bass," wrote about the merits of using tackle made by Thos. Chubb. Chubb also credited Dr. Wm. Van Antwerp, of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky with co-designing the reel design features. It's important to note that only Chubb's name appears on his patents as the "Inventor." Chubb also made a small fly reel. He received a Design Specification patent on May 22, 1883 and a patent on July 31, 1883 for his fly reel.

The Chubb factory burned down in 1891. Chubb then sold the business to Montague City Rod Co. that year. Montague changed the company name from "Thos. H. Chubb" to "T.H. Chubb Rod Co."



HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP First Model Reels


The First Model HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel, circa 1885


The First Model HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel, circa 1885


The First Model HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel, circa 1886


The Second Model HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel, circa 1887


HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reels - 2nd and 3rd Models


The HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP 2nd Model Reel, circa 1890


Thos. H. Chubb First Model HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel 1885 Ad


Thos. H. Chubb First Model HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel 1887 Ad


Thos. H. Chubb Second Model HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel 1888 Ad


HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel in Thos. H. Chubb 1888 Catalog


Thos. H. Chubb Fly Reel in the 1888 Catalog


T. H. Chubb Rod Co. Ad in 1892 "The Sportsman Directory"


T. H. Chubb Rod Co. Ad in May 1894 "American Field" Magazine


HENSHALL-VAN ANTWERP Reel in T. H. Chubb Rod Co. 1895 Catalog showing Third Model


Thomas H. Chubb September 27, 1887 Patent


Thomas H. Chubb Fly 1883 Reel Patents


Thomas H. Chubb November, 1883 "The American Angler" Magazine Ad


To see high quality digitized versions of early Thos. H. Chubb Catalogs on Google Books website, click on the links below.

Link to 1886, 1888 and 1893 Thos. H. Chubb Catalogs

Link to 1890 Thos. H. Chubb Catalog

Link to 1891 Thos. H. Chubb Catalog

Link to 1895 Thos. H. Chubb Catalog



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