Edward vom Hofe Fishing Reels

Edward vom Hofe Fishing Reels

Edward vom Hofe - New York, NY

Edward vom Hofe is known for his high quality fly, bait casting and salt water reels. The company was established in 1867. His first reel patent was Sept. 2, 1879 for a spring device to apply pressure to the spool like a drag. In January 23, 1883 he also got a patent for a click device with an arrow shaped pawl and two curved springs. The July 14, 1896 patent for an automatic drag is best known by fly reel collectors and is seen stamped on the oil caps on the Restigouche model. The best known patent that is marked on the reel bearing oil caps is the May 20, 1902 patent and is for the star drag. This patent date is seen on the Universal Star reels. Around 1940, the vom Hofe factory was moved from New York to Philadelphia. The company continued making reels up until World War II. Afterwards, the business was sold to Otto Zwarg in St. Petersburg, FL. His reels are also considered highly collectable and are sought after by collectors. Other vom Hofe's associated with reel making are his brother Julius and his father Fredrick.

Dating the year of manufacture of Edward vom Hofe reels isn't easy. All we know for sure is that the oldest reels were not serialized nor contained the model number. Later model reels had the model number, reel size and serial number stamped on the bottom of the reel's foot. It has been speculated that the letter proceeding the three digit serial number signifies the year made. I personally have not seen any evidence to back up this postulation. Obviously patent dates give an indication of the first years made. This can be confusing since patent dates were used up until the 1920's when patent numbers were used. Also, some reels containing old patent dates can be seen in catalogs from a much later date.

All Edward vom Hofe reels are of interest to collectors. The most sought after of his reels are at two ends of the size spectrum. Collectors seek the smallest size fly reels and the largest size big game fishing reels. The intermediate size salt water reels are also collectable, but more common.

The Edward vom Hofe Company made reels for about 80 years. A lot of the reel designs evolved over the years. As such, there are a large number of different reel models and sizes. The reel photos below are broken down into 4 categories - Fly Reels, Salmon Reels, Salt Water Reels and Big Game Reels.



The EDWARD Vom HOFE Reels


The EDWARD Vom HOFE German Silver Reel, Circa 1860


The Other Early EDWARD Vom HOFE Reel Markings


FLY REELS


The EDWARD Vom HOFE "PEERLESS" and "PERFECTION" Fly Reels


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 360 "PERFECTION" Size 2 Fly Reel, circa 1900


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 355 "PEERLESS" Size 4 Fly Reel, circa 1910


A Pair of EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 355 "PEERLESS" Fly Reels, pre-1908


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 355 "PEERLESS" Size 2 Fly Reel, circa 1900


SALMON REELS


The EDWARD Vom HOFE Early Salmon Reel, circa 1890


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 423 "RESTIGOUCHE" 6/0 Salmon Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 423 "RESTIGOUCHE" 1/0 Salmon Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 423 "RESTIGOUCHE" 6/0 Salmon Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 423 "RESTIGOUCHE" Salmon Reel, circa 1920


The EDWARD Vom HOFE "CASCAPEDIA" Salmon Reel, circa 1920


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 504 "TOBIQUE" 2/0 Salmon Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 504 "TOBIQUE" Size 1 Wide Spool Reel, circa 1930


The EDWARD Vom HOFE New York and Philadelphia No. 504 "TOBIQUE" Reels


The EDWARD Vom HOFE Philadelphia "RESTIGOUCHE" Salmon Reel, circa 1941


FRESH & SALT WATER MULTIPLYING REELS


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 621 "UNIVERSAL STAR" Surf Reel, circa 1930


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 415 4/0 Reel with Drag Adjustment Wrench


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 510 4/0 July 14, 1896 Patent Reel, circa 1898


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 471 Tarpon 4/0 Reel, circa 1900


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 501 6/0 Reel, circa 1908


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 491 "UNIVERSAL" Reel, circa 1920


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 491 "REGAL" Casting Reel, circa 1930


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 550 "Star" 1/0 Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 650 "ISLAMORADA" Surf Reel, circa 1940


BIG GAME REELS


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 722 "COMMANDER ROSS" 12/0 Reel, circa 1940


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 501 "UNIVERSAL SPECIAL" 9/0 Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 621 "UNIVERSAL STAR" 9/0 Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 721 "COMMANDER ROSS" 12/0 Reel, circa 1929


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 742 12/0 Cradle Reel, circa 1940


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 742 "Cradle Type" 14/0 Reel


EDWARD Vom HOFE Ad in 1876 Forest and Stream Magazine


1941 EDWARD Vom HOFE Catalog Pages


To see high quality digitized versions of two early Edward vom Hofe Catalogs on Google Books website, click on the links below.

Link to 1889 Edward vom Hofe Catalog - Part A - Rods

Link to 1889 Edward vom Hofe Catalog - Part B - Reels and Lures

Link to 1896 Edward vom Hofe Catalog



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