C. Farlow & Co. Salmon and Billiken Fishing Reels

C. Farlow & Co. Salmon and Billiken Fishing Reels

C. Farlow & Co. - London, England

Charles Farlow is one of the earliest British fishing tackle manufacturers. He began his business in 1840. His first reels were all brass with ivory crank knobs. They were stamped on the bottom of the foot with the image of a salmon. Later, the reels were engraved in script with "C. Farlow, Maker, 221 Strand, London." They were marked this way until 1851. In 1852 the company moved to a new address at 191 Strand, London. The company name was later changed to C. Farlow & Co. LTD in 1894. The early Farlow salmon reels have a fish logo stamped on the bottom of the foot.

Farlow made a wide range of reels from the early brass reels to the more common fly, salmon, spinning and wooden reels. They also made a Big Game reel and Tournament casting reels.

One of the most interesting and novel designs was the "Billiken" Tournament casting reel. It contained a "fan regulator" to keep the reel spool from over-running the line. The fan provide air resistance as the speed of the spool increased. The reel also incorporated a free-spool feature. The design was patented in 1910 and 1913 and and was made from 1911 through 1940. It came in two sizes - 2 1/4" and 3 1/8" diameter.

The FARLOW Salmon Reel, Circa 1850

The FARLOW 4 Inch & 3 1/2 Inch Salmon Reels, Circa 1850

Early Model FARLOW "BILLIKEN" Reel, Circa 1920

Late Model FARLOW "BILLIKEN" Reel, Circa 1930

1930 C. FARLOW CO. Catalog Pages

The FARLOW Salmon Reel, Circa 1890

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