Howard & Sievers Bait Casting Fishing Reel, Hebron, IN

Howard & Sievers Bait Casting Fishing Reel, Hebron, IN

Howard & Sievers Bait Casting Fishing Reel - Hebron, IN

Horatio Howard received a patent for his fishing reel design on December 27, 1904. The 1905 Hebron, IN City Directory shows his occupation as an "Agent for the Penn Co." Horatio's partner was John Sievers and his occupation is shown in the same Directory as "Watches & Jewelry." This reel has a unique method of putting the reel in free spool mode. By rotating forward the knurled shaft with your thumb, the lever inside the back plate pushes the spool shaft toward the front plate. The small pinion gear on the spool shaft is then disengaged from the larger drive gear putting the reel in free spool mode. By rotating the knurled shaft backwards, the reel is returned to line retrieve mode. The knurled wheel on the front plate rim is used to engage the drag mechanism.



The HOWARD & SIEVERS Casting Reel, ca. 1904


The HOWARD & SIEVERS Casting Reel Internal Mechanisms


The HOWARD & SIEVERS Casting Reel Free Spool Mode


The December 27, 1904 HORATIO HOWARD Reel Patent



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