L. A. Kiefer Fishing Reels

L. A. Kiefer Fishing Reels

Louis A. Kiefer - Indianapolis, IN

Louis A. Kiefer was born in Miami, OH in 1843 to his Bavarian parents Louis F. and Mary Kiefer. He was taken in as a partner in his father's business of watch and clock making. The company name was L.F. Kiefer & Son. Louis maintained the company even after his father's death in 1896 up through the 1920's.

Louis received two patents for fishing reels on August 23, 1881 and on February 21, 1882. The first patent was for a free-spool feature. The second patent was for a removable foot that was meant to be permanently attached to the fishing rod. The reel was removed from the foot by depressing a spring loaded lock and rotating it 90 degrees. Louis died on June 23, 1938 in Indianapolis, IN.

The LOUIS A. KIEFER Reel, circa 1882

The LOUIS A. KIEFER 1881 and 1882 Patents

The LOUIS A. KIEFER 1881 and 1882 Patents

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