Talbot Reel & Mfg. Co. Fishing Reels

Talbot Reel & Mfg. Co. Fishing Reels

Talbot Reel & Mfg. Co. - K.C., MO

In 1913 the company name Wm. H. Talbot Reel Co. was changed to Talbot Reel & Mfg. Co. and was moved to Kansas City, MO. The top of the line reels were the No's 52, 53 and 54 with the second digit being the reel size. Talbot also made the size No's 2X, 3X and 4X series reels. The second digit "X" on these reels signified what options came with the reel. Options included sapphire jeweled end bearings, sapphire jeweled journal bearings, click and drag. The Niangua, Meteor, Mars, Comet and Star models were also made by the company while in Kansas City, MO. The Ben Hur Fly Reel was continued to be made in the two sizes 2 3/16 and 2 1/2 inch end plate diameters. They were Talbot also made custom ordered reels for individuals with fancy embellishments. The one made for Al Foss shown below is one such reel.

Talbot History -  The earliest Wm. H. Talbot reels were made in Nevada, MO from about 1895 to 1913. The first models made in Nevada were marked No. 2, 3 or 4 and had four screws attaching the head plate to the reel frame. Talbot received a patent in January 22, 1901 for a design that incorporated only three screws to attach the head plate. The top of the line model was marked No. 50. This model had clear sapphire jeweled bearings and an ivory knob. The forerunners of this high quality reel were the Levison Special and the Talbot Special. These models are very scarce. Other scarce models were the Talbot No. 60 and No. 75. The Niangua is also a high quality reel and was made with and without jeweled bearings. The most desirable reel for collectors is the Ben Hur fly reel. It came in two sizes and are considered very scarce. His bottom of the line of reels (if there is a bottom of the line for Talbot) are named after heavenly bodies like Meteor, Mars and Comet. These reels can also be found with and without garnet jewels for spool bearings. Talbot also marked his standard reels with the names of sporting goods and hardware stores stores like Gus Habich in Indianapolis, VIM in Chicago and Schmelzer Arms Co. in Kansas City.

In 1920, the company was sold to Richardson Rod & Reel Co. in Chicago. Richardson made standard Talbot reels and also made special free-spool reels for tournament casting. All Talbot reels are collectable and sought after by collectors.



AL FOSS Custom TALBOT Reel


The TALBOT No. 52 Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT No. 54 Tournament Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT No. 54 Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT SPECIAL Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT No. 21 Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT No. 35 Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915

Bearing Cap removed to show Sapphire Jeweled Bearing


The TALBOT No. 31 Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT No. 43 Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT No. 41 Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT NIANGUA Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915, made for Schmelzer Arms

Bearing Cap removed to show the Violet Garnet Jeweled Bearing


The TALBOT TOMAHAWK Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915, made for VIM


The TALBOT METEOR Reel With Exposed Jewels, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT METEOR Reel With Capped Jewels, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT METEOR with Drag Button, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT STAR Reel, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT STAR Reel Box, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT COMET Reel Box, Kansas City, MO, circa 1915


The TALBOT 1915 Catalog



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