Onesimus Ustonson Fishing Reel & Winch Makers

Onesimus Ustonson Fishing Reels & Winches

Onesimus Ustonson - London, England

It is known that fishing reels (winches) have been made in England for a long time. Reels by Onesimus Ustonson are desirable to collectors since they represent the earliest known multiplying reels. He also made fly reels. The oldest reels are marked "Ustonson, Maker to The Queen, Temple Bar, London." Later, the reels were marked "Ustonson Maker Temple Bar London." The multiplying reels are not as common as the fly reels. The Utonson company made reels for about 100 years. The company was in business from about 1760 to 1855.

The earliest fishing rods did not have a metal seat or locking band to securely attach the reel to the rod. The reel was fastened to the rod with leather straps laced through holes or notches in the reel's foot. Reels with a perforated foot were made in the early 1800's.


The USTONSON Fly Reel w/Folding Crank Handle Knob

Unmarked Brass Reel from Ustonson Era, circa 1820

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