This is a super modified 3" diameter brass fly reel with two very special features. The standard crank handle has been removed and replaced with pair of sun and planet external gears fitted with drive handle plate.
What is really neat is the small steel flat lever to the underside of the large gear gives a free spool facility. By moving the lever it disengages the large wheel from the small wheel and reengaged with the lever moved back, the reel has geared or multiplier action.
I can’t attribute the reel features to any particular Patent but it doesn’t really matter anyway.
Clearly a lot of through has gone into this reel. It probably originally dates c 1900 period and with the patina age similar on all the parts it looks like it was converted or changed about its original production date.
I like it a lot and for the collectors of the non-standard or quirky reels this is a must have.
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