Meek 44

A friend recently bought this reel. It was missing 3 screws, two for the foot and one on the backplate.
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The foot was held on by two “rivets’ made from nails. I had to disassemble in order to get at the nails. Then I made 3 new screws from 18% nickel silver. There is some discussion of screw slots here.
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The new screws are shiny. Maybe they will look right in another 100 years.
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Many parts have milgrain decoration.
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The shaft, ratchet, pawl, and spring are magnetic. I assume the the two bushes are bronze. The rest may be nickel silver.
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It weighs 6.6 oz. The end plates are 2.275 diameter, and the pillars are 1.00 long. The spool end plates are just 1.625 diameter, clearly meant for a silk line.

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One Response to Meek 44

  1. Fred Balling says:

    A bit of flame treating will oxidize the NS to black, then hand polishing will lighten it some.

    The winding arm is the first I have seen in this particular form with the dogleg and waisted counter arm. All the others had a straight edged counter arm.

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