Shakespeare & Inglis Reels.

The Shakespeare Company is world renowned for quality production of tackle equipment. William Henry Shakespeare applied for patent approval of his new fishing reel invention on May 13th, 1897. He was given approval for his fishing reel on October 5th, 1897. William's reel design was not the first to receive a patent. But, his was the first reel to be created with two level carriage bolts, that he used to hold the reel's encircled line-guide on a wedge to wind the line back onto the reel evenly while other reels designed during that time were made with a failed single thread. Shakespeare was given financial help by his father's bank to manufacture his reel for anglers all over the world and started his company in 1889. The era faced a daunting and difficult economy, nonetheless the Shakespeare Company successfully produced refined silver-plated reels using jewelry manufacturing tools the designer had owned from a prior business. The Shakespeare Company is world renowned for its construction of affordable quality reels, collectors who add Shakespeare reels to their collections, are confident in their reel's value. Shakespeare reels were also produced in Canada for Canadians by John Inglis Company from Toronto Ontario. After the war Inglis began crafting household items including fishing equipment. According to some, by 1947 Inglis apparently signed a contract with Shakespeare to begin crafting the famous Shakespeare brand reels. However, we have an Inglis made in Canada Shakespeare Light Wonder Reel 1921 Model GF with the diamond Inglis stamp, which dates our reel to 1945 well before 1947. It is our opinion that John Inglis and Shakespeare had an agreement in place years before 1947. It’s a true testament to the quality of Shakespeare reels whether made in the U.S.A or Canada by John Inglis Co, that all these years later the reels still work great, and some folks are still catching fish with them. For us we enjoy collecting them.

This Shakespeare Light Wonder Reel 1921 Model GF in our collection dates to 1945. This amazing reel is one of our favorites in our collection, it features the more rare Diamond Inglis Stamp. the Diamond is also featured on the box with the image of the factory in it's background. Little details which make this reel very collectable and a favorite in our collection.

This Shakespeare Royal Super Reel 1985A Model FJ in our collection dates to 1952. It's crafted with Nickel Silver, and another of the great reels made in Canada by John Inglis Co.

This Shakespeare Triumph Model GK in our collection indicates that the Triumph model was first introduced in 1941. This Reel Crafted in Toronto another of the great reels made in Canada by John Inglis Co. Our Reel Dates to 1951

This Shakespeare Direct Drive model FK in our collection dates to 1953. The Direct Drive with nylon gears was first introduced in 1951. Just another of the great reels made in Canada by John Inglis Co. Our Reel is brand new. New old stock, it's never been fishing.

This Shakespeare Wondereel 1920 model GA dates to 1940. This reel was made in the USA and is an all time classic. This reel was part of a larger collection with rods and other items. We are happy to add this great reel to our collection.

This Kalamazoo Atlas 1708 model D dates to the 1950's. This reel was made in Canada by John Inglis company Toronto. This reel was used and in on catching a lot of fish. 

This Kalamazoo Sportsman Tru Axis 1722 Reel box is in pretty good shape we are looking for a great 1722 to add to this box.

An Early Shakespeare Co. Reel Oil Bottle. These made in the USA reel oilers are a great add to a reel display. There are some out there to be collected.

More great reels coming soon. Check back often to see more.

Alberta Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle.

Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

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