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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:45 pm • #  
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Hi Mates,

Here is a new addition to my collection that is one of the earlier right hand wind Salt Waters and the first of the full bails. Mitchell didn't make a right hand wind half bail Salt Water. This reel is all original and was quite dirty when I received it but it did have the original (very dry) grease in it. It is Ser # A36800. Sandman and I have been in communication on this reel and we both estimate that it's from 1955.
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The first of the full bails had the straight bail arm and no bail bumper, therefore, this reel makes a loud "crack" when the bail trips shut. The anti-backlash mechanism is curious for a reel this early - some of these reels have them and others don't so I can't determine if it's original or not on this reel. The reel seat has been filed down as is common for these early Salt Waters.
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The anti-reverse lever is black (some are aluminum like on the first versions) and the handle is typical of the second version Salt Waters - smooth screw type with a screwdriver slot in the end.
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The rotor counter weight is welded in as expected. There is some corrosion but I think minimal for a reel this age and for as dirty as it was. It now operates perfectly smooth with a crisp bail. I don't believe these reels are very common. as always Mates, questions or comments are always welcome and I hope you enjoyed seeing a very early RHW Full Bail Salt Water Mitchell.

Regards,
Chris


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:06 pm • #  
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Hey Chris, cool reel...it's in quite nice condition, considering most of these finishes suffered from salt damage.

The early SW RHW reels are uncommon. Of eighty "A" series Salt Water reels I've recorded, I've only seen seven RHW. Yours being the third earliest, of which A28xxx is the lowest serial number I've seen.

All of the features are period correct and it likely came with the second version sticker. Some call it "stepped".

I'm curious if the oscillation slide has retainer ring clips or screws holding it to the axle, and, if the axle bearing nut is of the spanner or hex variety?...while both of these items transitioned earlier than your reel, because it is an early RHW, you never know.

I too am amazed at how these reels come out with amazingly smooth operation after a good cleaning. Rarely do I see the internals affected by the salt.

Nice find!
Sandman


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:13 pm • #  
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Hi Sandman,

Thank you for the kind comments on this reel and the excellent additional information. On this reel the oscillation slide was held in place with the clips, the bearing nut is a hex and you're right, the stem and reel seat has experienced some corrosion but the internals are like new. Appreciate you sharing your experience and expertise.

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Chris


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:32 am • #  
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Nice looking reel Chris. Got curious and checked mine against yours. It still has the yellow "finger" label. The handle end is not smooth but has the serrated cuts in it. Serial number 28714. I didn't take it apart to check the insides and the foot has never been filed. Paint is all intact.
Kim :sCh_fisherman:


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