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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:37 am • #  
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Just picked up a Mitchell 440A from Ebay UK. There is NO serial number anywhere. The 3 cover plate screws appear original but are "Phillips" type and anodised black. The handle is all alloy without the usual black plastic screw part on the end. The reel is stamped "Made in France" on the base of the rotor and has "Mitchell" embossed on the upper part of the foot.The winder handle is the "torpedo" type. Any views/ ideas? Thanks Chris


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bristolmod,
Not being knowledgeable about a lot of the 80s produced reel, I can only say that there's a possibility this reel could have been produced right near production was moved to the Far East. Wallace Carney's statement "1990 = No serial numbers with few exceptions such as the Mitchell 300 PRO Anniversary that has been documented as one model still being assembled in France however; most models are now being manufactured in Taiwan."
My thinking is that near the end, there may have been a push to use up parts.
Of course, without knowing the history of the reel, it could have just made with new parts.
Just MHO.

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Ted Lanham


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Thanks Ted

yes a mystery! It has that "French" feel to it and works perfectly. Theres nothing to say that it wasn't assembled in France- apart from the "Phillips" type black anodised screws holding the side plate in which are common on a "Shimano" I have which was produced in the Far East..

The "dab" action is so far ahead of its time for match fishing here in the UK- a 1960's design that out performs all modern stuff I.M.O.


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bristolmod,

If you haven't checked to see what Wallace had for the 440A's, here's the link.

http://www.mitchellreelmuseum.com/index ... tegory/566

There is a couple examples with the philips head screw faceplates.
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Ted Lanham


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