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This second version was first manufactured in 1940/41 and the first time “Made in France” was caste on the housing. All first and second version reels have the round anti-reverse knobs, were Right-Handed (left hand wind) with Level Wind gearing only and now have paint primer. You will find first version parts without primer on second version reels with primer during the transitional period. You will not find serial numbers on any authentic first or second versions.  

 

The earliest releases of this version will have several different variations of the internal Transfer Gears made of aluminum and brass and if this is the case; the Handle was originally fitted with the Rosewood Knob. Please note that the wood knobs wore out and were replaced with the new aluminum. The pictures of the Spools (5 and 6) show the first version to the left and the second version to the right. Pictures 7, 8 and 9 are of the most common last release of this 2nd version. These were also the first of the round aluminum Handle Knobs and the Transfer Gear is now solid aluminum. 



Some incorrectly believe The Mitchell (300 series) was first made in 1946/47 for many reasons but mainly due to no historical records prior to then. We have also documented that Garcia's involvement started in 1947 but No 1st or 2nd versions were sold by Garcia. No LH (301) 2nd versions were produced. Their box is currently under study and will be completed soon.

 

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