Posted on November 01 2007
Among other items to be sold at the Lang auction in Boxborough, Massachusetts are a William Billinghurst sidemounted fly reel in its original box, a rare German silver and aluminum “Ben Hur” model reel made in the early 1900s by the William H. Talbot Reel Co. of Nevada, Missouri, and a reel personalized for Sparse Grey Hackle by Alfred E. Hewitt. “One highlight for reel collectors is a handmade aluminum trout reel, one of less than two dozen such reels made by inventor and author Edward R. Hewitt, a well-known figure in the Catskills before his death in 1957. Hewitt’s reel is engraved to Alfred E. Miller, better known as the fishing author Sparse Grey Hackle. The Hewitt fly reel has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.” In the MetroWest Daily News.