Antique Tackle Observer () is a new blog dedicated to the history of fishing tackle, and it contains a trove of information on antique fly fishing reels. I spent a solid half hour perusing the photos and descriptions of a variety of reels from the Edward Vom Hofe with Adjustable Automatic Silent Tension Drag to the to the new reels Hardy is having made in Japan. Even if you have little interest in collectibles, it is fun to compare the inner workings of famous old reels with their modern counterparts.
Listed is a Goldseal-Ball Bearing antique fly fishing reel. It is five inches in diameter. The hardware is brass, and I would say that the predominant wood is walnut and the handles most likely rosewood. The reel is in great shape with some minor scuffing and scratching. Thanks for looking.....questions welcome.