Dawson Fly Fishing Reel. Lionel Dawson was a qualified mechanical engineer, who worked intially at the Junbunna coal mine before establishing a motor repair shop and a General Motors car dealership at the near by town of Kurumburra, Victoria. It was there that he dsigned and made his first Dawson Fly Reel in the early 1930s. After the WWII, he held a position with Martin & King Pty Ltd, a Melbourne auto-engineering company which took over the manufacturing of the Dawson Fly Reel until around 1948. At this stage, Dawson decided to set up his own manufacturing company in Mentone, Melb. Production continued until final factory closure in the mid 1950s.   Ladd B, 15/8/2014.

CourtesyWayne Fulton,.

D1

No line guide.

Ex rare

Branded L.H Dawson Korumburra. Dia 3 3/8''; Spool 3/4''; Aluminium alloy body.Direct drive Brass crank, permanent check. Brass saddle; horn knob.-c. early 1930.

Courtesy Wayne Fulton.

D2

Ex rare

Early Dawson stamped DAWSON PERPETUAL PAT App For. Dia 3 1/2'';spool 3/4'' brass optional check and saddle; ebonite knob ball bearing -c.1935.

Black finish; flat brass knurled spool release. Dia 3 3/8'' Spool 3 1/4''; ebonte knob. brass saddle nickel plated. Made in Mentone;-c.1950s

D3

First model branded DAWSON PAT. No 200908 PERPETUAL Dia 3 1/2''; Spool 3/4'';Aluminium body; nos.1 to 4 (4-way) adj./check. Brass saddle; ebonite knob -c. 1935.

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D4

Rare

Dawson early box. Branded DAWSON PAT NO 200908 PERPETUALGrey finish.Dia 3 3/8''; spool 3/4''; nos.1 to 4 lever adjustable check; ebonite knob, -c.1940s.

Later model lever check, red- disc marked nos. I, 2, 3, 4.

D5

Dawson Experimental combined crank/spool retaining nut direct-drive;(4-way) lever Adj/Ck; dia 3 3/8''; Sl.3/4''.Martin & King,Melb -c 1940s.

Dawson Three Row perforation spool face.Alloy body; black finish. dia 3 3/8''. spool 3/4''; ebonite knob; brass saddle plated.

D7

D11

Courtesy Wayne Fulton

Ex rare

Careful examination has revealed no damage in the original knob screw threaded hole.The Dawson direct drive crank is in all likelihood an experimental or a prototype model, thus indicating various opinions that the crank is a repair, as most improbable.

Dawson Single Row perf, dia 3 3/8''; spool 3/4''; 4-way lever ck. All Dawson Models Came With 2 Radial Thrust Bearings.

D8

Courtesy Wayne Fulton

Rare

D12

Dawson bronze type finish -c. 1940s.

D9

D13

Scarce

D10

Scarce

Dawson grey finish; star 4-way Adj /ck

Courtesy Wayne Fulton

Dawson red box. Black finish; star 4-way Adj /ck.

D15

Ex rare

Dawson 4'', Sl.7/8'';B/ finish; Pat No 20908 NZ Pat App For.

Scarce

CourtesyWayne Fulton

D14

CourtesyWayne Fulton

Dawson grey finish, no brand;dia,4''; sl. 7/8''.

-c.1940s

Dawson alloy finish possibly prototype, no brand; dia 4''sl.11/16; lever 4-way Adj/ck. -c.1940s-50s.

Ex rare

Ex rare

Courtesy David Garner

The Dawson Perpetual Fly reel: The word Dawson printed on this Rodkraft box leaves us perplexed as to the manufacturing history of this collectable item.

Ex rare

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