Australian Antique Vintage Fishing Reels, G E S Sidecast History Reference by Bernard Ladd 10/3/2014.

GES side cast fishing reels were made by Brisbane tinsmith George Snowden who, in addition to a Ferguson- style; pivot press lever turntable, also produced a range of models featuring a hook plunger turntable action, line guide casting configuration. Three models were produced during the 1950s, with different style line guide turntable mechanisms, and drum-spools made from Australian silky oak wood or moulded from bakelite .

GES bakelite and metal sidecast reel.

G E S vintage side cast fishing reel made in Australia

G1

G E S vintage side-cast fishing reel metal back plate image

G2

Vintage G E S side-cast fishing reel, internal gearing view

Pressed gunmetal back diameter 4 1/4''; pressed gun metal backed bakelite drum width 2 5/8 ''; lever style optional check; gunmetal turntable base bracket; gunmetal removable forked line guide; saddle gunmetal; plunger- operated turntable action; gun metal collets; bakelite knobs; spring tension spool adjusting knurled nut. All metal components nickel plated. Stamped GES on back plate and moulded in bakelite drum centre -c.1950.

GES wood and metal forked guide sidecast.

G E S vintage wood & metal side cast fishing reel made in Australia

G3

G E S vintage side-cast wood fishing reel back plate image

G4

Vintage G E S wood & metal side-cast reel internal mechanism image

Pressed gunmetal back diameter 4 1/4''; pressed gun metal backed silky oak drum width 2 5/8 ''; lever style optional check; gun metal turntable base bracket; brass removable forked line guide ; saddle gunmetal; Note: line guides were made from brass or gunmetal. gunmetal collets; bakelite handle knobs; spring tension spool ajdusting knurled nut. All metal components nickel plated. Stamped GES on turntable pivot leaver lock -c.1950.

GES wood and metal single guide sidecast.

Vintage G E S wood & metal side-cast fishing reel press lever action turn table

G5

Vintage G E S wood & metal side-cast fishing reel press lever action turn table made in Australia

G6

 G E S vintage wood & metal side-cast fishing reel press lever action turn table made in Australia

Pressed gun metal back diameter 4 1/4''; pressed gun metal backed silky oak drum width 2 5/8 ''; lever style optional check; gunmetal turntable base bracket; brass removable single line guide; saddle gunmetal; gunmetal collets; bakelite handle knobs; spring tension spool adjusting knurled nut. All metal components nickel plated. Stamped GES on turntable pivot leaver lock -c.1950.

GUNMETAL composition: This is a copper-tin alloy, similar to bronze, used where resistance to corrosion required, especially by sea water. It is easily cast and machines well. Composition: 88% copper, 8% tin, 4% zinc.

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