HEDSON, TAYLOR, Antique Vintage Fishing Reels History & Reference Information. by Bernard (Bernie) Ladd, 2013.

HEDSON Vintage Multiplying Revolving drum fishing reel information.

The HEDSON Revolving Drum Multiplier is a look a like of the Unique Taylor fishing reel, the first Australian revolving drum multiplier reel designed and made in Sydney in the mid 1930s by R.R. Taylor Repetition Engineers Pty. Ltd. The maker of the Hedson (c.1949) is not known, but it is clear that the maker took advantage of the fact that the Unique Taylor design was not patent protected.

Only a limited number of HEDSON reels were produced. These included: (H2) Model No.100, Hedson Super Cast with the plastic revolving drum with Hedson name moulded in the spool; (H1) Hedson All Purpose model; (H4) Hedson Deluxe version with the body, spool and gearing cover, machined from Aluminum alloy Bar Stock; (H3) Hedson Standard with aluminum alloy body and spool and (H5) Hedson anodised silver aluminium alloy model. HEDSON fishing reels were produced with two different main spindle bearing options, ball bearing or sleeve (bush) bearings. The multiplying models came with machine cut gears; check lever; non-go back lever-prevent crank handle reversing; free spool lever for casting with automatic re-engagement of gears upon crank movement. According to Craig Aitken, Fishing Tackle Guide, 1949, a non-multiplier HEDSON, Model No.101 was produced, with direct-wind, un-geared version with check only.

HEDSON All Purpose vintage fishing reel made in Australia

H1

Knobs bakelite

HEDSON All Purpose vintage fishing reel made in Australia

Combined line guide & adjustable anti-back lash spool brake

 H2

HEDSON All Purpose. Aluminium alloy back dia, 4 9/16"; drum width 1"; spool face dia, 4 9/16"; pressed alloy gear cover anodised brown. -c 1949. Extremely Rare to find in Near Mint Condition .

HEDSON Super Cast. Machined Aluminium alloy. body; back dia, 4 9/16"; plastic drum width 1 1/4"; pressed alloy gear cover anodised brown.Combined line guide & adjustable anti-back lash spool brake. -c 1949. Very Rare.

HEDSON All Purpose vintage fishing reel made in Australia

H 3

HEDSON All Purpose vintage fishing reel made in Australia

HEDSON standard. Machined from Aluminium alloy; back dia, 4 5/8";drum width 7/8 "; spool face dia, 4 1/2"; v plate anti reverse; v plate optional check; triangle lever free spool option -c.1940. Very Rare.

1- HEDSON De Luxe Revolving Drum Multipl

H5

2- HEDSON De Luxe Revolving Drum Multipl
5- HEDSON De Luxe Revolving Drum Multipl
HEDSON All Purpose vintage fishing reel made in Australia

Rare

H4

HEDSON All Purpose vintage fishing reel made in Australia

HEDSON anodised silver aluminium alloy model. Brass fittings nickel plated; bakelite handle knobs (all models) back dia 4 5/8''; drum width 1 1/2"; anti reverse lever; optional check lever; triangle lever free spool option. -c 1940. Very Rare.

6- HEDSON De Luxe Revolving Drum Multipl
3- HEDSON De Luxe Revolving Drum Multipl
4- HEDSON De Luxe Revolving Drum Multipl

HEDSON de-luxe. Machined from aviation grade Aluminium alloy bar stock. Back diameter, 4 9/16"; spool (drum) width 1 1/8"; spool face diameter, 4 3/16", Nickle plated star drag wheel; reel foot nickle plated brass; nickle plated brass curved crank handle, other fittings also nickel plated brass; anti reverse lever; optional check lever; free spool lever option. Weight of reel 644 grams. -c. 1940. Extremely Rare.

TAYLOR Revolving Drum Multiplying vintage fishing  reel models. Maker R.R. Taylor & Co. Artarmon NSW Australia.

1- TAYLOR L H wind vintage fishing reel
2- TAYLOR L H wind vintage fishing reel
4- TAYLOR L H wind vintage fishing reel
6- TAYLOR L H wind vintage fishing reel
3- TAYLOR L H wind vintage fishing reel
5- TAYLOR L H wind vintage fishing reel

TAYLOR Revolving drum multiplier for use under rod. L H wind Sleeve bearing model. Maker R.R. Taylor & Co. , Artarmon NSW. Aluminium alloy body and spool construction; gear ration ratio 2 : 1; nickle plated brass star drag wheel; separate free spool, anti-reverse and optional check levers; Aluminium spool (drum) width 1 1/16", diameter 4 9/16"; nickle plated brass curved crank handle; plastic handle knobs; nickle plated brass foot. Weight of reel 656 grams. Oringinal box, 3 spool (drum) sizes with spool nut removal tool  -c. 1940. Extremely rare.

1- TAYLOR Sleeve bearing vintage fishing
1- TAYLOR vintage fishing reel with Box
5- TAYLOR Sleeve bearing vintage fishing
2- TAYLOR Sleeve bearing vintage fishing
3- TAYLOR Sleeve bearing vintage fishing
6- TAYLOR Sleeve bearing vintage fishing

TAYLOR Revolving drum multiplier for use under rod., Sleeve bearing model. Maker R.R. Taylor & Co. , Artarmon NSW. Aluminium alloy body and spool construction; gear ration ratio 2 : 1; nickle plated brass star drag wheel; separate free spool, anti-reverse and optional check levers; Aluminium spool (drum) width 1 1/4", diameter 4 9/16"; aluminium crank handle; ebonite handle knobs; nickle plated brass foot. Weight 656 grams.  The "Taylor" Reel Sleeve Bearing S & A Sydney marked on backplate -c. 1940. Extremely rare with Box and manual.

1- TAYLOR Ball Bearing vintage fishing r
2- TAYLOR vintage Ball Bearing fishing r
3- TAYLOR vintage Ball Bearing fishing r
4- TAYLOR vintage fishing reel Clutch-Dr
5- TAYLOR Ball Bearing vintage fishing r
6- TAYLOR Ball Bearing vintage fishing r

TAYLOR Revolving drum multiplier for use under rod., Ball bearing model. Maker R.R. Taylor & Co. , Artarmon NSW. Aluminium alloy body and spool construction; gear ration ratio 2 : 1; nickle plated brass star drag wheel; separate free spool, anti-reverse and optional check levers; Aluminium spool (drum) width 1 1/4", diameter 4 9/16"; aluminium crank handle; plastic handle knobs; nickle plated brass foot. Weight of reel 656 grams.  The "Taylor" Reel  Ball Bearing S & A Sydney marked on backplate -c. 1950. Hard to find.

4- TAYLOR Sleeve bearing vintage fishing
1- Spool size options for Taylor vintage
5- TAYLOR vintage fishing reel Certifica
2- TAYLOR vintage fishing reel Sleeve Be
2-  SLEEVE BEARING  reel box
3- TAYLOR vintage fishing SLEEVE BEARING
6- TAYLOR vintage fishing reel box marke

Above, slide image view of an original Taylor fishing reel Manual, featuring Sleeve Bearing and Ball Bearing models with specifications, schematics and service instructions. Very hard to find an original example.

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