Steelite Rare Bakelite Nottingham, Sidecast, Fly, Ball Bearing, Centre Pin Fishing Reels by Bernie Ladd, 6/10/2014.

Stewart & Allwood Pty. Ltd. in Sydney, under the Steelite brand produced a variety of reels, which included bakelite Nottingham, Sidecast, metal and bakelite Fly reels.The first known add in 1934, was for the bakelite Nottingham type Steelite reel, which was registered on 29 April 1931. Important to mention, most of the metal parts were made by R. R. Taylor & Co. based in Sydney as well. The early Steelite metal parts were either brass or bronze and nickel plated. During the 1950s nickel plating was superseded by chrome plating on the majority of parts.

 

Steelite reels were in direct competition with Alvey and some of the Alvey designs were indeed "borrowed" by Steelite.

Stewart & Allwood continued producing their reels well in to the 1970s, but eventually they were not able to compete with the famous Alvey, which today remains Australia's largest fishing reel manufacturing company.

Below are some of the Steelite range, that we believe are rather rare "key models" in comparison to the many different common Steelite fishing reel models.

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Steelite S back Centrepin Spool Release Button model.

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Bakelite and metal Centrepin Nottingham. Brown bakelite and metal construction. Back plate diameter 4 1/8''; metal backed drum (spool) width 1 1/2''; centrepin spool release button; revolving line guide; optional sliding check button; black erinoid handle knobs. S & A " Steelite " Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31 and a Large S moulded in the back. -c. 1940s. Rare model.

Steelite S Back  Black Bakelite Nottingham Non Line Guide model.

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Bakelite and metal  Nottingham. Black bakelite and metal construction. Back plate diameter 4 1/8''; metal backed drum (spool) width 1 1/2''; non - line guide version; optional sliding check button; black erinoid handle knobs. S & A " Steelite " Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31 and a Large S moulded in the back -c. 1940s. Scarce model.

Steelite S Back  Brown Bakelite Nottingham Line Guide model.

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Bakelite and metal  Nottingham. Brown bakelite and metal construction. Back plate diameter 4 1/8''; metal backed drum (spool) width 1 1/2''; revolving line guide; optional sliding check button; black erinoid handle knobs. S & A " Steelite " Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31 and a Large S moulded in the back -c. 1940s. Scarce model.

Steelite ' Pattern E ' Line Guide - Anti Backlash Braked model.

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Steelite Pattern E Line Guide - Anti Backlash Brake model. Black bakelite and metal construction. Back plate diameter 3 3/4''; drum (spool) width 1 3/4''; patten E aluminium line brake arm - anti backlash adjustment dial; optional sliding check button; black erinoid handle knobs -c. 1940s. A very rare model.

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Steelite Wire Line Guide - Anti Backlash Brake Torpedo Handle-Knob model.

Steelite Wire Line Guide - Anti Backlash Brake

model. Black bakelite and metal construction. Back plate diameter 3 3/4''; drum (spool) width 1 3/4'';

wire line brake arm - anti backlash adjustment dial;

optional sliding check button; twin erinoid torpedo handle knobs -c. 1940s. A rare model.

STEELITE ' SPEEDEX ' Model S Ball Bearing reel .

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Steelite SPEEDEX Canvas Impregnated Bakelite and Metal Ball Bearing Nottingham Reel. Maker Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW. Nickle plated brass fittings; ball bearings;  Erinoid handle knobs on drum (spool) face; Bikerdyke line guide;  sliding optional check button ; diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2''.  Steelite '' SPEEDEX '' BALL BEARING Reg. No. 1869 29.4.31  moulded on back. -c. Early 1930s. Rare

STEELITE  Full front metal crank-drag face model side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Back diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/2''; Gem pivot turntable; optional check; metal fittings (nickel plated)  S & A " STEELITE " Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31 moulded on back -c.1935. Very rare.

STEELITE Gem - Pivot  Anti - Line Twist Clip model side-cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal model 80 sidecast reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; gem pivot turntable; optional check; plastic type drum (spool) tension nut; anti - line twist clip; metal fittings (nickel plated)  S & A " STEELITE " Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31 moulded on back -c.1950s. Hard to find in original order.

STEELITE Ferguson Turntable  Anti - Line Twist Clip model side-cast reel.

Model 80 anti twist clip
Model 80 anti twist clip
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STEELITE Bakelite and metal model 80 sidecast reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; ferguson - style turntable; optional check; plastic type drum (spool) tension nut; anti - line twist clip; metal fittings (nickel plated)  S & A " STEELITE " Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31 moulded on back -c.1950s. Hard to find in original order.

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FISHKIL Model I ( incl. free spool, lever spool drum drag-brake, and optional check).

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STEELITE FISHKIL  Bakelite and metal revolving Drum Multiplier, Free Spool, Lever Spool Drag - Brake, Optional check model. Maker R.R. Taylor & Co for Stewart & Allwood Pty. Ltd, Sydney NSW -c. 1949. Bakelite back, alumium alloy drum (spool ) Chrome plated brass saddle (reel seat)  and metal fittings; gear ratio 2 1/2 : 1 ; free spool, spool drag-brake and optional check levers. S & A Sydney Steelite Fishkil Reg. No. 1869 moulded in bakelite backplate. Very rare with original box.

FISHKIL Model II (incl. free spool, optional check, non-lever spool drum drag-brake).

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STEELITE FISHKIL  Bakelite and metal revolving Drum Multiplier, Non Lever Spool Drag - Brake model. Maker R.R. Taylor & Co for Stewart & Allwood Pty. Ltd, Sydney NSW -c. 1949. Bakelite back, alumium alloy drum (spool ) Chrome plated brass saddle (reel seat)  and metal fittings; gear ratio 2 1/2 : 1 ; free spool and optional check levers. S & A Sydney Steelite Fishkil Reg. No. 1869 moulded in bakelite backplate. Rare.

STEELITE  ' VULCAN '  SINGLE ACTION 6 1/4" GAME REEL.

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Steelite Vulcan Bakelite and Metal Single Action Game Reel. Size 6 1/4''. Maker Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW. Nickle plated brass  backed drum (spool); Nickle plated reel saddle (foot); Bakelite hexagonal drum tension knob; Erinoid handle knobs on drum (spool) face; Bikerdyke line guide;  sliding optional check button ; diameter 6 1/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/2''. 6 1/4 ''  ''Steelite'' Reg. No. 1869 29.4.32  moulded on back. -c. 1930s. Rare

STEELITE  ' DUPLEX '  MODEL K -  6 1/4" GAME REEL.

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Steelite Duplex Bakelite and Metal Non reversing - Free Spool Game Reel. Size 6 1/4''. Maker Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW. Nickle plated brass  backed drum (spool); Nickle plated reel saddle (foot); star drag crank handle dual clutch ( front and inner drum see picture 3); Erinoid handle knobs; Non Bikerdyke line guide version;  Single lever operated Non reversing - Free spool adjustment ; diameter 6 1/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/2''.  Steelite " Duplex " Reg. No. 1869 (sic) 29.4.31  moulded on back. -c. 1930s. Scarce.

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STEELITE  ' DUPLEX '  MODEL K -  6 1/4" GAME REEL. Fixed Anti-Reverse and Check Pawl.

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Steelite Duplex Bakelite and Metal Fixed check - Anti- Reverse Game Reel. Size 6 1/4''. Maker Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW. Nickle plated brass  backed drum (spool); Nickle plated reel saddle (foot); star drag crank handle - front and inner dual clutch drum (see picture 4); Erinoid handle knobs; Non Bikerdyke line guide version;  Fixed Non Reversing Drum and Check Pawl operation ; diameter 6 1/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/2''.      Steelite " Duplex " Reg. No. 1869  29.4.31  moulded on back. -c. Early 1930s. Rare.

STEELITE ' DUPLEX ' MODEL K -  5'' Light Game Reel.  Early Optional Check - Anti-reverse Paddle Levers. Reg. No. 896 .  Rare model.

Early Steelite DUPLEX K5 Backplate
Early Steelite DUPLEX K5 Backplate
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Steelite Duplex K5 Bakelite and Metal Non reversing - Free Spool Optional Check Game Reel. Size 5''. Maker Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW. Nickle plated reel saddle (foot); star drag crank handle. Erinoid handle knobs;  Bikerdyke line guide;  paddle lever operated Non reversing - Free spool adjustment ; Paddle lever operated check; backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2''.  Steelite " Duplex " Reg. No. 896 29.4.31  moulded on back. -c. Early 1930s. Rare.

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STEELITE  Full front metal crank-drag faced reel. Extremely rare.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 3 1/8''; drum (spool) width 1 1/4''; metal faced drag configuration; optional check; white erinoid handle knobs; brass fittings nickel plated. STEELITE S & A Sydney moulded on back -c. Early 1930s. Extremely rare.

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Aluminium Alloy Centrepin Fishing Reel (modelled on Model A Steelite) 



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The drum and backplate of this aluminium alloy reel was cast in a sand mould. After casting, the drum and backplate were lathe-machined. The other components comprised Steelite reel parts manufactured by Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney N.S.W.  Anecdotally, some collectors believe that the cast alloy drum and backplate were made as prototypes by Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd. However, the fact that the Steelite brand name or any other brand name is not marked anywhere on the aluminium alloy, supports the view that these specific parts were not produced by Steelite.

Collectability.


Over the past 40 years of collecting Australian fishing reels, I have sighted several ‘Steelite’ modelled aluminium reels in various Australian collections. Indeed, the aluminium body fitted with Steelite parts marks this particular reel as a rare collectable fishing item, given that the production volume for this model was relatively small and there is an apparent mystery that surrounds its maker.  Regardless of uncertainty of its maker, this reel could have possibly been made by:

1. a Stewart & Allwood factory employee; 2. by some other manufacturing company aiming the production of the reel for the retail market;  or 3. the reel produced in a workshop by an engineer or metal tradesman. (see R A page 64 Workshop reels)

Considering that the tapered handle-knobs are made of ebonite (hard rubber) and the cast metal saddle is nickel plated,

it is reasonable to suggest that the reel was manufactured circa 1930s - 1940s.
Specifications.
Sand cast aluminium backplate diameter 4 3/4’’; sand cast aluminium drum (spool) width 2 7/8’’; Steelite centre-pin knob release latch mechanism; Steelite check button; Steelite cast brass saddle (foot) nickel plated; early Steelite tapered ebonite (hard rubber) handle knobs. Internal parts: Steelite hardened steel centre-pin spindle; Steelite brass check cog; Steelite metal check pawl (dog); Steelite check spring;  Weight of reel 586 grams; -c.1930s -1940s. Rare.

Steelite Sidecast Fishing reel models 1931  to the 1970s. A work in progress.

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STEELITE Hook- Lever Pivot model  size 5'' Star Drag side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Hook-Lever V-slot pivot (turntable). Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; hook lever V-slot pivot (turntable); optional check; star drag  crank-handle clutch;  spindle anti backlash screw ;brass metal fittings nickel plated. S & A " STEELITE " SYDNEY Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31  moulded in backplate -c.1930s. Rare in original order.

STEELITE Hook- Lever Pivot model  size 5'' side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Hook-Lever V-slot pivot (turntable). Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; hook lever V-slot pivot (turntable); optional check; plastic drum tension nut ; brass metal fittings nickel plated. S & A " STEELITE " SYDNEY Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31  moulded in backplate -c.1930s. Rare in original order.

STEELITE (Saddle Retaining pin) model  F  size 5'' side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Gem Pivot (turntable) V-slot. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; gem V-slot pivot (turntable) - saddle (foot) retaining pin; optional check; star drag  crank-handle clutch;  spindle anti backlash screw; brass metal fittings nickel plated.S & A " STEELITE " SYDNEY Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31  moulded in backplate -c.1930s. Hard to find in original order.

STEELITE model  F  size 5'' side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Gem Pivot (turntable) V-slot. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; gem V-slot pivot (turntable) ; optional check; star drag  crank-handle clutch;  spindle anti backlash screw; brass metal fittings originally nickel plated.  S & A " STEELITE " SYDNEY Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31  moulded in backplate -c.1930s. Hard to find.

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STEELITE model B  size 5'' side cast reel. (Black bakelite canvas impregnated)

STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Gem  V-slot pivot (turntable). Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; ; optional check; plastic drum tension nut ; brass metal fittings nickel plated; Black bakelite canvas impregnated. S & A " STEELITE " SYDNEY Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31  moulded in backplate -c.1930s. Rare in original order.

STEELITE (minor) model  F  size 4'' side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Gem Pivot (turntable) V-slot. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 3 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 ''; gem V-slot pivot (turntable) ; optional check; claw star drag  crank-handle clutch;  spindle anti backlash screw; nickle plated brass metal fittings.

Steelite  S & A Sydney  moulded in backplate -c.1930s. Rare to find in original order.

STEELITE (minor) model  B  size 4'' side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Gem Pivot (turntable) V-slot. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 3 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 ''; gem V-slot pivot (turntable) ; optional check; plastic drum tension nut; plated brass metal fittings.

Steelite  S & A Sydney  moulded in backplate -c.1930s. Hard to find in original order.

STEELITE (minor) model  size 4'' Ferguson style pivot side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel, Ferguson style Pivot (turntable). Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 3 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 ''; bakelite handle-knobs; optional check; metal drum tension knurled nut; nickle plated brass metal fittings.

Steelite  S & A Sydney  moulded in backplate -c.1940s. Hard to find in original order.

STEELITE Anti-Line Twist Clip model  size 5'' Ferguson style pivot side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal model 80 sidecast reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Backplate diameter 4 3/4''; drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; ferguson - style turntable (pivot); optional check; plastic type drum (spool) tension nut; anti - line twist clip; metal fittings (nickel plated)  S & A " STEELITE " Reg. No. 1869 29. 4. 31 moulded in backplate, STEELITE SYDNEY moulded inside drum (spool)  -c.1950s. Hard to find in original order.

STEELITE  model 64 size 4'' Push Button Ferguson style pivot side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal model 64 sidecast reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Punch machine formed, 316 grade stainless steel backplate diameter 3 13/16''; bakelite drum (spool) width 1 5/8''; ferguson - style turntable (pivot) and line guide of 316 grade stainless steel; optional check; plastic type drum (spool) tension nut. STEELITE  S & A  SYDNEY  MADE IN AUSTRALIA  moulded inside drum (spool), STEELITE on backplate -c.1960s.

Very hard to find in original order.

STEELITE  model 45 size 4''  side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal model 45 sidecast reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Punch machine formed, 316 grade stainless steel backplate diameter 3 13/16''; bakelite drum (spool) width 1 5/8''; ferguson - style turntable (pivot) and line guide of 316 grade stainless steel; optional check; plastic type drum (spool) tension nut. STEELITE  S & A  SYDNEY  MADE IN AUSTRALIA  moulded inside drum (spool), STEELITE 45 decal on backplate -c.1960s-1970.

 Hard to find in original order.

STEELITE  size 5''  side cast reel.

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STEELITE Bakelite and metal sidecast reel. Stewart & Allwood Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW. Punch machine formed, 316 grade stainless steel backplate diameter 4 3/8''; bakelite drum (spool) width 1 7/8''; ferguson - style turntable (pivot) and line guide of 316 grade stainless steel; optional check; plastic type drum (spool) tension nut. STEELITE  S & A  SYDNEY  MADE IN AUSTRALIA  moulded inside drum (spool), STEELITE on backplate -c.1960s. Hard to find in original order.

This STEELITE sidecast fishing reel segment is completed.

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