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 During the 1950s nickel plating was superseded by chrome plating on the majority of parts.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 1960s, 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 nottingham
Steelite S back nottingham
Steelite "S" drum release knob
Steelite "S" drum release knob
Steelite S back nottingham
Steelite S back nottingham
Steelite S back nottingham
Steelite S back nottingham
Steelite "S" drum release knob
Steelite "S" drum release knob
Steelite S back nottingham
Steelite S back nottingham

S1

S2

S3

STEELITE three different S back models

-c 1930. Extremely rare.

Steelite Pattern E  Ex rare
Steelite Pattern E Ex rare

Depected P31 Mick Simmons sure catch anglers guide 1938. Aluminium Flat Anti BackLash Lever.

Twin Torpido handle knobs.
Twin Torpido handle knobs.
Steelite Pattern E  Ex rare.
Steelite Pattern E Ex rare.
Twin Torpido handle kobs
Twin Torpido handle kobs

S4

S5

STEELITE centre pin, two different models

-c 1930. Extremely rare .

Steelite DUPLEX Reg No. 896
Steelite DUPLEX Reg No. 896
Steelite DUPLEX Reg No. 896
Steelite DUPLEX Reg No. 896

S6

STEELITE canvas impregnated bakelite, early optional check - Anti-reverse version -c 1930.  Rare model.

STEELITE SPEEDEX  Ball Bearing fishing reel -c 1930. Very rare model.

Steelite SPEEDEX ball bearing
Steelite SPEEDEX ball bearing
Steelite SPEEDEX
Steelite SPEEDEX
Steelite ball bearing
Steelite ball bearing

S7

Steelite metal face crank drag
Steelite metal face crank drag
Steelite metal face crank drag
Steelite metal face crank drag

S8

STEELITE  Full front metal drag face model side-cast reel -c 1930. Extremely rare.

Steelite model 80 line clip
Steelite model 80 line clip
steelite model 80 line clip
steelite model 80 line clip
Model 80 anti twist clip
Model 80 anti twist clip

S9

STEELITE Line clip model side-cast reel -c 1930. Hard to find

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

1-Vintage Steelite Fishkil  reel &Box.jpg
2-Vintage Steelite Fishkil fishing reel
3-Steelite Fish kil-001.jpg

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).

1-Vintage Steelite Fishkil Non drag - brake model
2-Steelite Fishkil second version - Non drag model
1-Steelite Fishkil vintage fishing reel made in Australia

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.

This STEELITE Segment is currently undergoing an extensive update. Expected completion 9 / 7 / 2021

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