Alvey Wedgelock Sidecast Vintage Fishing Reels, Reference and History by Bernard 'Bernie' Ladd, 12/2/2014.
The first early Alvey sidecasts were produced with a V-slot type turntable during the 1920s.They were then followed by the Gem pivot turntable design. In 1938 the Alvey sidecasts were subsequently produced for a period of ten years (1938-1948) with WEDGELOCK turntable -design, which featured a unique patented cast-brass lever lock operation. However, due to Wedgelock's higher production costs, eventually the production ceased in 1948. Alvey introduced a more cost effective Ferguson's turntable design. It took roughly another decade for Alvey to make further improvements on the 'Ferguson' type turntable design. In 1953 Jack Alvey, introduced a patented improved version, which featured a stainless steel Lever Pivot Lock turntable. In 1958, Kenneth Alvey surprisingly patented a further modification of the Ferguson design, which this time included the Pressed Lever configuration. In the early 1960s Alvey chose to revert back to the 1953 Jack Alvey improved Lever Pivot turntable. That particular mechanism has become the standard turntable, used for sidecast fishing reels, still incorporated by Alvey to this day. The Wedgelock Sidecast Charles Alvey & Son, are highly sought after reel models by collectors world wide, and are regarded as a prized possession, by Alvey vintage fishing reel enthusiasts.
ALVEY WEDGELOCK Rim Lever, wood and metal Drag Casting Reel -c. 1938. Specifications: Nickel plated one piece cast gunmetal back and turntable base, saddle (rod mount seat) and forked line guide (Nickle plating process Alvey verified)
Back plate diameter 5 3/8''; nickel plated brass backed Australian silky oak spool-drum width 2 3/8''. Claw star drag wheel ; crank-handle and knurled tension screw of nickel plated cast brass; twin elongated (tapered) bakelite handle- knobs; anti-reverse pawl, and optional- check, individually Rim lever lever operated. A rear knurled grease cup provides lubrication to spindle. Wedgelock Pat. No. 796/40 stamped on turntable. Extremely rare.
ALVEY Wedgelock. Cast metal crank-handle, claw drag wheel configuration. All metal components Nickle plated ( stated in Alvey specification sheet) cast metal back plate diameter 4 3/8''; Bakelite drum (spool) width 2 3/8'' ; Reg No. 11675 Molded in drum; optional check; rear grease cup -c.1938. Rare.
ALVEY wedge lock vintage fishing reel information.
Alvey Wedgelock. Cast metal crank-handle, claw drag wheel configuration. All metal components Nickle plated ( stated in Alvey specification sheet) Nickle plated cast metal back plate diameter 4 3/8''; Australian silky oak wood metal backed drum (spool) width 2 1/4''; back anti-reverse pawl dial; optional check button; tapered wooden handle-knobs; rear grease cup -c.1938. Extremely rare.
ALVEY Wedgelock. Direct wind Camphor laurel wood Drum (spool). Cast metal back diameter 4 3/8, drum width 2 3/8''; optional check; brass fittings nickel plated; tapered Bakelite handle-knobs;s pring tension spool nut knurled grease cup. All metal components originally nickle plated (stated in Alvey specification sheet) -c.1938. Rare.
ALVEY Wedgelock. Direct wind Bakelite Drum (spool). Alvey & son Brisbane Molded in back of drum; Nickle plated metal back plate diameter 4 3/8''; drum width 2 3/8''; spring tension spool nut -c 1938. All metal components nickle plated (stated in Alvey specification sheet ) Hard to find.
ALVEY Wedgelock. Pressed crank-handle, cast claw drag configuration. Nickle plated cast metal back plate diameter 4 3/8''; Bakelite drum (spool width 2 3/8'' later design grease cup; tapered Bakelite handle-knobs; optional check. All metal components nickle plated (stated in Alvey specification sheet) -c 1940. Rare.
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