Williams, Australian Antique,Vintage Fishing Reel Information, Reference, History by Bernie Ladd, 2011.

Fred Williams’ Revolving Drum Multiplying Aluminium Alloy Fishing Reel. Circa early 1950.

During the 1950s, Fred Williams fished at the Tambo River, Nicholson River, and other tributaries to the Gippsland Lakes, near the picturesque seaside township of Lakes Entrance, Victoria. This part of East Gippsland is a well-known fishing location for Bream; and it is this particular fishing experience that had prompted Williams, a qualified engineer, to design an improved version of a Crouch-type reel. About 100 reels were produced from Williams’ fully equipped engineering workshop at the back of his house in Oakleigh. Williams generously gave most of these away to his fishing friends.

The first Williams reel, machined from aluminium alloy bar-stock, had the figure 1 stamped on the inside of its threaded side-plate. The Aluminium alloy body was painted in a grey-green type colour. In the mid 1950s the 'Williams' reel was changed, stamped with the prefix ''A'' followed by a specifying number; produced in two colours flat black or grey. Sometime during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Fred Williams again changed the prefix to ''FW'' followed by a numerical specification, finished in a grey paint type.

Specifications of the Williams fishing reel.

Frame back diameter 3 3/8'', frame width 1 1/2',' threaded plate diameter 3 7/16''. Aluminium alloy barred spool 15/16''. Brass nickel plated crank, plastic knob, brass nickel plated saddle (rod mount) gear ratio 2:1; bronze bearing bushes; hardened steel gears & pawl. Spool finger control aperture, free spool lever; and a triple pronged spring steel brake adjustment, mounted on a mild steel circular plate. All models stamp numbered on the inside back plate and inside of the removable threaded plate.

Fred Williams with a catch of Bream from the river Tambo, East Gippsland in the 1950s, with his WILLIAMS reel.

williams fishing reel

Stamped  1

Williams reel -c 1950. First model No I Aluminium alloy body; center grove threaded removable side plate; and grey green colour finish. Extremely rare.

Williams rare vintage fly fishing reel made in Australia
Williams rare vintage fly fishing reel made in Australia
Williams rare vintage fly fishing reel made in Australia
Williams rare vintage fly fishing reel made in Australia gear housing image
Williams rare vintage fly fishing reel made in Australia stamped 32 image
Williams rare vintage fly fishing reel made in Australia, internal view

Williams reel -c 1950. Early model stamped No. 32. Aluminium alloy body; center grove threaded removable side plate; and crinkle black colour finish. Extremely rare.

Williams vintage fishing reel model A 15 Rare
Williams vintage fishing reel model A 15 Rare
Williams vintage fishing reel model A 15 Rare raw aluminium version
Williams vintage fishing reel model A 15 stampingRare
Williams vintage fishing reel model Stamped A 15 Rare

Williams A series stamped A 15 -c mid 1950. Plain threaded removable side plate, un-painted  (raw aluminium) model. A superb example that appears to have had no fishing use!  Extremely Rare.

WILLIAMS A 21 vintage fishing reel made in Australia.
WILLIAMS A 21 vintage fishing reel made in Australia.
WILLIAMS A 21 vintage fishing reel made in Australia.
WILLIAMS A 21 vintage fishing reel made in Australia.
WILLIAMS A 21 vintage fishing reel made in Australia.
WILLIAMS A 21 vintage fishing reel internal gear housing view made in Australia.

Williams A series stamped A 21 -c mid 1950. Plain threaded removable side plate, originally grey paint finish; A series also produced in optional flat black paint finish. Rare.

Williams last production F W series stamped F W 24.  -c 1960. Plain threaded removable side plate, with grey paint finish. Most common of all the Williams made fishing reels. Rare.

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