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Jim Ansite

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First post - trying to figure out how it works...2013-12-08 18.31.45.jpg

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Nice sticks ,

I do use boeshield on my reels , I use red grease on the bearings and gear teeth

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Here are some shots of a St. George I bought off a guy in Oregon right before I went on an extended saltwater fishing trip that lasted over 20 years.[smile]
I kept it unfished (by me) all those years and somehow I never got dain bramaged enough to introduce it to the salt.
It will now be seeing a little use on a 7 weight SH rod.
 
I know some of you guys are experts on Hardys and I would really appreciate any information you can provide on approximate date of manufacture, etc.

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OK inside a circle is stamped in the frame.



The agate line guard appears to be in perfect condition, no crack evident.





 
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Originally Posted by Poppy Cummins
I wish I was looking forward to turning 50..



I'm looking forward to hitting the second fifty[biggrin]

I hope[angel]         By the way--I'm more than 50 shades of black and blue---with a bunch of gray mixed in...[crazy]

I love the look of old hardy's-they got soul for sure-just never got bit by the bug to expand a collection I guess.

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This is my first post.....really it is a test as I haven't quite figured things out yet.
I like this thread so I chose it for my first post...

I have been using this 3 3/4 a lot lately.  It is a really good solid MK11 with no line guard.  For some reason it is actually becoming my favourite reel...

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Here are some shots of a St. George I bought off a guy in Oregon right before I went on an extended saltwater fishing trip that lasted over 20 years.[smile]
I kept it unfished (by me) all those years and somehow I never got dain bramaged enough to introduce it to the salt.
It will now be seeing a little use on a 7 weight SH rod.
 
I know some of you guys are experts on Hardys and I would really appreciate any information you can provide on approximate date of manufacture, etc.

Best wishes,
Bob









OK inside a circle is stamped in the frame.



The agate line guard appears to be in perfect condition, no crack evident.





 




Hi bob
I"ll take a guess on your reel , I've been a long time fan of the trout st George reels , a good mint one in 3 inch will fetch over $1100 as long as it's a leaded reel and 3 screw

Your reel has a very neat latch cover on it , early one , ribbed brass foot brings the reel out of latter time frame , black handle also after the white handles , also a big one for me is the innards are not brass , that leaves me with saying your reel is from the 30s to the mid 40"s , overall in very good condition ,

now to the stamp , ""ok"" I've seen that befor on other hardy reels , what I have not seen on a reel from that time frame as yours is from is the ""xxIv "" which is roman numbers , not really sure why it's on the spool , could of been a replacement at one time , but I kinda think it's all original , nice reel to own

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Richard,
 
Thank you for taking a look and for your expertise. I have done a little research on this reel, but became overwhelmed by the subtle variations.
The history of Hardy is fascinating and I would love to be in their production room as it was back in the day. The introduction of the St. George is reported to be in 1911, a year of meaning to me, since I specialize in customizing 1911 style pistols.
 
I found the circle “OK” mentioned in my searches, but no one was sure of the meaning, and those letters don’t match the initials of any of the employees I found listed.
I couldn’t find any information on the Roman numerals on the spool or their meaning.
 
As befits the era, the details of manufacture are more complex upon close examination than they seemed to be with a cursory look.
Along with the fit of the line guard and method of attachment, other details that caught my eye were the extra steps Hardy took to dovetail the reel foot to the frame (a simpler machined flat would probably have sufficed) and the fact that the spindle has a shallow relief machined into its center to give dirt a place to go and to decrease the rotational friction. Precisely pinning the drag gear to the hub is another nice touch.
 
Details. It’s always about the little details.
 
Thanks again for your help.
Bob
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Maybe not as exklusive as your beautiful Perfects but I love my Marquis Salmon. It is a true workhorse!

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a day on the water....friends[1].jpg 

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Here are some of my steelhead size Hardy's ............1st switch 4.jpg First switch close up.jpg
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And here are a few of the trout size ...........Rees's GA 7633 1.jpg Martha Marie.jpg
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I need to stop checking in on this thread because it is going to have me shopping for a bamboo rod with a classic reel!  Some very nice equipment.
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These old Hardy's remind me of 1911's. Simple, reliable, and built by craftsmen. I've been thinking about getting a newer Wide Spool Perfect for my first Hardy.
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Ryan, save up a little longer and grab an older one. The new ones just dont have the soul like the older ones. You'll be happy that you did.



Damn Rich, that is one sweet reel and I really like the extra work the boys put into the cork on that stick. Any chance of a pic of the whole cork handle of that one?


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