Question about Vintage Hardy Lightweight Reels
I purchased a "Vintage Hardy LRH" from eBay last week and the reel arrived today. I have owned a number of the these reels over the years and every model has always been reversible, until the one I rec'd today. I should have taken some pictures of it before I sent it back but didn't. The click/pawl arrangement resembled the early models of the St John reel and there was no way to reverse it. Also the line guard was riveted to the frame so there was no way to reverse it. And, the line guard was an L-shaped affair rather than the U shape of every other LRH (or other Lightweight reel) I've ever seen.
Was I in possession of a very early model of the this reel? Were other sizes similarly configured? When did the series start to become reversible?