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Old 03-27-2012, 06:37 PM
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Any antique fly reel collectors here? Looking for a value on a Jullius Vom Hoffe reel.
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Gonna have to post some pics to get anyones attention!

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Scroll down... there was a vom Hofe thread a couple weeks ago. There's also a good read about the vom Hofe's in the IGFA Hall of Fame under Edward's induction, in the museum section. milt.
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Hi Jay,

Are you buying or selling one of these? Our member 'mrfzx' is our Vom Hofe information source here, a PM to him will get your answer.

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Thanks Ard. Looking to maybe sell. I sent mrfzx a pm. Here are some pics.

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I PM'ed you, and am looking forward to more details. Very difficult without the reel in hand....

When people see the "vom Hofe" name the assume that they are all lumped together and very collectable. Julius was Edwards younger brother (I am pretty sure about this...). Where Edward concentrated on hand-made reels with careful craftsmanship, Julius was more of a mass marketer.

Julius produced reels that were much more affordable, but of lesser quality. Virtually all Edward vom Hofe fly reels are very expensive and collectable (his saltwater big game reels do not demand as high of values). Julius vom Hofe's are not nearly as valuable, with a few exceptions. As with all antiques and collectables, the rarer the item the more valuable it is. Usually, if it was expensive and higher quality when new, it is more expensive as an antique.

I have seen Juius' go for as little as $30, and as high as $1500, depending on model, condition, etc..
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Seems vom Hofes have such varied values and I guess it depends on the collector. I own three Edward vom Hofes and have been offered $50 , $800, and $1500 for the same reel. Think I'll just hold on to them . Like the look of the German Silver looks nice on the shelf.
Most Edwards I've seen in one place was at World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada. Whole display case full as you walk in the door. Nice!
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I've never seen prices as high as they are now.....not sure exactly why. German silver (which is Nickel) was a great material to use. Impervious to the elements, hard, but heavy. It does gleem very nicely when buffed!

The hard rubber panels that were most commonly used may have been tough when new, but age makes it brittle. Be extra careful when tightening screws on the old girls.

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I've seen several still in use. Made me cringe to think of an accidental tumble on the rocks!
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More info sent via Pm. I take it you mean by hard Plastic/rubber as Bakelite?
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more or less. Wth the vom Hofe's, Zwarg's, and Walker's, it is always described as "hard rubber".
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