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Old 03-16-2012, 08:26 AM
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Default Re: Edward Vom Hofe # 355 reel?

After some research and review last night.....along with a bit of Skype conferencing, we have decided that the reel is an EVH Model 355 Peerless. This was one of the early designs, obviously by the patent date. As near as we can tell without having the reel in our hands, is that it is a 355. Everything we can see is consistant with that model. The double stamp is odd, and he has never heard of nor seen another. Does it add value like a double stamped coin? Good question that is pretty hard to answer. Value is what the market will bear...lately values have been very strong, but they ebb and flow in erratic patterns.

The other big issue is that being hand made, the reel's physical characteristics are hard to pin down. For instance on two reels in Dad's (my father-in-law but that's too long to keep typing) collection: One a model 355, size 3 1/2, and one a 355, size 4 are so close in measurement that it is very hard to distinguish them unless they are right next to each other! One would assume that the outside diameter would be 3 1/2 inches and 4 inches respectively, but not so. They are in actuality a little less than 1/4 inch in diameter different.

In all our accumulated information, old catalogs, copies of even older catalogs in museums, etc., we can find no mention of a model 335. Vom Hofe was a meticulous labeler and journal keeper. Even one-of-a-kind reels made for friends were recorded. I doubt that if there was a 335 built it would have been lost in history somehow. But who may have the "holy grail" of reels! I hope this has been some help, and I am sorry I can't give you a more definitive answer.

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Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
Hi Brian,

Now you have our Voom Hofe team of experts on the case, these fellows will have the reel sorted out soon I'm sure.
Thanks for the vote of confidence! We do what we love....right?

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