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I found 4 old looking reels and would appreciate any help you can give me.  The most ornate is Pflueger Summit 1993L.  Second has no more identification than Mohawk inscribed on the inside.  The fishing scene is the same on both ends and is encircled by oak leaves.  The third is Bronson No. 2550 Mercury.  The fourth is identified with the signature J.C. Higgins, 537.21010, and a fish on one side.  The opposite end has a fishing scene.

Any information on the items and their value would be appreciated.  If you do not have an opinion on value, a reference as to where I might find that info would be great.

Thanks, Mary

Hello Mary,

Thank you for the question.

The Pflueger Summit is likely a circa 1940...ish bait casting reel and a handsome one at that. If in good shape, many include them in their collections.

Bronson, was started in 1920 or so and made thousands if not a million or more reels during their history. While mainly entry level reels for the masses, they did produce some large, big game reels that were VERY expensive for their time. They produced the reels under their own label as well as contracts with many major retailers: Mohawk and JC Higgins were produced for Sears and Roebuck until the early 1960's.

I am having trouble referencing the JC Higgins by the model number but for more information on all of your finds you might try:

- Robert Vermillion, right here on All
or and talk with Tom Greene.

As you may have read in some of my other posts, I don't offer valuation of rods, reels and other tackle due to the subjective nature of the subject (everyone is lookin for that million dollar find) and the inability to handle, inspect and view the items in "reel" time.

So Mary, I hope I have been of some help.

Thanks for the question!



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I have been actively fishing for forty-five years! For nearly 15 of those years I was able to fish nearly 200 days per year. Those wonderful days have left me with a plethora of knowledge to share. I have fished from the Marianas of the Pacific to the quiet tidewaters of Virginia and North Carolina, Antigua the gulf coast of Texas and many places in between. My home waters are those of the west. I am passionate about bass fishing, tournament as well as recreational. In addition, I am well versed in fishing for most other species...(Okay, although interesting, I'm not an expert on British or European style competitive carp fishing...chumming with a slingshot anyone?). I am intimately acquainted with the San Diego County Lakes, Diamond Valley reservoir in Riverside County California and numerous other exciting fishing waters from Texas (Travis County) to the Pacific Coast and south to Cabo San Lucas. I have many years of experience in blue-water as well as inshore angling of all types in Southern California with both artificial and live baits; high country fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of my beloved Golden State with nothing but a backpack and a fly-rod. There are still a lifetime of adventures to undertake, together with my lovely wife, Christine. I am an expert rod smith and have vast experience with both the construction and repair all types of rods including split bamboo (new or vintage) and hickory as well as graphite, boron composites and all types of fiberglass. I spent 20 years in the retail business of which 6 were spent owning and operating a successful tackle shop, specializing in custom rod making, rod and reel repairs and a full scale tackle selection. Uncommon topics I love to discuss: Fisheries Management; Tackle Shop/ retail management; Ethics and responsibilities of anglers; Repair and maintenance of rods/reels; "How to"...any topic in fishing.


I took a few years off,(5 to be exact) from answering questions for but I'm back now! My experience? Forty-Five years of bio-observation, fishing numerous types of waters with virtually every type of tackle: Casting, Fly, Spinning, Offshore/blue-water, Coastal, Surf, Tournaments: ( Bass, Local Saltwater), Alpine lakes/streams, ditches, canals, sloughs, marshes, creeks and swamps; if there is water, I usually throw a cast or two. Tackle Shop ownership and management, Expert Custom Rod Construction and repair (Big-game, Long-range stand-up, Live bait, jig sticks, Casting, Spinning and fly- including split-cane). I have personally constructed over 700 custom rods of all types...nearly half of the rods the shop turned out. I also have performed hundreds of reel repairs of all types- antique to modern. I do not typically offer valuation of tackle. This is very difficult without inspecting the tackle first hand and leaving valuation far to subjective. I will be happy to offer other experts for placing a value on your tackle.

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