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How old is my Shakespeare reel?
  • From about 1929 to 1977, all Shakespeare reels carried a two letter dating code. The main purpose of the letters was to indicate each time a change was made to a reel. For instance in 1935 the Stainless Super reel, model number 1975 was manufactured. However, the next year the reel required a slight modification. Two letters were added to alert the engineers to a change. These letters became the dating code.

  • Date codes are not part of the model number and will not appear in old catalogs.

  • To determine the age of your reel, first find the two letters. They are usually on the reel foot or near the model number or name.

  • Compare the two letters to the numbers and letters on the chart below. Example: Reel model number 1744FM. Match the letter F with the number 5 and the letter M with the number nine. This means this reel was first produced in 1959.

    Shakespeare Reel Series Dating Formula
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
    K J H G F E D C B A
    V U T S R Q P N M L


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