Ustonson Fishing Winch/Reel

An Ustonson antique fishing reel retailed by Ustonson with a reversible handle, 3 1/2 inch diameter, all brass engraved ‘Ustonson Maker to His Majesty Temple Bar London’. It has a knurled retaining disc that, when removed, allows the handle to be reversed, perforated foot, and raised check housing. This dates the reel pre-1837. Maria Ustonson gained the royal warrant in 1824 for King George IV and later for King William IV. In 1837 William died, and Queen Victoria ascended to the throne.
Ustonson with raised check housing

Ustonson Winch
Ustonson with raised check housing

Ustonson continued with the Royal Warrant for Queen Victoria. However, there is no evidence that she fished. Still, her husband Prince Albert did, and I have seen many examples of rods made for him and his Royal Warrant for fishing Tackle was held by G Little. Many people have questioned if Ustonson made these reels, and I, for one, do not believe they did. If I had to guess, it would be James Haywood of Birmingham.

This reel and other sporting goods will be sold at Mullock’s next auction. The auction is online-only, but the auctioneers will be more than willing to provide more images and condition reports if required.

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