For Sale - Vintage Dingley 4" Perfect Style Fly Reel made for retailer Alex Martin and branded "Thistle".
Stamped D5 and 5 throughout. Retailed and stamped on winding plate "Alex Martin". Also stamped "Thistle". This excellent condition reel is RHW and comes with a nice and strong dual pawl/spring check from the 1930's. Ball bearing race built under winding plate. Knurled tensioner works perfectly. Copper line guide is original and has some slight line grooves but this is not troublesome, only cosmetic. Gear teeth and pawls still very sharp. Un-filed original smooth brass reel foot with four screws. Great condition ebonite handle spins freely. The reel has no wobble. No cracks/chips or prior repairs. Majority of original leading remaining. No pitting. Knurling to rims. Comes with silk line in great condition.
In photo #5 that drop of liquid on the inner winding plate is not permanent. It was simply the result of me cleaning the reel.