Orvis 1874 Early Trout Fly Reel

SKU: VFT11967

For sale here is a very rare C. F. Orvis 1874 Trout Reel. A fourth version reel with removable oil cap, removable handle and raised rim on the front plate. The markings read "C.F. Orvis, Maker - Patented - Manchester, VT". The foot placement, which rests at the base of the two bottom pillars is marked with a number "24" between the foot pillars. With 2 7/8" diameter side plates and strong and even working click, this is a great chance to own an American classic trout reel in a rare configuration. Nickel plated finish is in good but worn condition. Reel weighs 5 1/4 oz. Reel foot is 2.5" long and unaltered but has a bend to it on one side. The raised frame on the front plate is also bent slightly, which you can see at 3 o'clock position in the first photo. This does not rub against the handle while winding, so it's purely a cosmetic issue.