An excellent Paul Hermann trout reel in 2 1/2" size, his "Baby Hermann" model. I believe this is RHW. Mint and unused. Black side plates with silver rims, spool, and crank handle. Looks like it would take a #4 weight forward or double taper line. Serial #PH042.
Unfortunately Paul is no longer with us, having passed away in December of 2016. A doctor by training, he resided in Maine and his approach to the craft of reelmaking was superb with a high degree of machining skill that he carefully honed over 35 years. I very much enjoyed talking reels and atlantic salmon fishing with him before he passed.
This reel comes in a bespoke black Arnie Mason leather case which is stamped "P. Hermann M.D., Reel Maker, Maine, USA" along with the matching serial number to the reel and the word "ouzel", the name of the American Dipper bird loved by John Muir.
A very nice reel indeed.