- 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|