A thin line beneath the line-capacity mark indicates that the reel was manufactured after the takeover by Winchester, which continued to use the Hendryx brand.
Hendryx reels remain attractive to collectors for a number of reasons.
If the reel is one of those, it's probably worth from -, depending on condition and style.
In general, only the highest quality reels (for example, a few made with nickel silver) or reels in mint condition command prices in the higher end of that range.Most are more valuable for fishing than as collectibles.Sometimes, a mint reel with its box and papers may attract higher prices.The major tackle companies frequently made certain models for two decades or more.The older models usually were made with nickel-plated brass, but after World War II, aluminum quickly became more widely used.
Pflueger and Shakespeare reels are generally more popular with collectors than the other mass-produced reels, but most of their products remain in the category discussed here.
The company was bought by the makers of True Temper tackle. Pflueger Akron, Summit, Nobby, Skilkast, Supreme The Pflueger reels were the top line made by Enterprise Mfg.
Co., Akron, Ohio, whose lower-priced tackle bore "Four Brothers" and "Portage" brands.
Comparison with reels of known makers usually identifies the manufacturer. Bronson Green Hornet, Biltwell, Mercury, Altoona, Lashless, Fleetwing, Belmont The Bronson Reel Co., organized in Bronson, Mich., in 1922, specialized in low- to mid-priced reels, and most of their products retain little value. During its history, the company absorbed, in 1935, Montague City Rod & Reel Co., Montague City, Mass., and, in 1939, the Edward vom Hofe Co., New York City, which made some of the finest reels on the planet for many years.
Major exceptions include their line of Coxe-Bronson reels (See Question 10.), the Reel-O-Mine, and the Invader. During its later years, Ocean City produced many baitcasting reels, but none has significant value.
Some of the top-line reels, such as the President, or some nicely decorated nickel-silver reels may attract somewhat higher prices at times, but most of the reels listed fall into lower price ranges. South Bend 30, 35, 40, 45, 55, 65, 100, 125, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 750, 775, 800, 850, 900, 1000, 1250, etc. Hendryx Co., New Haven, Ct., had been manufacturing bird cages and other wire products for over a decade by the time it first advertised its fishing reels in 1887.