This B.F. Meek No. 44 German Silver Fly Reel for the Buy it now via ebay for the price of $9,980.00.
Built entirely of German silver, the renowned raised-rim No. 44 was the company's only single action fly reel which was introduced in late 1899 and continued in limited production until 1916, when the company was sold to Horton Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island. Described in "Classic & Antique Fly Fishing Tackle," by A.J. Campbell, page 185, "The Meek No. 44 was one of the most appealing fly reels ever built... it has sold for higher prices than either the Talbot Ben Hur or the Gayle Aluminum Trout Reel and remains one of the most coveted reels of the classic era."
B.F. Meek was a watchmaker in Kentucky in 1882 when he established his reel making shop. This reel will only appreciate over time... you will never regret your proud ownership of this most collectible gem. Hardly seen for sale, especially in this jewel-like, mint condition.
According to the seller the reel was valued at $10,000 in the 1999 edition of "Antique Fly Reels" by D.B. Homel. This has got me thinking I might just need to help my Grandmother clean out her attic.