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Does anyone here collect J. A. Coxe trolling or surf cast reels?

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#1 afishhunter

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Posted February 27 2007 - 9:29 AM

I'm hoping that someone here (besides me) has a few J. A. Coxe trolling and/or surf casting reels.
I have a theroy concerning the model number of these reels, based on the few that I have, which are:
1) Model 190 (250 yards capacity)
2) Model 325 (250 yards capacity)
3) Model 630 (300 yards capacity)
4) Model 940 (400 yards capacity)
5) Model 950 (500 yards capacity)
I have also corresponded via email with someone who had a model 1125, and another who had a model 625 for sale at the big auction site, both said theirs were a 250 yard capacity reel.
My theroy is this: With the exception of the 100 series reels, (and the freshwater reels,) the last two numbers of the model number is 1/10 the line capacity, regardless of the model number series.
However, as this is based on only seven different models in 4 different model series, I do not consider this a broad enough base to confirm my theroy.
I am also courious as to what other model series reels there are. For instance, did J. A. Coxe make a 200, 400, 500, 700, and 800 model series reel? Did they make a model series higher than the 1100's? How large of reel did they make in each model series? Did they make, for instance, a model 990, or 995 or 690?
I also read in one of the posts here that "the larger reels were discontinued after the War..." I really appriciate this information, as it helps me date the 940 (about the same size as a Penn 113 4/0) and 950 (about the same size as a Penn 114 6/0) I have to pre-war vintage.
Thanks for your help, and tight lines.

(*member formerly known as 'bicyclerider4life')

#2 Al Sears

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Posted February 27 2007 - 9:52 AM

I had one couple years back, sold it to a collector over in Daytona Beach Fl one day, it was about the size of Penn 4/0,reel, it had never been used ,was heavy ,real nice ,but what the hell I got it at Yard sale for few bucks and sold it for nice profit so every one is happy. Havent seen any since, history indicated Coxe may have came from west coast out near El Cajon, Ca .

#3 Brian F.

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Posted February 27 2007 - 3:31 PM

The series of reels you are asking about were made in Bronson, Michigan (ie. Bronson-Coxe) after Bronson bought out Joe A. Coxe. Coxe's original location was in Los Angeles, CA and he made reels during the 1920s & 30s. There are a couple of Bronson-Coxe collectors and one of them who may be able to help frequents a forum at the ***********ociation website. You can do a search for it pretty easy if you'd like to ask a question. Unfortunately, the board is down at the moment. ORCA also has a pretty extensive library of old manufacturer's catalogs but you need to be a member to purchase copies. Information from these old catalogs is just about the best information you can find.

The Coxe reels from LA, made in 2/0 to 16/0 sizes, are typically way more valuable because there were far less made and they were not mass produced. But there are some equally nice early big game Bronson-Coxe trolling reels too.

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Posted May 27 2009 - 5:44 PM


#5 Joe Friday

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Posted April 14 2012 - 11:01 AM

I have a J A Coxe Model 420 L listed at 200 yards capacity on the box!

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Posted September 19 2014 - 1:40 PM

I have 2 J.A. Coxe Reels.  Both made in Los Angeles.  I, however, don't see a model number on them.  I'm looking to sell them and need to find out more information on them.  Does anyone of you know who I can contact to help me out?