Just some examples of early Victorian reels by famous makers including Ustonson, Farlow, Jones, McGowan and Bernard. The one common feature on these particular reels is that capability for the handle to be folded into the rim to safeguard the reel when it is not in use.
Different mechanism's employed to allow the handle to fold away into the rim recess.
And again, further examples on display with the Ustonson relying on releasing the central locking nut to be released allowing the whole crank arm and handle to be reversed into the rim recess.
And sometimes, this reels come complete with their original plaited horse hair line.