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Posted 7 years ago


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Recently I acquired this old hollow tube glass rod, 6' in length, two pieces. Can someone date this rod and maybe place a value on it? I noticed the handle and the rod have separate patent dates. Also the ferrule that locks into the handle is marked, No. 1186XL FEG. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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  1. Fishrod, 7 years ago
    You're right on about the Howald process - Shakespeare I think was the first to use it after it was used for aircraft radio antennas in WWII. I would guess late 40's to early 50's and $50 to $100.
    I've got a matching set of white Shakespeare casting and fly rod. The fly rod still has the plastic wrap on the cork grip. I swapped a custom spinning rod for the set - retail price of $150.
  2. finchave finchave, 6 years ago
    Thanks Fishrod and BELLIN68.
  3. ahance, 5 years ago
    Ah the Wonder Rod. I was given my uncles spinning and bait casting Wonder Rod when I was 12-14 years old (1967-69) and fished with the spinning rod until worn out and the rod was shortened due to being slammed in a door on a Boy Scout trip. The bait caster was later equipped with "sinker line" for stripped bass. Recently I acquired a Wonder Rod 8 weight fly rod and this year got a new fly reel from Cabelas for Father's Day. I'm teaching me 8 year old daughter about fishing using Bergmans "Trout" and this Wonder Rod will soon bring another generation into fishing going after bass and sunnys. 15-20 years ago I was able to buy another Wonder Reel spinning reel which was unique in that to release the line of a Wonder Reel you reversed the handle. This reel wasn't nearly as good as the original. Great equipment and great memories!! I have been trying to find another rod with the feel of my old Wonder Rod for 30 years!! I think this weekend I'll dig out that old stuff and see if I can get it going again.
  4. GoldenHorseshoe, 4 years ago
    I love this commentary and would like to reproduce it in the glossary of an interactive, multimedia oral history iBook that I am about to publish. The title is Memories of a Mountaineer, and the subject is Sterling Spencer, an extraordinary woodsman, soldier, philosopher and self-taught woodcarver who grew up and lived most of his life in the remote Cranberry Wilderness area of southern West Virginia. The connection with Sterling is a quote from his son Sam, "When a boy turned 13 or 14, he received a pair of L.L. Bean boots and a Shakespeare Wonder-rod. They called it the West Virginia Bar Mitzvah." Your comment is the perfect footnote to Sam's recollection. You can write me here or at Thanks for considering my request. BK

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