0184: Heddon, #14, Varnished 6-strip bamboo flyrod. 9', 3/2, for #6 line, 5-1/2 oz. Blackened Nickel-silver down-locking reelseat hardware with "PAT#1624052" stamped on the locking screw ring. Maroon colored, marblized, Pyralin (celluloid) spacer. 6-3/4" Half-Wells cork grip. Japanned Nickel-silver ferrules with soldered ring welt. Bronzed snake guides and a bronzed stripper guide with agate insert. Red wraps tipped black. The winding check is wound-over while the strap and ring hookkeeper is open wound.
The 19/64th mid ferrule and the 12/64 tip ferrule shows this rod to be a 2-1/2F, Bass/Heavy Trout model. The #14 model number is written on the shaft immediately above the winding wrap while the "Heddon" name spirals up the shaft. These markings indicate a mid to late 30's vintage rod before the model names were placed on the shaft.
The butt, mid, and one tip are proper length while the second tip has been shortened ~ 1" with a period replacement tip top installed. The rod is supplied in its original unlabeled maroon cloth bag, and a non-original heavy-walled cardboard tube.
This is a clean early issue Heddons rod with typical "Browntone" cane. An early overcoat of varnish has been polished out resulting in a good coat over original wraps. High quality early Heddon rods are becoming difficult to locate. This nice, early version is offered in very-good+ condition at $325