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Heddon #10 Irvin Cobb's Choice, Baitcaster

[ SOLD ] 0237: Heddon #10, varnished 6-strip bamboo baitcasting rod. 5-1/2', 2/1, 5 oz.(circa 1930) Bright chrome-plated nickel-silver down-locking "Screw-lock" reel seat (PAT.NO.1624052) with a gorgeous swirled purple 'Heddylin' (plastic) barrel. Rear 4-1/2" cork grip is in the 'Tournament style' and the fore-grip is best described as a 2" 'bulb', both from 1/2" solid cork rings. Bright chrome-plated nickel-silver ferrule with hand solder knurled welt. Classic chrome-plated nickel-silver guide supports with agate inserts for all casting guides and tiptop. The major wraps are Chestnut-brown tipped gold. The widely spaced intermediates are Chestnut-brown. Gold accent windings at the butt and ferrule. No hook keeper, as issued.

This model is sometimes referred to as "Irvin Cobb's Choice Bamboo Casting Rod" with the seldom seen 'Heddylin' reel seat barrel. The Heddon name spirals up the shaft and the model number is discreetly inked on the shaft just above the chrome plated hosel (winding check). The as-new original partitioned bag has the "Heddon", "A Genuine Dowagiac" embroidered label in perfect condition. The case is original, nice and clean, and the cap is marked "JAMES HEDDON'S SONS, DOWAGIAC, MICH". The screw cap has a minor crack but still closes properly. There is evidence of the, now missing, factory label.

The butt joint measures 31-1/2 inches long while the tip joint measures 33-1/2 inches. This high quality Heddon baitcaster with nickel-silver/agate mountings and nice original varnish should fit into any Heddon rod collection. A complete outfit in this nice condition is seldom seen on the market. This one is ready to fish or for display. $