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« on: December 06, 2017, 12:58:12 PM »

Just came across this cradle reel on the big auction site with a name stamped on the bottom. Because it is also stamped "PAT APPLD' FOR" I doubt the name is that of the owner, but "JW Smith" isn't a manufacturer I've heard of before. Anyone know what this is?

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 02:38:49 PM »

I think I saw it too if it had a slight green color to it. Interesting design,very simple looking and clean lines. I have no idea who made it but maybe an early proto-type or something.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 09:41:55 PM »

 Better get out your wallet if you want to outbid those heavy hitters. Too bad there's not a "poor mans" cradle   Cheesy  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 07:10:00 AM »

OK, so I answered my own question, I found another photo of a Nep-Tuna cradle for a Senator with the same structure and gimbal... but the question remains why the "PAT APPLD' FOR" and "J.W. SMITH" are stamped in by the manufacturer (I see the reflections curving at the edge of the letters, that's why I think it's stamped and not engraved) unless Nep-Tuna offered this as a customized accent on their Senator cradles.... and note it doesn't say "APPL'D". Another hint this wasn't a mass-production and is a unique piece.
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 10:22:46 AM »

Could it be a prototype?
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 11:10:11 PM »

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OK, so I answered my own question, I found another photo of a Nep-Tuna cradle for a Senator with the same structure and gimbal... but the question remains why the "PAT APPLD' FOR" and "J.W. SMITH" are stamped in by the manufacturer (I see the reflections curving at the edge of the letters, that's why I think it's stamped and not engraved) unless Nep-Tuna offered this as a customized accent on their Senator cradles.... and note it doesn't say "APPL'D". Another hint this wasn't a mass-production and is a unique piece.
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This cradle has nothing to do with Neptuna. Number 1, the reel mounted in it is a first generation 6/0 placing this cradle in the 1940's or earlier. The style is Ocean City; but, it is not an OC cradle. More than likely this is a One-Off copy of an Ocean City Design.

One of our members has won it, so he may come into this conversation. This is a very rare piece. Answers are still elusive.
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2017, 02:33:18 AM »

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I don't think you can rule out Nep-Tuna all together ! I can certainly see the Ocean City style in it but if it was an Ocean City design why wouldn't they have used an Ocean City reel they were around then ?? Prototype from someone probably a one off and as I said on ORCA I hope more info pops up on J.W. Smith !!  I will say I am kind of happy to own it ! Looks like a lot of work went into casting and design for only one cradle ! Must have been a person with some mechanical talent and foresight and possibly some money behind him to make such a cradle. Hopefully more info will pop up to help fill in pieces of the puzzle.   John Taylor
                                             
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2017, 09:38:19 AM »

I was hoping you won that John, congrats. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2017, 11:29:40 AM »

I was watching that one too.  Glad John got it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2017, 12:13:28 PM »

Glad it went to John too. There's an odd looking 10/0 cradle on there now too. Looks very simple unlike anything I've seen. Hope I'm not messing with the eBay bid thing.
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