within.cmd%3Fform_state%3Ddefault_state%26searchWithin%3Dtrue%26N%3D0%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3D50th%26search%3D50th%26nttWithin%3Dknife%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=50th&WTz_l=Unknown)"You have a very, very interesting surf reel on your hands. Kosmic is one of the legendary trade names in fishing history, first inaugurated by A.G. Spalding & Co. in the early 1890s and purchased by the U.S. Net & Twine Co. a few years later. The trade name eventually fell into the hands of a newly formed company known as H.A. Whittemore of Boston, Mass. in 1901, and this is the company that commissioned the Montague Rod & Reel Co. to make your particular reel. Your Kosmic reel is an early one, dating to before 1910. Certainly the reel deserves to be cleaned; you can go to the Old Reel Collector's Association (ORCA) website for lots of tips on how to safely do this. All Kosmic marked tackle is valuable, and I'd estimate the value of this reel at $100-$150. The value could go up markedly if it cleans up well and is in fully functional condition with all parts intact. To see a 1904 Montague catalog page featuring this reel, click here "