"While there were lots of metal fly rods--noted 1930s outdoor writer Edmund Ware Smith was such a fan of them he felt they were as good as many equally priced bamboo rods--yours is a three-piece steel utility rod manufactured by the famed Bristol-Horton Company for a trade house (likely William Mills & Son). It's called a utility rod because it can be used with a baitcasting reel or a fly reel; fly fishing at the time usually meant around 20-30 feet of fly line. This was made, by the way, for baitcasters without a level wind mechanism when casting 60 feet was a chore. It dates from the 1900-1920 period and because many millions were manufactured, are still readily available and worth $10-$20. They are fun to fish, though, if you're looking for a different feel!"