"You have a really rare and interesting 19th century fishing reel on your hands. It was manufactured by John Kopf of Brooklyn, a notable (if often overlooked) reelsmith of the Victorian era. It's called an Acme Wire Click Reel and came with a click patent manufactured under license to vom Hofe, and an optional line guide (which yours has). These reels are scarce and very collectible. Concerning value, I contacted Jim Schottenham of Lang's Auctions and he wrote: "It looks like the reel has its original handle -- a big plus -- so with normal use wear, I'd place the value between $300 and $500." I agree with the Lang's reel guru, with the proviso that it could go for twice that much if two interested parties butted heads at a well-advertised auction. To see a catalog cut from 1885 from Jim's web site, click here. To read the definitive history of John Kopf by preeminent reel historian Steve Vernon, click here."