_"You have an iconic fly reel manufactured by Harvey Carlton of Rochester, New York. Harvey founded the Carlton Manufacturing Company in 1903 and made a number of really neat reels, including the Ideal fly reel, which you have a nice example of. They came in a number of sizes and finishes, yours is black and less commonly found than the nickel plated or German silver models. Carlton made reels until 1908, when he renamed his company the Rochester Reel Company, which according to author Phil White seems to have folded around 1910, although Carlton's reels continued to be sold until 1920. All Carlton/Rochester reels are scarce and collectible, and yours should be valued at around $75-$100. To see an example of a German Silver model in a box, click here."