Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: British Columbia, Canada fishing the West Kootenays mighty Columbia, Dean, and the Clearwater
Here is the full skinny on the reel....very interesting.
here's the synopsis:
"Walter", as known to his co-workers was William Henry Dingley, born West Broomwich 1-6-1858. Apprenticed Reuban Heaton Co. of Birmingham at age of fourteen. Heatons was then largest mfg. of reels in the U.K. Stayed with Heatons for fourteen years. Worked with David Slater Reels, Newark-upon-Trent for five years. 1891 moved to Alnwick with Hardy but left over a patent dispute in 1911. It was the braking system on the Silex reel. Went to become the head of the reel making dept. of J.J.S. Walker where he was responsible for the Climax spinning reel. Started his own fly reel company about 1919 and recruited ex- Hardy men. Made reels for the trade and several companies but you can usually find the "D" stamp inside those reels. Died 1-27-1946 at age 88. Oldest son Ernest ran his company until March 1954 when the company closed on his death. He apparently was a first class craftsman but a frosty old poop.
Information from "Hardy Bros. The masters, the men and their reels. 1873-1939. Published by J & J Publishing 1998. Middlesex England. Chapter "The Men" pp 48-51.
as far as weight on that reel goes, it should be about 12 oz. based on the equivalent reel in the Alex Martin catalog.
The catalog page I posted above, btw, is 1958 John Dickson & Sons Incorporating Alex Martin. Apparently Alex Martin had an inventory of these reels when Dickson bought them out.
this photo is the Hardy reel shop, c. 1900.
Walter Dingley is at the far left in back
John Mathers of Highfields in Ladysmith BC sends the following information about Foster Brothers of Ashbourne England.
Foster Brothers operated for sure out of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, from 1883 until 1965.* They claimed to have been in business earlier than 1883, but this cannot be substantiated.* Foster Brothers had a reputation for overly promoting many of their claims, particularly in the matter of their criss-cross whipped rods.* They frequently ran into trouble with Hardy for sailing too close to the wind in the matter of some Hardy patents.* Still, they were a recognized competitor in the marketplace of their day