Congratulations on a fine reel, which looks to be beautifully made.
In the original post the difficulty was mentioned of finding a suitable reel to balance an 11' 7" 7wt rod, possibly by James Reid..
It may be of interest that Hardy's made the Ocean Prince reel in two widths from 1985 until 1995 in very suitable weights to match shorter bamboo rods, both hollow and solid in the length mentioned; weighing in at 16 oz for the wider 3 3/4" model, replete with line, and 14oz line filled for the narrower version also 3 3/4".
Of particular note is that these were some of the last hand made/ bench made/ manual lathe turned reels that Hardy's made. The parts were created individually by craftmen in the 'reel shop' and assembled in small batches on the bench by one fellow fitting all the parts together in the time honoured tradition of Hardy's. CNC machines were destined to be introduced by the firm around the same time.
Indeed, if a copy of Hardy's video from 1987 can be found - The Art Of Fly Reel & Rod Manufacture ( a guided tour of the house of Hardy factory) the Ocean Prince is featured as the parts are assembled.
As a bamboo rod-maker myself, I find these fine reels compliment my rods very well and are exceedingly well made, with anodized frame, generous drag plus nickel silver components and anti reverse handle, all very stylish and understated.
Thanks Malcolm, yes the new acquisition is a fine reel and it is very well made with an incredibly smooth finish; and also yes, it is for a James Reid, his Steelheader's Favourite, in a penta configuration. I'm sure it would have gotten away with a heavier reel like my 4" St, Mark at 13oz empty (I used this reel on it in my last trip to the Dee, Wales this summer and it was fine, albeit a bit heavy)
I have seen your previous posts of the Ocean Princes on your bamboos, and I actually recommended them to someone recently who was looking for a relatively inexpensive reel to match a long, heavy graphite spey rod.
I am sure that the Ocean Prince is a very fine reel, however in my whole fly fishing career, I've only owned or ordered 3 Hardy-esque reels - a Shamburg St. Mark, a Winston Perfect (made by Hardy) and an order for a Kell, which was never delivered when I inquired a year after ordering - since he got tired of the reel making game and decided he preferred to go gardening! I liked (or like) the ones I own(ed) but my preference is for the VH style.
Also I have also only owned one anti-reverse reel, an Islander AR4 which I used as a spey reel. Even though it was a very nice reel, I couldn't get used to the fact that line slipped when you reeled in when the drag was set correctly. A dual mode drag is more usable, and just the fact that it's probably overkill on all but the largest Atlantic or Pacific King salmon would deter me from owning another one.