I cannot tell you where this originates, except that at one time, it was free information on the Mitchell Reel Museum."Dating a Mitchell reel is easy if you have the right tools and here it is; the original Mitchell Fishing Reel Dating Guide!Though most vintage Mitchell reels have oval shape bodies; my purpose for identifying these reels as Egg-Shape is very simple.To learn more about Amazon Sponsored Products, click here.Determining dates of issue for Mitchell spinning reels has always been at the forefront of questions asked by collectors.I purchased the Mitchell 308 Spinning Reel after checking out a few reviews that were quite favorable.They actually convinced me to purchase one and I was not disappointed one bit. I have used it for species of freshwater fish there is.After 75 years, 2014 brings in a new dawn for not only our website, but for all those who have fond memories of, collect or still fish with vintage Mitchell reels!If are you looking to learn, buy, sell, repair, service, ask questions or go back to fishing with a vintage Mitchell fishing reel, you're at the right place!
Mitchell also imprinted a single numerical digit on the reel foot on some -but not all- first versions.
The classic cover plate models I’ve found to have the same SN sequence are the Mitchell 300/301, 300C/301C, 300DL/301DL, Otomatic, 330/331, Rapid, 350/351 400/401, 410/411, 410DL, 440/441, 440/441 Match, Garcia Mitchell Match (no 440/441 engraved), 500, 510 and 540.
Other Classic Egg-Shape models made after 1970 were included in the same serial number sequence.
Researching an answer was not an easy task since Mitchell did not use a system that was user friendly!
Mitchells numbering system was designed for internal use such as quality control, and audits and not for the collector to trace production data or historical events.
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