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Allcock Aerials & Aerial-Style Centrepins

I define "Aerials" as having a free-running drum stabilised with spokes (usually 6 or 12), a centre boss with grub screw enabling end-float adjustment, instant drum release, a micro-adjustable regulating brake (but not always, and never on pre-1905 reels) and an on/off click-check. Some modern Aerial-style reels run on ball bearings, and have a one-piece machined drum instead of the traditional front and rear drum plates (or "flanges") separated by 12 pillars or "line lays".  

Aerials are the centrepins of choice for many anglers and collectors because they are both elegant and practical. Therefore prices continue to rise and genuine bargains are difficult to find. Many Aerials change hands on eBay every week at "bargain" prices but buyer beware! - most have undisclosed faults which can be costly to rectify. I describe my reels as accurately as possible and welcome further enquiries. If you buy from me and are not entirely satisfied I pledge to refund the purchase price (less p&p costs) if returned safely within 7 days. If you feel I have misdescribed the reel then I will refund the postage costs as well!

I like to offer reels that are both efficient and affordable so I hope you will find an Aerial or Aerial-style reel on this page to suit your needs. Alternatively, I have a good range of other centrepins on my Non-Aerial Style Centrepins page, many of which are considered by some trotting enthusiasts to be equally practical as Aerials, albeit not as pretty! If you have trouble deciding which reel is best for you, please 'phone me to discuss your requirements.

A few words about fakes and refurbished reels... Unfortunately there are a few crooked dealers who knowingly sell fakes (or reels with major components such as back-plates replaced) as authentic and original, particularly Coxons and other rare Aerials... I am not one of those crooks!  

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All Aerials are sent by The Royal Mail's "Special Delivery" trackable "Next Day" service with appropriate insurance.

Unless stated otherwise, all reels on this page are authentic, run on traditional plain bearings, are ambidextrous and in good usable condition. They are listed in alphabetical order by maker or brand name...

I often have more Aerials waiting to be listed, so if you can't find what you want on this webpage, or would like some help choosing, please 'phone me...



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S Allcock & Co Ltd. 3" Ventilated AERIAL  Model No.7950 Type 3 (circa 1915)

Rare 3" diameter aluminium ventilated Aerial with approx 3/4" drum width*, 2 x 6 nickel silver spokes with 8-hole ventilation to front flange, regulating drag, optional button operated copper caliper click-check (ambidextrous design), xylonite handle knobs crazed & cracked but both intact and turning smoothly, Allcock's roundel trademark on backplate. "PATENT" stamped on front flange. Retaining most of its original bronzed finish. Apart from the handles the reel is in very good condition and extremely free running with no excess wear. Not polished cleaned or polished! Total weight: only 45/8 oz, drum weight: 17/8 oz! - they don't come any lighter than that - the low start-up inertia makes it ideal for light tackle trotting for roach etc. Highly useable & collectable. Serviced and ready to use for another 100 years...

GBP 590.00 reduced to 550.00 (Item reference ARL260)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.




S Allcock & Co Ltd. 3" Ventilated AERIAL  Model No.7950 Type 9 (circa 1920's)

3" diameter aluminium ventilated Aerial with 1" wide drum*, button operated ratchet style click-check (factory set for right hand wind), micro-adjustable regulating drag, 6 nickel silver spokes with 8-hole ventilation, crazed Xylonite handle knobs (no chips), circular bordered Allcock Aerial trademark & Reg Design No.689467 stamped on backplate. Mechanically perfect & dead straight with no noise, wobble or play and retaining much of its original "bronzed" finish. Total weight: 6oz, drum weight: 23/4 oz. Very good condition. BP linegard removed, hence low price...

GBP 490.00 (Item reference ARL293)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.




S Allcock & Co Ltd. 4" Ventilated AERIAL  Model No.7981 Type 2 (aka 7950 Type 9) circa 1920's

4" diameter aluminium ventilated Aerial with 11/4" wide drum*, button operated ratchet style click-check (factory set for right hand wind), micro-adjustable regulating drag, 6 nickel silver spokes with 8-hole ventilation, lightly crazed Xylonite handle knobs, circular bordered Allcock Aerial trademark & Reg Design No.689467 stamped on backplate, detachable BP lineguard, brass foot (slightly shortened but smooth and well aged). A superb runner with no noise, wobble or mechanical wear. Very good condition retaining at least 50% of its original "bronzed" finish. Highly useable and collectable. Total weight: 101/4 oz, drum weight: 47/8 oz. A very desirable size for carp, barbel & pike fishing, serviced and ready to use...

GBP 600.00 reduced to 575.00 (Item reference ARL231)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.




Recent addition
S Allcock & Co Ltd. 3" AERIAL POPULAR Model No.8902 (circa 1930's)

3" diameter aluminium Aerial with 1" wide drum*, button operated click-check (factory set for right hand wind), 6 nickel silver spokes, micro-adjustable regulating drag, Xylonite handle knobs (not crazed). Backplate stamped with Allcock's half-moon maker's details, Reg Design No689467, their stag logo, "Reg'd Trade Mark" and "THE AERIAL Popular". Listed by Allcock's as being made from lower grade materials than their Ventilated Aerials but that is generally believed to be untrue (the only real difference being the absence of ventilation holes!). Slight paint loss, mainly from rims, consistent with light use but zero mechanical wear. Runs smoothly and silently and everything works as it should. Total weight: 61/4 oz, drum weight: 31/8 oz. Excellent condition in nice original hinged lid box with press-stud fastener. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 360.00 (Item reference ARL189)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.




Price reduced!
S Allcock & Co Ltd. 31/2" AERIAL POPULAR Model No.8902 (circa 1930's)

31/2" diameter aluminium Aerial with 1" wide drum*, button operated click-check (ideal for RHW but could be used LHW), 6 nickel silver spokes, micro-adjustable regulating drag, Xylonite handle knobs (crazed but no chips or splits). Maker's details, "THE AERIAL Popular" and Reg Design No 689467 stamped on backplate. Listed by Allcock's as being made from lower grade materials than those of the Ventilated Aerials but that is generally believed to be untrue (the only real difference being the absence of ventilation holes!). Total weight: 7oz, drum weight: 35/8 oz. Runs smoothly and silently with no excess wear but a slight wobble which in no way affects it's performance. An excellent runner! Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 220.00 reduced to GBP 190.00 (Item reference ARL277)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering
. (Sold to PR)

 



Price reduced!
S Allcock & Co Ltd. 4" AERIAL POPULAR Model No.8902 (circa 1930's)

4" diameter aluminium Aerial with 1" wide drum*, button operated ratchet click-check, 6 nickel silver spokes, micro-adjustable regulating drag, crazed Xylonite handle knobs. Maker's details, "THE AERIAL Popular", maker's details and Reg Design No 689467 stamped on backplate. Listed by Allcock's as being made from lower grade materials than those of the Ventilated Aerials but that is generally believed to be untrue (the only real difference being the absence of ventilation holes!). Total weight: 91/2 oz, drum weight: 43/4 oz. Some play but runs well and everything works as it should. Serviced and converted to left hand wind by Garry Mills...

GBP 180.00 reduced to GBP 150.00 (Item reference ARL283)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.




Recent addition
S Allcock & Co Ltd.  41/2" AERIAL Model No.C815 (circa 1950s/60s)

41/2" diameter, rare grey colour ventilated Aerial with 15/16" wide drum*, switch-operated optional click-check, micro adjustable "Regulating Drag", chromium plated foot, centre boss, spokes & pillars, 10-hole ventilation to front flange, octagonal maker's badge on rear, saltwater resistant enamel paint finish with "bobble" effect on rear. Minor paint loss but spins extremely smoothly and silently with zero mechanical wear. For more information see page 56 of Allcock's Anglers Guide 1955 where you will see that this size was designed to be suitable for use in saltwater as well as fresh making it ideal for mullet, bass & seatrout fishing as well as carp, pike & barbel etc. Polished drum rim and converted for left-hand-wind (but easily switched back to RHW on request). Total weight: 107/8 oz, drum weight: 61/4 oz. Very good condition, complete in maker's box with original cork spool arbour which, like its present owner, has shunk with age so is not much use! Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 170.00 (Item reference ARL299)
Important
: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.




Recent addition
S Allcock & Co Ltd  MATCH AERIAL  Model No.C340 (circa 1965)

41/2" diameter ventilated Aerial with 9/16" narrow drum*. This classic centrepin was the last Aerial model to be produced under the Allcock name and was listed from 1965 to 1971 only. Features include switch-operated optional click-check, micro-adjustable regulating drag, nickel plated spokes & pillars, 10-hole ventilation to front of drum, instant drum release, chromed foot, black enamel paint finish with "bobble" effect on rear. For more information see page 183 of Allcock's Anglers Guide 1969 which illustrates this all-time classic trotting reel. Converted for left-hand-wind (but could be switched back to RHW on request). Polished drum rim. Total weight: 91/4 oz, drum weight: 51/8 oz. An excellent runner with some paint loss but runs superbly with no noise, wobble or excess wear. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 160.00 (Item reference ARL297)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering. 




Unnamed 41/2" Ventilated AERIAL (circa 1950's)

41/2" diameter aluminium alloy ventilated Aerial-style reel with 11/4" wide drum* and 12 hole ventilation. Make unknown. Aerial style centrepins were thin on the ground in the years after WWII due to the Redditch-based Allcock's/Young's Aerial tooling believed to have been lost during the war. The resulting demand for quality Aerial-style trotting reels was satisfied by several small engineering firms and individuals turning out good quality Aerial-style variants such as this one. The reason that most of these reels had no maker's name or any other identifying marks was no doubt because Allcock's still had patent and/or registered design rights on the Allcock Aerial. This particular example is fitted with lovely twin ebonite handles and other features are similar to the 1930's Allcock's Aerials such as the button-operated click-check, micro-adjustable regulating drag, 6 spokes, 12 pillars and quick release drum. The action is designed for left hand wind - almost unheard of in those days (most pre-1970s centrepins being designed for spinning, not trotting, and were therefore factory set for RHW and were not always easy to convert to LHW). This rare example is a superb runner in very good useable condition. Total weight: 11oz, drum weight: 51/2 oz. A very desirable reel for carp, barbel & pike, fully serviced and ready to use. Supplied in a circular padded reel case...

GBP 300.00 reduced to 250.00 (Item reference ARL282)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.



*Please note
My measurements for drum width refer to the actual internal width between the drum plates, and may therefore differ from the manufacturers' advertised specifications which are frequently rounded up or exagerated !
Stated diameters are measured across the front face of the drum.


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