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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 and to the best of my knowledge, 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 1915-25)

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 with no chips, 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. The brass parts and nickel silver spokes are in good condition but heavily tarnished (probably from tobacco smoke) - the decision of whether or not to polish them I leave to the next owner! 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 this reel perfect for light tackle trotting for roach etc. Right hand wind. 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. 4" Double Ventilated AERIAL  Model No.7950 Type 7 (circa 1930)

Rare 4" diameter aluminium double ventilated Aerial with 11/16" ultra-light drum width*, 2 x 6 nickel silver spokes with front and rear flanges each ventilated with 12 large and 12 small holes, regulating drag, button-operated ratchet click-check, smoothly turning crazed xylonite handle knobs, full length un-filed 3" brass foot, Allcock's Reg No and "roundel" trademark on backplate. Retaining most of its original bronzed finish but there is some pitting to the front flange and all brass and nickel silver parts are tarnished (hence the very low price) - the question of whether or not to polish them I leave to the next owner! However, the reel has been cleaned & serviced, running freely & silently with no wobble or excess play. Total weight: only 8oz, drum weight only 31/2 oz!! - Perfect for Wallis casting - an ideal general trotting reel. Right hand wind. Highly useable & collectable...

GBP 600.00 (Item reference ARL305)
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 1924-35)

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 stamped on backplate. Mechanically perfect 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.7950 Type 9 (aka 7981 Type 2) circa 1921-35

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.  33/4" AERIAL Model No.C815 (circa 1950s)

33/4" diameter ventilated Aerial with 15/16" wide drum* with polished rim, micro adjustable "Regulating Drag", nickel silver spokes & pillars, 10-hole ventilation to front flange, switch-operated optional click-check, octagonal brass maker's badge on rear. Lightly filed foot and some paint loss consistent with fair use but mechanically perfect with a superbly smooth silent action and zero play or wobble. For more information see page 56 of Allcock's Anglers Guide 1955. Converted for left-hand-wind (but can be switched back to RHW on request). Total weight: 81/4 oz, drum weight: 43/8 oz. Complete with maker's instruction leaflet in original box. A great general purpose centrepin particularly favoured by barbel anglers. Serviced and ready to use...

GBP 175.00 (Item reference ARL278)
Important
: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering.  




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 flange, 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. 




Specialist Tackle custom made 41/2" Aerial  (Made in England by Terry Daniels 1991)

41/2" diameter ventilated Aerial-style centrepin trotting reel with 11/16" wide drum*. Features include ball bearing action with end-float adjustment, switch-operated click-check, micro-adjustable regulating drag, brass spokes & pillars, instant drum release, brass foot and semi-matt black anodised finish. Maker's initials "TD." and "Sept 1991" on foot. Total weight: 115/8 oz, drum weight: 63/4 oz. Made for right hand wind but could be used LHW. Runs straight and true with zero wobble or play. An excellent runner in near-mint condition (probably unused)...

GBP 175.00 (Item reference ARL301)
Important: For delivery to non-UK destinations please see international shipping then contact me before ordering. 



*My measurements for drum width refer to the actual internal width between drum plates and may therefore differ from the manufacturers' advertised specifications which are frequently rounded up or down!

Stated diameters are measured across the drum face, not the backplate.


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(This page was last updated 21st May 2018)