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Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Newtocane » Fri May 11, 2018 10:19 pm

All, someone posted pictures of this reel on a Facebook page, asking for information. Anyone seen anything similar? The reel foot doesn't appear to have been added later, I haven't seen the reel in the flesh as it were, but can't see any tell-tale welding seams.
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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by AshbyCut » Fri May 11, 2018 10:59 pm

The body is definitely a 'Junior' body ... possibly with some sort of material added to the foot leg to add weight to a very light reel, or mend a break (the castings were really quite fragile) ... and hand painted, as lots of boys did with their reels in the late 1950's/early 1960s to 'personalise' them. I was happy with my Monarch Mk. II in it's standard colour !!!

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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Marc » Sat May 12, 2018 6:18 am

If that’s a retrofit addition to the reel, someone had some skills. It’s a very tidy job all around. I’d have maybe gone olive green.
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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Jeremy Croxall » Sat May 12, 2018 9:08 am

If it were mine I would call it Kermit J Morritts....
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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Newtocane » Sat May 12, 2018 1:34 pm

Marc wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 6:18 am
If that’s a retrofit addition to the reel, someone had some skills. It’s a very tidy job all around. I’d have maybe gone olive green.
I agree on the standard of workmanship, nothing visible at all. I'll try to post some other photos that the owner has kindly agreed to let me share
Jeremy Croxall wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 9:08 am
If it were mine I would call it Kermit J Morritts....
The Intrepid/Morritts Kermit, splendid name!

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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Olly » Sat May 12, 2018 5:28 pm

I was a mere boy in the late 50's - no "personalisation" of gear then apart from "This belongs to Xxxx Yyyyyy"!

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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Stingray » Sat May 12, 2018 10:31 pm

Interesting and fun piece - most likely someone spending some time on a long Winter night. As Olly says, such modding was not en vogue back in the time of this reel also I have never found the castings to be fragile. Most striking thing to me about it is the white spool which looks like actual white plastic, intriguing. Thanks to you and the owner for sharing.

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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by AshbyCut » Sat May 12, 2018 11:24 pm

Stingray wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 10:31 pm
As Olly says, such modding was not en vogue back in the time of this reel
Maybe it was just around the area in which I lived at the time ... when boys were finding things to do with the paints left over from the plastic scale models which were an expanding trend at the time (Airfix plastic models were introduced in 1949 with a Ferguson Tractor, and the Spitfire was introduced in 1953). :Hat:
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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Stingray » Sun May 13, 2018 5:49 pm

AshbyCut wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 11:24 pm
Maybe it was just around the area in which I lived at the time ... when boys were finding things to do with the paints left over from the plastic scale models which were an expanding trend at the time (Airfix plastic models were introduced in 1949 with a Ferguson Tractor, and the Spitfire was introduced in 1953). :Hat:
Yes, maybe. A little later but I remember painting some perfectly good Matchbox cars with my airfix paints in between kits.

PS. I also remember Frog kits.

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Re: Interesting Morritts Junior

Post by Olly » Sun May 13, 2018 5:57 pm

I was 3 in '49 - so 7 near the end of the Coronation year. I still have the blue glass that was given away. And remember the Coronation party with jelly and cake throwing by uncouth kids, mostly started by girl.

I started fishing with a Standard at 11 - which I may still have - then a De-Luxe. I do have the Continental in black and the Supreme. Matched with a Sabina - all in the garage - somewhere!

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