In very good original condition with No cracks, chips, line grooves or repairs and retaining 99% of its original lead finish, complete with original twin ivorine handles and brass brake lever, early tension screw and un-filed full length smooth brass foot, original silk line, caged spool and quarter rim removed for thumb breaking, spins as good as any top quality centrepin with NO wobble, (very lightly scratched are the initials fhw, but hardly noticeable).
In the twenty or so years I have been collecting reels (mainly Hardy) it has always been a mystery to me why more collectors do not collect Silex reels! They are far more interesting and intricate than any other reels that Hardy have produced and the variations are endless. I have Silex reels on my desk and all over my den, and I never grow tired of picking them up and examining them, if you compare them with a Hardy Perfect or St John or St George there is no contest, Silex’s win hands down every time! What seems to be regularly overlooked is that they are not just bait casting reels but can also be perfectly used as Fly and centre pin reels.