In very good original condition, and retaining most of its original finish, complete with original ebonite handle, full-length smooth alloy foot, no cracks, chips, line grooves or repairs. This is a very nice example of a Fideliter reel which would be great to use or add to your collection.
This is an odd reel, clearly made by an accomplished manufacturer. The three-screw latch cover, well-finished frame and quality of components are testament to this, but I can find no information at all about a possible maker. The only information on the reel itself reads:
37/16″ REEL – No AFR1
BRIT PAT: APPLIED FOR
The word “Fideliter” is Latin it translates as “faithfully” which I suppose is the way you want a fly reel to perform. It is this use of Latin and something about the way the reel is made that leads me to think it may be Scottish in origin, but I cannot support that with any real evidence…
So these are “the ones that got away”. It is possible that in time more information will come to light, but even mysterious as they are, they are still interesting examples.