Though Dr. James A. Henshall is best known for his Book of the Black Bass, published in 1881, he also was co-inventor with Dr. William Van Antwerp of the first revolving-spool casting reel designed expressly for bass fishing. It was known as the Henshall-Van Antwerp Black Bass Reel and Chubb Fishing Tackle of Post Falls, Vt., manufactured the reel from 1885 through the mid-1890s. Though any baitcasting reel of the time could be used for bass fishing, what distinguished the Henshall-Van Antwerp from its contemporaries was the mechanical internal brake, or drag, that applied pressure to the spool when a large fish was hooked. Extremely rare now, the Henshall-Van Antwerp Black Bass Reel originally sold for $15. Today it’s valued at between $3,500 and $6,000, depending on condition and whether it’s accompanied by its original leather case.