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Glossary for the Mitchell Collector

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  • "C" Suffix - This was utilised in the later part of the 1960s by Garcia and again in the 1980s by Mitchell Sports. "C" signifies bearings in both the rotor and the handle axis.

  • C.A.P. - For many years the debate as to the exact definition of these initials has been ongoing. Taking into consideration historical accounting and the many facets associated with these particular initials, it is a collective opinion among Mitchell collectors that the initials C.A.P. were actually the initials of the first company to design and produce a round bodied reel that was later given to Carpano and Pons for refinement and distribution. That company was La Canne à Pêche of Angers. It is of opinion that when Carpano and Pons produced the CAP reel, credit was given to the name of the company who invented the reel, Canne à Pêche. The letters C.A.P. were originally stamped by La Canne à Pêche on those prototypes given to Carpano & Pons which coincidentally were the same initials as Carpano & Pons and Charles A. Pons. Even though the majority of collectors agree to this conclusion, to provide fairness to the Carpano and Pons Company, we would posture to say CAP could also represent the initials for the Carpano and Pons establishment in France. Additionally, the possibility exists that the initials are those of Charles A. Pons, one of the original designers of the reel.

  • "Cap" - "Mitchell Cap" or "Cap 54" was the 1954 "C.A.P."-model that became the third model open face spinning reel offered by Carpano & Pons. First was the "Mitchell" (=300) and second the "Mitchell Salt Water" (=302).

  • Cap Super - Name given in the Netherlands to indicate the Mitchell 314-model. This name appeared also for a short time on this reel distributed by Albatros (see Albatros).

  • "Captain" - This name can be found on the side plate of some 600-models.

  • Carpano, Louis - one of the founders of the Mitchell Company (see also "Prehistory" and "History").

  • Carpano & Pons - Founders, designers, and manufacturers of the CAP and Mitchell reel. In 1937-1938, the first Carpano and Pons round body reel was made for the tackle shop "La Canne à Pêche" under the simple name of C.A.P. The very first CAP was issued with a wooden rosewood handle, which was identical to the first handles, used on the Mitchell 300. The release time between the second and third version was approximately 9 years due to the hostilities in Europe during WWII. In 1946 the third version was issued that was similar to the first two except for the side cover plate was no longer domed but slightly raised. There is speculation that the first two versions of the CAP were probably prototypes. After Carpano & Pons finished the work on the Canne à Peche and the Pecos reels, they pursued the manufacturing of their own round-body reel.

  • (La) Canne à Pêche - Was credited with inventing the first round bodied reels that were the predecessors and prototypes to the CAP reels produced by Carpano and Pons. This French company from Angers manufactured this reel in the mid-1930s. Evidently, the reel needed some improvements prior to marketing, therefore, Carpano & Pons was contacted to refine their invention. After Carpano & Pons completed design refinements, the product was marketed in Europe. La Canne à Peche made approximately five different versions of the round-bodied reels, each having the initials C.A.P. stamped on the body of the reel.

  • Carlucci, Larry - Mitchell collector and co-author of articles on collecting and understanding Mitchell reels.

  • Cluses - City in southern France were the Carpano & Pons Factory was located. (See also "Prehistory" and "History".)

  • Combi - Name given in the Netherlands to indicate the Mitchell 306-model. This name appeared also for a short time on this reel distributed by Albatros (refer to Albatros).

  • Combo - Name given to a reel of the 500-series combined with the appropriate rod. Often described as a "reel and rod combo".

  • Conolon - Was the brand name for the first Mitchell fibre glass rods.

  • Consul - Name used in the Netherlands to indicate the Mitchell 320-model. This name appeared for a short time on this reel distributed by Albatros (see Albatros).

  • Copy - See "Look-alikes".

  • Cross Wind (C.W.) - Cross winding gave a faster oscillation on the spool causing the line to criss-cross at different points. Both cross wind and planamatic systems have merits inherent in their designs.

  • Cutaway Models - Mitchell produced numerous types of cutaways to be used as sales material. The metal casing of the reel was cut out at various points to show the mechanics of the respective product. Cutaways can be found of almost all-304 and egg-shaped models, including the very rare left-hand models.

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