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19th Century Fishing Lures

,19th Century Fishing Lures are one of my favorite things if you have been following for sometime or know me personally. Antique lures, reels and companies made before or just after the turn of the century.
While some agree in their passions or pursuit for these things the path isn’t an easy one. Not just the finding or procurement of these things, but the history behind or during the production of the lures and reels and other ancillary items you might enjoy.

One of the reason I had started the other web site was there wasn’t much information out there about 19th Century Fishing Lures. At the time there was only a few references about the makers and the lures. Anything beyond the basics was almost kept a secret or was difficult to find one person with the answers to all your questions. Pre 1900 antique lure makers are the foundation of not only American made lures and reels but of the American Fishing industry. There are millions upon millions of fisherman out there that owe a nod or a tip of the hat to these great pioneers and 19th Century Fishing Lures who paved the way for their livelihoods, and passions.

 We are only caretakers of the antique lures, antique reels and stories we get to enjoy. It’s our duty to make sure the generations that come have a place of reference to look, to read and to embrace and ultimately enjoy. If we as collectors don’t take our jobs as historians and troubadours for what we enjoy, the future cant be held responsible for not taking the torch we pass.

19th Century Fishing Lures
19th Century Fishing Lures
19th Century Fishing Lures

Sparus Decussatus

By | July 12th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sparus Decussatus The Sparus Decussatus looks like it belongs off the movie Tron in it geometrical color-scape. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit [...]

Acanthurus Vittatus

By | July 10th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , , , |

Acanthurus Vittatus The Acanthurus Vittatus a name nearly as eloquent as its striped & colored beauty. This plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to [...]

Scorpaena Volitans

By | July 9th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Scorpaena Volitans The Scorpaena Volitans whose name is an indication of its seductive & deadly beauty. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a [...]

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Heart Shaped Spoon This is an early Charles Hibbard Antique Lure. Charles A Hibbard of Grand Rapids Michigan was one of the pre 1900's antique lure makers. This heart shaped spinner [...]

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

By | May 31st, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant This great Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant article comes to us from November 10th, 1900. The article found in the trade rag, Hardware; A Review of the American Hardware [...]

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JB McHarg Civil War Token

By | May 31st, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

JB McHarg Civil War Token This great example of a JB McHarg Civil War Token is a prime example of what drives me to collect. Looking off the beaten path for neat items to compliment both [...]

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Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , , |

Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog This Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog is a piscatorial visual treasure. I've always had a passion for the covers on 19th Century Fishing Tackle Companies, and this early early 1883 Orvis catalog [...]

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Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

By | April 29th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby was Born and raised in Philips Maine in 1854. Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby was a writer, fly fisher, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast who worked for the Maine [...]

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Fly Fishing Cabinet Card

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fly Fishing Cabinet Card Here is a great early 19th Century Fly Fishing Cabinet Card. The astute gentleman posing with his large green heart rod and what looks to be a larger Salmon type reel. [...]

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Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company This Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company, Henry Loftie catalog is a great early pre 1900's Catalog. Circa 1889, this cover has made it over a century protected for [...]

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Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pflueger May Bug Lure The Pflueger May Bug Lure was introduced in the late 1880's. The May Bug is one of the early quintessential Pflueger, or Enterprise Manufacturing Company Lure made in Akron Ohio.  The [...]

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Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure The Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure was made by Harry Comstock, Fulton, New York. Circa 1883. This is considered one of if not the first glass eyed antique fishing lures produced. The [...]

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Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Chautauqua Trolling Minnow The Chautauqua Trolling Minnow although looking the part is not a pre 1900's lure. Ive grouped it in there, as if to suggest while in truth it was made in 1909, if [...]

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Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann

By | January 21st, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann This piece a Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann has always been one of my favorite things in my antique lure collection. Yes, Yes I know its [...]

Sam the Black Bass Man Part I Sunday Sounds

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sam Sam the Black Bass Man Part I In introducing Sam the Black Bass Man, I must digress back a bit, and say thanks for all the views , likes comments, emails and texts I've [...]

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad Since today's motif is Turkey, I found  this apropos. This Skinner Turkey Wing Ad came from 1884. The Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett Company was a large seller of many items fishing [...]

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WD Chapman Photo

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , |

WD Chapman Photo This WD Chapman Photo is truly a great piece of history. In speaking to a local historian in Theresa New York Jefferson County she said she had a photo of the antique [...]

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Antique Fishing Attire 1875

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Antique Fishing Attire 1875 There have been may discussion over Antique Fishing attire in as much as the ability of the common layman to be able to afford to fish as a leisure or pleasure [...]

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