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Pflueger O Boy Lure

Pflueger O Boy Lure

The Pflueger O Boy lure is Circa 1924. Pflueger of Akron, Ohio gave it a model number 5469. This antique fishing lure was only in production for roughly 5 years. This antique wooden lure measures 3 1/2″ inches  in length and resembles a chubby Pal O Mine minnow fishing lure.

The lure had standard size glass eyes and two treble hooks with the forward being held in with surface hardware. This antique Pflueger O’Boy lure has a notched mouth which is covered held in via screw. The fishing lure as shown is in a fancy back or Green Crackle Back finish.

Pflueger O Boy Photo Gallery

2017-09-19T10:13:57+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger O Boy Lure

Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel

Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel

The Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel is a reel that seems to have transcended the years. Made in Akron, Ohio this reel would last over three decades in the Pflueger Reel line up. Introduced as new in 1941 the lure would be produced until into the 1970’s. A good reel if your looking to start a collection and theres actually a more tough variation to find. The example here, is shown with the number of screw variation. New in 1941 this pre WWII model has six screws on the side plate instead of the later 5. A Orca online resource stated” This extra screw is the same size as the screw that holds the pawl cover on the level wind. A picture of this screw is shown on the Skilkast AMPRO reel in the copyright 1941 catalog. The description in the 1941 catalog also states that the reel came with a cork arbor glued onto the lightweight aluminum spool”

So Just when you think things are common digging a bit deeper you can find small yet significant differences, which of course leads to why you need to buy another one.

Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel & Box Combo Gallery

2017-08-07T08:05:20+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Antique Reels, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger SkillKast 1953 Reel

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

The Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure was released somewhere around the early teens.  This wooden chunk bait type series of lure carried the same model number of the previous and of the all future Pflueger Frog lures, a model series 2555. Born in Akron, Ohio of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger,  it would take on a multitude of names over its life span such as, the Kent Champion and the Kent Floater. While the lure would start off with glass eyes, it would transition to the wood eye then back to glass. The wood eye version is easily identifiable as the bulbous type eyes raise above the surface of the lure even more than the glass eye. These tell tale raised wooden eyes help date this antique fishing lure to around 1916.

The wood eye version lure shown in the gallery has the traditional never fail hardware holding the two side treble hooks in place, the rear hook is attached via screw eye. The glass eyed version below dates to the mid 1920’s, and has the belly and rear treble hooks with the belly hook being held on by a surface rig type hardware. The wooden frog lures body would roughly measure 2″ in length. Although this is a rough estimate as there were a myriad size variations throughout the lifespan of the series. You will also find that the prop on the front will help you date or differentiate your antique lure. It can be found with its name, Kent Floater inscribed on the front prop, a Diamond P Logo as well others to help date your fly eater.

The Wood Eye version shown in the gallery below is incorrectly housed in a marked green canoe box. The Wood Eye version dates to around 1916, and would have come in a Maroon Bulldog Logo Box. The box is the correct box for the glass eyed version shown in the photo gallery. Finally since its 6am while I’m writing this my bad joke for the day is; Is not fishing with a frog lure, fly fishing? Think about that…..

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique  Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:50:26+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

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 Market. The article discusses the growth and transition through acquisition of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger.

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

    It comes almost in the nature of a surprise to the Hardware trade that every possible part of the fishing tackle store can be furnished complete from one factory. In the history of the Hardware business this has never been known to be within the range of possibility until the present time. It has always been found necessary to go through a number of establishments devoted to the different branches of the business in order to obtain what might be considered a complete line of fishing tackle. At the present time the factory of the Enterprise Mfg. Co. of Akron Ohio supplies this wonder in the way of achievement and as will be noticed by any one in the Hardware trade desirous of adding this line or of increasing it in their present stock the most complete assortment possible of fishing tackle and other appliances pertaining thereto will be found in their wonderful catalog. This business has grown from what might be considered a small beginning to the most extensive known to this particular branch of the trade. We give an illustration herewith of their present factory to justify this statement.

Enterprise Manufacturing Company

Their original premises are indicated in the extreme corner of this illustration showing the dimensions of their plant at the time of inaugurating the business in 1880. In this extensive factory they make everything in the line except rods, and plain lines, and they anticipate before many seasons have passed that these also will be added to their present assortment. It is certainly the intention of this progressive concern that every season that passes shall find them in better shape than ever to take care of the wants of their patrons.

They are constantly adding new machinery and installing other facilities tending to make this condition possible. Their fish Hook department which has been so greatly augmented by the purchase of the business of the American Fish Hook Co of New Haven, Conn., enables them to give special attention to this particular line and produce an article of recognized merit that will add greatly to their prestige.

Their Fishing Reel department is one in which they take the greatest pride and this attention to so important a branch is well deserved for it is beyond doubt the largest, and best equipped plant of the kind in the world as the handsome array given in their latest catalog previously referred to will fully indicate. One of the most important features of their manufacture is that […]

2017-06-10T09:39:50+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

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 lure was produced for around 3 decades or thirty years until 1916. The May Bug was made to be fished or “Skittered” across the water. The Ad below touts that “The body is separated from the wings, gives life-like action to the bait when drawn through the water.”

The Pflueger May Bug was only made in one size, and measures roughly less than two inches in length. And although being made in only one size, this antique fishing lure was made in two different models. Such as many of the 19th Century Pflueger produced, they offered the May Bug both a Luminous and a Non Luminous version. The Luminous version is a model series number 975 and the Non-Luminous a series number 976.  The May Bug is beautifully painted, its wings an emerald shade of green, and spotted  abdomen and painted black eyes. The thorax is a black striped red, and its its legs and feet black as well. The underside of the lure can be found in two flavors. The Non Luminous is primarily painted in red and the Luminous as shown below in the gallery has both the luminous and red paint to attract the fish from below.

As were many of the early Pflueger lures, it was hand sewn to a card. The early versions bore no marking but the last versions bearing the Pflueger Bulldog. To the lure was attached at the rear a single treble to snare its prey. There was a factory installed box swivel on the top of the lure and if you wanted you could add a gimp leader for and extra sum.

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

Pflueger May Bug Lure

2017-06-15T07:50:27+00:00 April 14th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

This Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad window sign was published in a 1905 Vol. 23 of “The Hardware Magazine”. The ad specifies how dealers in Pflueger’s Fishing Tackle can get one.

I will take a dozen please.

Finding Point of Sale or store displays for the Antique Lures, Reels and Tackle we love is a double edged sword. As I have written before in the article South Bend Counter Display, making yourself aware of fakes and counterfeits can save many dollars, heart break, and even misunderstanding for current or future antique lure collectors.  Its hard not to go to a flea market or antique store today and not run into newly made, made to look old, porcelain or tin signs. I’m as guilty as the next person for wanting to adorn the walls of my man den or tackle room with antique fishing like type items. I’m not one to tell anyone what to do; however, maybe take a minute the next time you go to buy one of these things and think about an alternative option for antique lure room decoration. This isnt the late 90’s anymore and prices have come back down to earth for many antique lure and tackle related items. Just take for instance the common rod or reel or even bamboo rods with condition issues. Youl can pick the things up for a few dollar a piece and incorporate this into a wonderful display, that’s authentic to boot!

If anyone has a photo of a real one of these Id love to add it to the article, or just even see a photo. Drop me a line or post below.

I received and Email from fellow NFLCC member Merrick Burr who was able to not only provide a Photo of an original sign but also was able to add to the discussion as to how it ties in with AL&W

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AL&W Lure Company Sign AL&W Lure Company Sign

Here is the cover of the 1928 ALW catalog. They have taken the bass from the original sign and added to the 2 men in the boat and some background.
“Also circa 1928, ALW started using these lure boxes with a bass and bright red fly in its mouth.
I am assuming this box is based on the sign and in particular the Pflueger bass.”

AL&W Lure Catalog Cover AL&W Lure Catalog Cover

AL&W Lure Box AL&W Lure Box

This ALW silk screen Sign is from the same time frame as the catalog.
Silk screening made it impossible to replicate the bass accurately, but they did include the two men in the boat and also the red fly.
This sign is quite a bit larger than […]

2017-04-01T20:03:13+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Antique Lure Sign Ad

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

The Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure is one of those timeless classics that was first introduced in 1925. Made in Akron Ohio, this lure was a staple in the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company lure line up for close to half a century. This straight uni-body Pal O Mine was given a model series number 5000. As with all lures that made it that long, there were many variations to it as the company and the industry evolved. This wooden lure measures 4 1/4 inches in length and you’ll note has pressed eyes. So while the Pal O Mine was introduced in 1925 this version shown was brought in to production around 1948. The antique lure came standard with three treble hooks and used a surface style hook hanger to secure them.

This Great Color Pal O Min came in with this weeks consignments.
Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure
If you have any lures you would like to consign please contact me.

The Pal O Mine is a super lure to collect as it has variations in both body, hardware and colors. You could enjoy many many years trying to fill up a collection of them. The lure shown in the gallery below is one of my favorite Pflueger colors. The color is a color code 39, a Scramble finish of Red, Green, and Yellow a tie dye of sorts.

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-23T09:24:46+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure

Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure

Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure

The Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1929. This lure made by Pflueger or Akron, Ohio was given a model series number 6700. The lure was in the Pflueger antique lure line up for roughly a dozen years and was last seen around 1942 in this the largest version.

This version of the Pippen, 6700 series, was a metal fish shaped lure that measures 2 3/4″ in length. The size is actually stamped on the underside just in front of the screw holding in the hook, and to the rear of the single line tie. This patterned fishing lure was slightly similar to that of the Heddon Spoony  Fish. The lure, bending inwards concave in shape had a single fixed single shank hook. This single hook was made weedless by the double metal tines protecting it.

The Pflueger Pippin Antique Lure was made in roughly a half a dozen different colors, two of which are shown below. The Model 6760, which is the model and color code for the Nickle with Spots, and the 6726, which correlates to the Red and White fleck.

Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:05:07+00:00 November 5th, 2016|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Pippin Wobbler Lure

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

The Pflueger Joseph Spoon was said to have been introduced around the late 1880’s. Pflueger, the Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio expanded their metal spinner and lure offering through innovations, patent purchases, mergers and aquisitions as well as making things very much like other companies. This antique fishing lure was given a model series number 160 for the luminous version and 161 for the non luminous versions.

The name would be changed later to the Perfect Revolving Heart. That name and that shape had been used decades earlier by the John H Mann Company. The lure is also similar using a spring type design to keep the blade away from the spinner by a Mr Louis Kessler. While some may lean towards the Kessler connection for its design and patent in 1883, I however personally think there is more of a Mann connection. Pflueger where by seeing the success of the lure among fisherman as well as the death of John Mann in 1893. Whatever reson there were multiple companies who used a similar lure with a similar lure function. The reason, to keep the blade of the lure away from the shaft while it revolved around the lure upon retrieval or trolling.

No matter what you collect, be it Pflueger, Heddon, Creek Chub or the litany of other early or later manufactures that used metal, plastic, or wood, appreciating the craftsmanship and the history of the American fishing lure is easy to do with examples such as this.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my friend and fellow antique lure collector, for allowing me access to his bevy of early Enterprise Manufacturing Company lures to share with the readers

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

2016-10-27T10:35:02+00:00 October 27th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2 T

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2T

The Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2T was first introduced in 1925. This Pflueger lure made in Akron Ohio was given the model series number 5000. This smaller 2T or two treble version measures 3 1/4″ in length although it carries the same model number as the larger version. The forward trebles uses surface type rigging, while the rear with the screw eye. This wooden glass eyed Pal O Mine lure shown below has the first flat version lip that is labeled Pflueger Pal O Mine on its reverse. The lure in shape is a smallish cigar tapering as it goes backwards toward the tail of the lure. The mouth of the antique lure is notched out and inset is the lures only line tie. This 2T model version with glass eyes was made for less than a decade as shown.

The lure would come in over a dozen standard Pflueger lure finishes. The black and white colored below is a code number 64 which is very tough to come by finish. The lure would have come housed in the picturesque green canoe box.

Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2T Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:16:23+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Pal O Mine Lure 2 T

Pflueger American Spinner Lure

Pflueger American Spinner Lure

The Pflueger American Spinner Lure was first introduced around 1894. The Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio would not be the only one to make this lure. A very similar with notable differences was produced and patented by John B. McHarg in 1896 as well as The Hedryx Bait Company. With it’s waning crescent like shape and ball spinner the arrowhead shaped spinner lure is a beauty. One side of the blade being a polished nickle the other a hammered copper colored alloy. This not only attracts fish, but antique lure collectors as well.

The Pflueger American Spinner lure was offered in a Non Luminous style which was a series number 48 as well as a Luminous version a series 47. After the 1900’s you can find the lure in a second quality finish as shown in the catalog cut from 1904 below. The lure was made in six different sizes, a one through six, the one being the smallest. You can find the lure with a glass bead or a metal washer as well. You will also find these later in production with the typical Bull Dog Logo in the teens like the example in the gallery below.

In the thrid photo in the gallery you can see the two tabs that are used to hold the sides together. This is one of the ways to distinguish a McHarg, which used a soldered method.

Pflueger’s American Spinner’s

Combination of Plain Nickle and Embossed Gilt
A Great Improvement over Anything of Similar Kind Heretofore on the Market

One of the wings is made of embossed Gilt metal, and the other of plain nickle, with a glittering ball in the center. It makes a most attractive and killing combination for all game fish. The ball, tube and blades are securely fastened together, mounted so as to revolve perfectly on a brass spring wire shaft.

Pflueger American Spinner Lure Catalog Cut

Pflueger American Spinner Lure Gallery

2016-10-26T11:41:06+00:00 October 15th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger American Spinner Lure

Pflueger Angle Worm Lure

Pflueger Angle Worm Lure

The Pflueger Angle Worm Lure was first introduced in 1894. While the Angle Worm would be new, making rubber lures was not a new thing for the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger, of Akron Ohio. I’ve said for a before that I believe Pflueger’s choice of rubber as a antique lure medium had a lot to do with having the B.F Goodrich company and it’s suppliers close by. The Helgramite Post talks to this and the Rubber Industry. The Enterprise Manufacturing had quite an array of rubber insects, critters and fly eaters throughout its history.

This antique fishing lure in its simplicity was setup the same way a angler would set up using a regular worm. The Angle Worm has two single hooks tied into the inline rig. One at the top of the worm, the other at the end of the set up. The Angle Worm itself was available in six different sizes, and just like many of the early Pflueger lures you could get it in a Luminous and Non Luminous options. The lure used the model series number 227, and was sold like many of the early lures attached to a card. This later version, the one shown in the gallery would add a box to the to the set up.

Pflueger Angle Worm Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-14T10:28:58+00:00 October 14th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Angle Worm Lure

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

The Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure is truly a beauty. This antique fancy metal Pflueger, Enterprise Manufacturing Company fishing lure was made in Akron, Ohio. The Saint Clair was a model 691 and was the Non Luminous Tandem Spoon, its counter-part the St. Lawrence, model 690, was the Luminous version. This antique lure dates to or is pre 1890. This beautiful example almost 120 years old has a great patina.

The Pflueger St. Clair Double Spoon lure was available in 5 different size models, One through Five, and after 1900 was offered in six different sizes. The lure can be found with varying fancy blades. This inline rig features a box swivel at the top attached to the pre-made factory loop. Next is one of the blades or some can be found with a trace leader with treble hook attached. The first of two beautiful metal spoons rests on a section of the shaft followed by a red ruby glass bead Pflueger’s fancy fluted ball. This pattern then repeated one more time before getting to the trailing feathered treble hook.

This great example of a Pflueger St. Clair Double Spoon lure shown uses the Fancy Fish Scale Blade as well as the Fancy Daisy blade patterns.

No matter what you collect, be it Pflueger, Heddon, Creek Chub or the litany of other early or later manufactures that used metal, plastic, or wood, appreciating the craftsmanship and the history of the American fishing lure is easy to do with examples such as this.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my friend and fellow antique lure collector, for allowing me access to his bevy of early Enterprise Manufacturing Company lures to share with the readers.

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 October 11th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory

Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory

In this Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory advertisement we see the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger advertise its luminous lures. The Enterprise Manufacturing Co., out of Akron, Ohio had just a year earlier come out with the Success Spinner. The advertisement recants an anglers success and experiences with one of Pflueger’s luminous soft rubber frogs.

Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory

Read and be convinced what Pfluegers Luminous Baits can do.

W.F. De Wolf, 7011 Monroe St., Englewood, Chicag, writes;

“I must tell you of my great “fish catch” with one of “Pflueger’s Luminous Frogs.” I caught 40 Black Bass in two mornings and one evening fishing. The largest weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz., measured 22 in. in length, a 14 in. girth, with mouth 4 in. across (when open). Several of the weighed 5 and 5 1/2 lbs. each, quite a number 3 1/2, 4 and 4 1/2, and a great many 2 to 3 lbs.

“The little town where this catch was made, and all it’s fishermen were wild when they saw the string of fish. I had them, myself and boatman photographed. The 7 ponder tired my boatman and myself so that we sat and looked at each other for a moment or two after landing him, neither having a word to say. The sight of such a monster lying on the bottom of the boat, and the thought that we had really succeeded in capturing him, rendered us too full for utterance.”

The Famous Luminous Baits are Manufactured only by the

Enterprise Manufacturing Co., Akron, Ohio

Largest Manufactures of Fishing Tackle and Anglers’ Specialties in the U.S.

 

2016-10-11T12:07:45+00:00 October 11th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory

Pflueger Archive Frog Lure

Pflueger Archive Frog Lure

This Pflueger Archive Frog Lure is neat little unit. The only reference for fly eaters (Don Wheeler’s Frog Collectors Guide Book) has and shows a few versions of this Pflueger Archives frog. This Metal lure is comprised of two concave halves affixed together at the rings on both the nose and legs. This antique fishing lure is hand painted and this version has glass eyes. The lure features a single barbed hook attaching to the lure and exiting between the legs and a trailing treble attached at the belly. The Pflueger antique lure measures 2″ in length and had two feet acting as flashers attached to the legs via split rings. This lure differs to the ones shown in the book on page , as the others show different hook, eye and even material compositions.

As we have noted before, many manufactures copied or tried to assemble lures that proved successful for its competition. The book gives these frogs an estimated date of the 1930’s, while others suspect the teens. I assert that this lure may be classic case of experimentation, as a direct result of the Heddon Spoony frog from the late 1920’s. The old phrase of “Monkey See, Monkey Do” comes to mind with makers taking what works for others and adapting, and putting their own spin on it. We may never know the answer to this or to the many other lures that have surfaced over the years with the Pflueger Archives tags attached. The one thing I am certain of is that they should have produced this Pflueger Archive Frog Lure, as it really is a neat piece of history and a work to behold.

Lastly, I would like to add if you don’t have a copy of Don’s book you really should, as the history it contains and it’s use as a reference is well worth the the output.  The book is and will be for a very long time, the most current, relevant and in depth piece of work based on our beloved fly eaters. Click the link to purchase Don Wheeler’s “The Frog Lure Collectors Guide” and help support our collectors who have given so much time, effort and heart to our Antique Lure Collecting Community.

Pflueger Archive Frog Lure Photo Gallery

2016-09-28T08:39:03+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Archive Frog Lure

Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait

Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait

The Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait fishing lure was introduced some time after 1886. The Enterprise manufacturing Company of Akron Ohio is said to have purchased the patent rights to a lure. The antique lure called the Hamilton, originally made by the Nye Creaser Company. This antique lure can be seen in the 1892 catalog next to it’s non-luminous partner “The Volunteer”, which used a model series 191 through 193. The Puritan used a model series 194 through 197. This lure would later transition into the Pflueger Kidney Beaded Bait as shown in the 1904 catalog below.

The Puritan, was offered in a series of Sizes 1 though 8 in the early years, and one through 7 using Nine examples including half sizes after it changed it’s name to the Kidney Beaded Bait. The antique lure would start with a pre attached swivel, then featured a glass bead on the early models, trailed by the blade or spoon attached to the top of inline rig via a clevis. The blade, which can is shown in a Fancy Fish Scale Pattern was available also in the era specific patterns. From the Fish Scale Blade shown to the Root Blade and Hammered finishes or the Dimpled and Grenade type spoon. Following the blade was a series of colored and differing shaped and sized beads or egg as they were referred to. The end of the inline rig would be trailed by a fancy dressed feathered treble hook to secure its catch.

No matter what you collect, be it Pflueger, Heddon, Creek Chub or the litany of other early or later manufactures that used metal, plastic, or wood, appreciating the craftsmanship and the history of the American fishing lure is easy to do with examples such as this.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my friend and fellow antique lure collector, for allowing me access to his bevy of early Enterprise Manufacturing Company lures to share with the readers.

Enterpris Manufacturing Company Kidney Beaded Egg Bait 1904 Catalog Page

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Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait Lure 

Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait

2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 September 13th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait

Pflueger Governor Lure

Pflueger Governor Lure

The Pflueger Governor Lure was first introduced around 1892. This antique fishing lure was made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, of Akron Ohio. This fancy Pflueger Metal Spoon and minnow was given a series 792. The “Governor” was the Luminous version to its non luminous counterpart, “The Admiral”.

These lures were offered in the 1892 Pflueger lure catalog in three different sizes. The sizes were 7, 8, and 9. The Governor was constructed on a long wire shaft, at the rear of which was a trailing feathered treble hook to secure its prey. Moving forward it was followed by a painted and molded rubber composite minnow, which bore the resemblance of a real minnow even down to the red gills and fluted fins. On Each side of the wire through lure was a crimson red glass bead. Next, after the second bead we see a looped trace leader that has a single treble that is affixed at the end. The loop and the red glass bead atop and at the bottom of it allowing it some mobility to rotate freely moving up and down the shaft when retrieved. At the Apex of this great 19th century minnow rig we see what we as collectors refer to as a fancy blade, spinner or spoon. There were different designs available that adorned the in line rig. The ornate design or fancy blade we see here is called the Sea Shell Pattern blade.

No matter what you collect, be it Pflueger, Heddon, Creek Chub or the litany of other early or later manufactures that used metal, plastic, or wood, appreciating the craftsmanship and the history of the American fishing lure is easy to do with examples such as this.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my friend and fellow antique lure collector, for allowing me access to his bevy of early Enterprise Manufacturing Company lures to share with the readers.

Pflueger Governor Lure Photo Gallery

Pflueger Governor Lure Pflueger Governor Lure

2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 September 8th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Governor Lure

Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure

Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure

The Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure is great piece of 19th Century metal. This antique lure was first made made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron Ohio around 1886. There were two different versions available in the catalog. The “Propeller” was given a model 691, and was the non-luminous version, and the “Champion” was given a model series number 690, and was the Luminous version of the antique spinner lure. The lure would last less than a decade in the Pflueger lure catalog line up and would be gone by around 1895. While the lure itself would cease to be produced, one cant hep but wonder if it had a hand in inspiring the “New Akron Spoon”, of the “Tandem Spinner” that followed directly after.

The “Propeller” metal antique lure is built upon a simple wire shaft comprised of an assembly of intricate pieces. The antique lure at it’s base has a series of three metal balls faceted on a hollow tube and topped by a crimson red glass bead. The second or abdomen section is again a hollow tube which has faceted to it, a flat roughly 1/2″ wide ribbon type prop which rounded tips curl at the end, with another round ball faceted above. At the peak or crown is yet another metal propeller, fashioned into the shape of petals or 8 separate blades. The lure has a simple box swivel to attach ones line to, and a single feathered treble to secure its catch.

No matter what you collect, be it Pflueger, Heddon, Creek Chub or the litany of other early or later manufactures that used metal, plastic, or wood, appreciating the craftsmanship and the history of the American fishing lure is easy to do with examples such as this.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my friend and fellow antique lure collector, for allowing me access to his bevy of early Enterprise Manufacturing Company lures to share with the readers.

 Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure Photo Gallery

Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure

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Pflueger Ballerina Antique Lure

Pflueger Ballerina Antique Lure

The Pflueger Ballerina Antique Lure was introduced around 1952. This wooden pressed and painted eye lure was Pflueger of Akron, Ohio model series number 5400. This wooden tapering cigar shaped fishing lure has a front forward line tie. The lure itself measure 4 1/8″ in length from tip to toe and has a belly weight between the surface hardware and rear hook. There are two treble hooks the lure has to secure its catch. The forward most treble hook uses the surface type hardware to keep the hook in place, and the rear uses the traditional eye screw.

The Pflueger Ballerina lure was offered in a myriad of different colors. The example shown in the below antique fishing lure photo gallery is a collector favorite, scramble finish. The color code should you be trying to match the lure with the correct box is color code 39, so, its box would be marked 5439.

Pflueger Ballerina Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel

Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel

This great little ad discusses the Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel. This comes to us from 1884, 137 years ago. Early advertising for lures mentioned in here such as the Crystal Minnow, and the Flying Helgramite are hard to come by so enjoy.

Pflueger Flying Helramite Vs Chapman Buel

To Anglers: The fishing tackle dealers supply you with a lot of things to delude the speckled beauties or the lively pickerel etc., but now an then, in certain kinds of water and weather, they fail to stir a fish. A new and enticing bait has been discovered: by The Enterprise Manufacturing Company, of Akron Ohio. It has been used to great purpose by a leading lawyer of that has been rusticating in the neighboring Dominion. His letter reads as follows:

Picton. Canada August 19th  Friend Pflueger, For the first time I today gave your Flying Helgramite a trial, and I gave it a thorough one. I went fishing with the Judge of this county, Judge Gillet and we had royal sport. My first capture was a seven pound black bass; afterwards we took in many between two and five pounds. My catch was pronounced by sports here unequaled. No one had ever seen a bass that size taken here. It was caught with your Flying Helgramite which I regard as a killing bait. I used it against a Buel and a Chapman Spoon and I Came out on top. Judge Gillet upon our return spoke highly of it. Yours, C. P Humphry

We learn that the baits referred to as the Flying Helgramite, Crystal Minnow, Hard Rubber Minnow, Soft Rubber Frog and Dexter Spoon. The Patent of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company is to apply Luminous Compound to artificial fish bait making the same attractive id deep and turbid water, cloudy days and especially after dark. Samples of the Flying Helgramite can be obtained from the company at .75 cents or 3 for $2.00 other styles .60 cents each or two for a $1.00

Pflueger Flying Helramite Vs Chapman Buel Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel

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Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

This Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 ad is one of those that I found off the beaten path. Recording media has been done since the beginning of time, its just the mode, methods and the medium for transmission have change. I found this great old Pflueger Antique Fly Fishing lure ad in a magazine about old phonographs. The Phonograph itself was only invented just 9 years earlier in 1877. So while we always think to look in hunting and fishing themed media, this one shows us we can learn things about our hobby sometimes in strange places.

The ad, like many early Pflueger ads is sticking with the tradition of highlighting Pflueger’s luminous fishing lure qualities. Besides touting the Luminous fly qualities, the ad touts that it and Pflueger are endorsed by President Cleveland, who was know to have been quite a fisherman. I see quite a few early 1800’s antique lure ads that involve marketing Mr. and Mrs Cleveland and their sporting prowess.

Sent Free!                           Post Paid!

Pflueger’s

Luminous or Bass Trout Fly

With our 44 Page Catalog of Modern Styles

Fish Baits and Anglers Specialties, fro Price of Catalog 20 Cents.

A Vacation made Pleasant and Profitable ,

The Enterprise Manufacturing Co.

Akron Ohio

 

Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

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Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure

Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure 1914-1924

The Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1914 and assigning it a model number 3900. This wooden antique fishing lure was made by Pflueger, Enterprise Manufacturing Compay of Akron, Ohio. The lure shown is the first version, or the “Hole Eye”version, featuring painted holes for eyes. The antque lure measures 3 3/4” in length and uses the Neverfail hardware (which was patented in 1911) to secure two of the three teble hooks. The lure was offered in 7 lure color schemes consistant with the era and shown in the ad below.

Pflueger Surpsie Minnow Lure Pflueger Surpsie Minnow Lure

The Liveliest of the “Live Ones”

Stock this New Floater, Diver and Wiggler and See Your Trade Grow

Brought out at close of the 1914 season this new artificial minnow leaped into instant popularity. The result of 51 Years os successful tackle building is represented in Pflueger “Surpise” Minnow.

We offer this minnow to the trade as representing the highest in artificial bait.

Our reputation as the largest fishing tackle builders in the World stands behind this bait.

The Surprise is a floating bait which dives the instant reeling it in is commenced the depth being controlled by the speed of reeling. As it comes in it’s peculiar construction causes the bait to wiggle and dart about with the eccentric movements of a live minnow. The motions that arouse the combative instincts of the gainy bass. Upon stopping reeling the bait rises to the surface.

Made in seven color blends as follows:
No 3914 Luminous Enamel All Over- Red Throat
No 3915 White Enamel All Over-Red Throat
No 3916 White Enamel Belly-Raibow Back Red Throat
No 3917 White Enamel Belly Green Cracked Back Red Throat
No 3918 White Enamel Belly-Green and Red Spots, Red Throat
No 3919 White Enamel Belly Green Bac Red Throat
No 3920 Yellow Porch Red Red Throat

Notice Hardware Dealers send for illustrated price list and discounts. Good Profits. A big line of Fishing Tackle THE ENTERPRISE MFG C0 Dept 16 Altron Ohio Akron Fishing Tackle Works Successors to The American Fish Hook Co Established 1864

Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure Photo Gallery 1914-1924

Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure 1925-1935

Around the same time we see major line up changes from several of th eantique lure makers, Heddon, Shakespeare, Creek Chub, we see Pflueger change the Surpise Minnow. Starting around 1925 we see one of the most prominent changes, we see glass eyes added the the Plueger Surprise Minnow Lure. As well as moving from Neverfail hardware to what would be deemed surface rig. The colors would also shift to stay within the consistant color schemes for that era as well. The Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure would be stenciled as such on the uper part of the mouth of the fishing lure.

Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure 1925-1935 Photo Gallery

Does a 5 Pound […]

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Pflueger Catalina Lure

Pflueger Catalina Lure

This Pflueger Catalina lure was a model 5500 series. This version of the lure date to the mid 1920’s to 1940 by the Pflueger Bait Company of Akron, Ohio. This wooden, glass eyed coast minnow type is the 3rd version of the Catalina. This antique Pflueger Lure measures 4 1/8″ in length and is torpedo in shape that tapers in girth until it reaches its bulbous tail. The lure has a single forward line tie with wire through construction, and a rear bull dog marked prop. The antique fishing lure two internal belly weights and has a oversize large single hook at the aft end behind the marked prop.

This salt water type lure can be found in multiple color scheme finishes such as the model 71 Yellow, Green and White. The lure in the gallery is shown housed in a beautiful green canoe Pflueger antique lure box, that is stamped on the end correctly.

Pflueger Catalina Lure Photo Gallery

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Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885

Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885

This Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad came out in 1885. This makes it 131 years old and a treat to still be able to see. Finding advertising that is this old is certainly a high point for those out there like myself that love old paper that has to do with antique lures, reels and the fishing industry in general. This ad was out of an American Angler trade rag.

Pflueger’s Luminous Bait

1st Fisher: Hello Burke! How did you capture that fine string of Fish? Ive been out here since morning and have only a few measly Perch.

2nd Fisher: Oh! This is only Three Hours Work! My Time is Too Valuable during the day so I go Evenings I Use PFLUEGER’S LUMINOUS BAIT.

3rd Fisher: HA! I’ve heard that the game fish rest during the day and feed at dark. I’ll use the LUMINOUS BAIT hereafter.

Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885 Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885

 

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Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad

Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad

This Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad comes to us from a 1904 catalog. The Pflueger Enterprise Manufacturing Company Claims to have created the first artificial minnow production with its Crystal Minnow then on to the Flying Helgramite then to the Trory. Its hard to argue with them. The Trory minnow lure is on every collectors check list. I suppose if cant own one in real life looking at this add will suffice for more time. You can see below the lure was offered in a Luminous, a Non Luminous First Quality and A Second Quality as well. Price per dozen artificial lures was $11.80. Yes Sir, please send me just one.

Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad

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Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904

Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad

Here is a great early Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad. This clip is out of the 1904 Pfleuger Enterprise Manufacturing Company Catalog. The plate below touts it should the actual size. Model numbers 473 being Luminous, , Model 474 Non Luminous 1st Quality and 475 being of second quality. I’m not sure of the difference between the two so if anyone wold like to tell me Id love to add it to the Wizard lure ad.  Maybe its the use of glass eyes versus tack, or paint finish quality. If you have any wizards for sale Id love to see them. I’m looking for a 3 hook Pflueger Wizard version right now.

Pfluegers “Wizard” Wooden Minnow

   The above minnows are ballasted so as to float belly down and can be used on or below the surface of the water according to the speed given it. The Spinners revolving freely in opposite directions produce a most tempting attraction to all game fish especially Bass. To get best results the minnow should be used in and around pads, rushes and places where game fish habitat. Don’t fail to keep the minnow on the move. 

Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904 Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904

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Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad 1904

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

This Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad comes to us from a vintage 1904 Enterprise Manufacturing Company; Pflueger Lure and Reel Catalog. The May Bug spoon itself dates back into the 1800’s and can be fished bait casting as well as skittering. The May Bug has always been a favorite among Antique Lure Collectors.

The 1904 Pflueger Catalog Ad exclaims; Pfleuger’s May Bug Spinner All Metal, Painted True to life.  The body being separate from the wings, gives life like action to the bait when drawn through the water. One Size Only. 975 Luminous Price 4.00 Per Dozen , and 976 Non Luminous Price 3.15 Per Dozen
For Gimp Leaders, add $1.00 Net per Gross 

Packed- Sewed one on a Bronze Printed Card.

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad

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Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article 1918

Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article

This Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article was printed in 1918. The article proclaims and lays out in detail the evolution of its lures asserting it was the first, or the industry leader in the artificial minnow production. It lays out a time line for the production of the Pflueger Crystal Minnow, The Comstock Flying Helgramite, and the Pflueger Trory Minnow Lures.

    WOODEN MINNOWS

As there seems to be some action on at the present time on the part of sporting writers in showing up relics of the past in the fishing tackle line, especially as regards wooden minnows or plug baits, the Enterprise Mfg. Co. Akron Ohio, have for the convenience of such writers gotten out an illustrated circular, “The Origin and Evolution of the Wooden Minnow Business”.

    EA Pflueger, president of the company furnishes some interesting information concerning the origin and evolution of the Wooden Minnow. He says, “We made our first Plug bait in the year 1881 in the form of a hollow glass minnow mounted with single and treble books at the tail and spinner at the head. This was heavy enough to cast properly and the minnow being filled with a mirror substance, also our Luminous material made it very attractive and a good seller. Following the Glass Minnow we made other casting baits all of which could be termed plug baits in the following order Rubber Minnows, Phantom Minnows, Devon Minnows, Pearl Minnows, Metal Minnows. In the year I883, we put out the Comstock Wood Minnow, the body being made of wood with glass eyes and spinners mounted upon the side instead of at the head and tail according to present methods. In the year 1898 we were the first to place upon the market a wood minnow of the present day structure and have been continually manufacturing wood minnows and other forms of wooden baits ever since.”

 

Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article 1918 Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article 1918

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Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad 1904

Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad

This Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad is brought to you from 1904. The Ad itself is out of the 1904 Pflueger or Enterprise manufacturing Company from Akron Ohio. I’ve always loved this giant lure and had wished I had kept my example of this giant rubber minnow. The ad is a really a cool advertisement depicting the minnow in use.

Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow

The bottom caption reads: The above scene represents a fisherman in his movable “dark house” in the act of spearing fish through the ice, using a Decoy Minnow. The Decoy is painted true to life, and being weighted and balanced with a lead core it dances merrily by simply pulling on the line to which its tied. It furnishes great sport to those that indulge in this class of fishing.

Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad 1904 Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad 1904

 

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Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure

Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure

The Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure was first introduced around 1930. The Pflueger Lure company of Akron Ohio gave it model number 7000. This smallish lure has always been one of my favorite lures as it combines two of my favorite wooden lure features, a wooden tail and the use of no n traditional belly weights. The antique lure itself measures roughly 2 1/2″ to 2 3/4″ in length. The lure features glass eyes and a forward line tie at the front of the nose. The wooden lure features a fish shaped wooden tail and in btween the rear fin exits a reinforced tumbler or cup that the rear treble hook connects. The front hook is centered midway on the body of the lure and is secured by a surface type hardware. Looking at the Pakron the obvious difference in the lure is it uses haldf the head of the lre to make it dive deep and feast instead of a traditional belly weight.

Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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Pfleuger TNT Lure

Pfleuger TNT Lure

The Pfleuger TNT Lure is a series 6900. The metalized minnow lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique lure made by Pflueger of Akron Ohio, measures 3 1/4″ in length. It was available in roughly 6 Different colors. The lure features a deep diving lip in the notched mouth and painted eyes, when they are present. This is where the front single line tie is attached to the minnow. The lure has 2 trailing treble hooks, the front of which is attached via surface rig. The rear is attached via a crewed in wire loop.

Pfleuger TNT Lure Photo Gallery

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Pflueger Mustang Minnow Heavy Duty Lure

Pflueger Mustang Minnow Heavy Duty Lure

The Pflueger Mustang Minnow Heavy Duty Lure is the largest of the Mustang Minnow Lure series. This Pflueger of Akron Ohio antique fishing lure is a series model number 9500, and the color code is 46. This wooden, pressed eye, antique lure is 5″ in length. It dates from the early 1950’s and feature the heavy duty flasher plate mounted,or faceted to the top and bottom of the lure. The fishing lure has a scooped diving lip to get it down to the depths of its prey. It has 3 large treble hooks secured with heavy duty surface type hardware to secure and hold its prey it once it takes the bait. The Heavy Duty Mustang lure shown in the gallery is in a fishing called Eel, however the lure was offered in many different color scheme finishes. The Mustang is housed in its correct picturesque green canoe box correct marked for the lure.

Pflueger Mustang Minnow Heavy Duty Lure Photo Gallery

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Pflueger Helgramite Lure

Pflueger Helgramite Lure

The Pflueger Helgramite Lure shares its name partially with another more valuable brother inside the Pflueger antique lure lineup. Yes, the Flying Helgramite. The Pflueger Helgramite was originally named the Dobson. The Dobson lure dates back to roughly 1885. I say roughly as when were discussing things that are 130+ years old finding factual documented details becomes gray. The Dobson fly itself is a scientific name of the larvae of the, yes you guessed it, the flying helgramite. The Helgramite’s natural environment is water based, streams, larger pools found throughout America.

There is a cliche saying in Fly Fishing that is based in 100 percent truth when they say, “Match the Hatch”. So when discussing fishing and angling in the mid to late 1800’s, we are not discussing the way the majority fish today. We are talking about about fly fishing, skittering, and bobbing. Fly Fishing the definition is: Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. Skittering which is where the Helgramite fits in, is drawing or moving quickly the lure over the top of the water using a long pole. So, in the late 1800’s Mr. Pflueger is providing products to match the hatch, the angling era, and his local resources, to provide rubberized and luminous baits.

What do you mean using his local resources? I’ve been in the lure hobby for a long time and I’ve never heard anyone discuss the obvious reason Mr. Pflueger provided tons of rubber baits. With a little research about location one runs smack dab into another industrial giant. Akron Ohio in the 1870’s, we see another inventor, and the beginning of another industrial giant, B.F. Goodrich. The Excerpt below is taken from a 1905 copy of the Centennial History of summit county.

Pflueger Helgramite Lure

RUBBER INDUSTRY

The BF Good rich Company Akron is best known today as the world’s center for the rubber manufacturing industry. It is the chief of all our industries. It has more capital invested more hands employed larger factories and a larger value of output than any other line of manufacture in the city. Most of this growth has taken place in the last twelve years all of it since 1870 The origin of rubber working in Akron goes back to the advent of Dr BF Goodrich in our midst. The date is 1870 He was the original rubber man of Akron and without him there probably would have been no rubber industry here. In 1870 Dr BF Goodrich came from the East and associated himself with Colonel George T Perkins ,George W Crouse, and others of this city and started what was then known as BF Goodrich and Company the Akron Rubber Works. The business slowly grew and prospered until in 1880 a co partnership was formed and the business incorporated under the name of The BF […]

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Pflueger Globe Lure

Pflueger Globe Lure

The Pflueger Globe Lure is antique lure that seems to span a lot of time for Pflueger Enterprise Lure Company of Akron Ohio. The antique Pflueger Lure was introduced around 1910, and by some accounts even earlier. The lure was first seen with see through hardware. The globe lure bears a striking resemblance to Decker Rotary Head Lures. Later it moved to Neverfail hardware then on to surface rig hardware as shown in the gallery. The globe lure had 3 different models to choose from, this shown being the smallest. This lure the 3700 series number measures in at around 2 3/4″ in length.

The Pflueger Globe Lure featured a rotating head and the prop between the head and the body of the lure. The lure came in a few different color combinations over its life span of at least 60 years. So collectors and admirers of the Globe can enjoy collecting many different variations of hardware, size, style and color. The globe lure shown in the gallery below is housed in the correct Green Edge Pflueger canoe box. The box is correctly marked 3770 LUM Gold for the Luminous and Gold Spotted 2 3/4″ lure. Shown in the bottom of the box is a Pflueger Globe Lure Paper discussing the instructions for use and benefits. Lastly a smaller certificate about Pflueger and its use of the Luminous Paint. Luminous Paint was  Pflueger’s first Patent, and was for a paint applied to an artificial lure to make it glow in the night or dark.

Pflueger Globe Lure Gallery

Patent # 272,317 February 13, 1883

Be it known that I, Ernest F. Pflueger, of Akron, in the county of Summit and State of Ohio, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Artificial Fish Baits, of which the following is a specification.

My invention has relation to that class of artificial baits in which a gaudy, brilliant, or rapidly moving object is used to attract fish, so that they may be seized by a hook connected with such object.

….The material used should be in the form of a paint, and may be either self-luminous as phosphoric compounds or luminous by an inherent retentive powers, whereby after having been exposed to light it remains luminous for hours afterward. The substance which I prefer to employ is a paint composed of sulphide of calcium and a drying oil or varnish; but any other luminous or phosphorescent material or compound may be used.

Pflueger Patent for Luminous Paint Pflueger Patent for Luminous Paint

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Pflueger Magnet Lure with Box

Pflueger Magnet Lure

The Pflueger Magnet lure was a lure designed in the early to mid teens some records indicate 1916. This wooden antique Pflueger lure was a series 3600 and featured 3 treble hooks. The lure underwent 4 different modifications, between collar slop and hook hanger devices over its lifespan. The lure striking various similarities to South Bends Wood Pecker, and Shakespeare’s Surface Wonder, and Moonlights #1 Floating Bait.lures. The antique lure most found in Luminous and Red and White color Patterns was 4 1/4″ in length. Wayne Ruby’s Pflueger book does a great job a pointing out the different version features over time from the never fail hardware, to see through hardware, to surface hardware. One thing is clear this top water fished lure stood the test of time being produced close to 4 decades. The Magnet in the gallery is shown with the correct box and correct period

Pflueger Magnet Lure Gallery

 

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Pflueger Razem Lure

Pflueger Razem Lure

The Pflueger Razem Lure was a series 7496. The lure was first introduced in 1929 and was only around 6 years until 1935. Pflueger has been making rubberized minnow by over 50 years at this point.  This antique fishing lure had the best of all worlds for it combined a minnow with a prop and spoon. This lure was made from rubber and had a single aft affixed hook pointing to the side. The antique lure was available in a few different finishes.

Pflueger Razem Antique Lure Gallery

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Pflueger Pine Cone Scale Spinner Lure

Pflueger Pine Cone Scale Spinner Lure

The Pflueger Pine Cone Scale Spinner lure can date all the way back to the late 1800’s. One of the keys to Pflueger’s success (no pun intended) in the fishing lure arena has always been tied to its sale of metal spoons. A concept which was due to being a product of its day its age in the industry and its broad spectrum of uses. Most all, with the exception of a dozen or 2 lures made before 1900 were predominately metal. Yes there were other mediums, rubber, crystal, silk but the majority of major lure makers were using metal. People like Chapman, Buel, Mann, Loftie, Skinner, TH Bate to name a few, they all had deep ties to the early fishing industry and paved the way with different types of metal spinners and spoons from the plane flat and fluted blades to intricate works of revolving 3 dimensional art. So it would be only right for a company who got its first fishing related patent in 1883 to have some fine metal lures.

If one was to use an analogy akin to fine spirits, wood lures would be the beer, and metal lures can be drinking a fine scotch. Can you tell I’m a fan of metal lures? They get better with age. Now its time for a general service announcement. Please for the love of antiquities, do not polish metal lures. You can do with your antique lures as you like but if you ever would like to pass those on to a metal collector the patina is welcomed. I got off track there a bit, but this is a antique lure blog not a book. The lure shown below dates to around the turn of the century,and is a great example of what a Pine Cone or Scale Spinner is.

Pflueger Pine Cone Scale Gallery

 

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