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Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

The Shakespeare Evolution Lure was one of Shakespeare’s earliest lures being first introduced in in 1902. There were a few versions of the lure which also corresponded to a few different length measurements. Shakespeare in their first catalog made its lures almost out of opposing or different materials. Its Revolution and Worden Bucktail line up out of metal and its Sure Lure and Evolution out of rubber. The lure shown in the gallery is the second version having the straightened box swivel and the earliest having a floppy box swivel. Both versions having a forward and rear spinner to keep the lure straight upon retrieval. The Evolution lure featured two treble hooks coming off the pectoral or abdomen portion of the antique lure and the rear of the lure having one hanging off the tail. The lure was made of a painted rubber to look like a shiner minnow with eyes and two red gill marks.

In my 1916 Shakespeare Antique Lure Catalog they show it listed in 3 different sizes

No. 3GAE – Length of Body, 2 1/2″
No. 4GAE – Length of Body, 2 3/8″
No. 5GAE – Length of Body, 4″

Shakespeare lure collector and fellow NFLCC club member Dan Zemke added “In the later production years, it was named the “Shiner Minnow” and available in only one size, 2 3/8 inch, and one color, “shiner”, which is the color shown above. When ordering […]

2018-01-27T09:33:56+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

Many people are not aware of a Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team and a Antique Fishing Lure company relationship. Well its true, there is a tie in between Americas Favorite Past Times, Baseball and Fishing. Many years ago in doing my research for the Old Fishing Lure website I came across a Shakespeare Lure and Reel Company Sponsored a baseball team. There isn’t much information out there about for how long and it’s minor or major league affiliations, other than it was a sponsored team. Most people that know me know I love the weird things that go along with my collections as much as the lures themselves. While those items that come with a story elevate my interest and its place in my collection. One of the items I’ve enjoyed the most about this is 15 years ago I just happened upon this, a Shakespeare Honor Built Baseball Bat.

A recent visitor to the site stopped by and shared this awesome Shakespeare Team Baseball with me, so I thought I would add to the post and re-share the story. 

Shakespeare Baseball Shakespeare Baseball

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Bat

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

 Cleveland Indians Worl Series Champs 1920

Cleveland Indians 1920 Cleveland Indians 1920

What else you may ask do […]

2017-10-28T08:34:36+00:00 October 28th, 2017|1 Comment

Shakespeare Strike It Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Strike It

The Shakespeare Strike It minnow was made in 1930. This antique lure is a wooden glass eye jointed minnow. The lure having 2 segments with 2 treble hooks one attached to each side. The rear of the Strike antique lure is usually held on with the ball hanger hardware. The antique fishing lure is a series 6666 and is 3 3/4″ in length.

2017-09-19T10:17:25+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Shakespeare Strike It Minnow Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

by John Etchieson

 87 years ago in 1930 the Shakespeare Tackle Company introduced a very high quality enameled “Super Silk” fly line for trout fishing that they called the CADILLAC brand. This new fly line came packaged inside of an orange cardboard box with a checkerboard racing stripe that ran across the top left corner. That particular box design was used by the company between 1925 and 1936 for all of the firms fishing lines.

The design of the label for the card to which the CADILLAC fly line was attached was changed to a hang tag style label in 1935 and the line now came packaged inside of a celluloid two piece round box which also sat inside of the checkerboard box.

This new design and double packaging combination was produced for only two more years until 1937 when still another packaging design change was made for all of the company’s fishing lines. Thus, this particular tackle rarity shown here with the 1935 hang tag and the checkerboard box combination could only have been made in either 1935 or 1936 making it an even shorter lived example of the already rare and famous CADILLAC brand of fly fishing lines.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-09-05T12:01:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure

The Shakespeare Jacksmith lure was Series 6561. The wooden, pressed eye lure was first introduced in the 1930’s by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This antique fishing lure  measures 4 1/8″ in length.  It features 3 standard size treble hooks, the rear of which is held on by Shakespeare’s Ball Hanger. The antique fishing lure had a cupped face inset to body which there rested the lures single line tie. As shown in the gallery below the fishing lure featured a unique metal fin or keel underneath of it. This was done no doubt just like in a ship to keep the lures trajectory straight while being retrieved through the water.

There was also a smaller, and rather tough to find,  Jr version produced shown below, a model 6560, called  the Jacksmith Jr. While very similar to it’s bigger brother there are some differences. Most notably the removal of the keel, Im not sure if this was done as the smaller the size the less the wobble on retrieve or to save on cost and materials. The antique Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure was no doubt made to be similar to Heddon’s very successful Basser Lure, the Heddon 8500 series. The lure is most often found in the photo finish scheme.

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure Gallery

2017-09-02T13:56:04+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

The Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow is certainly a beauty to behold. It has all the qualities of a classic fishing lure. This wooden antique lure was produced in two different models a 3″, 3 Hook and a 4″ 5 Hook minnow. I was reading a 1904 issue of National Sportsman today and I ran across an add in the back of the magazine for one.

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

All the record catches in Kalamazoo lakes and rivers were made with this minnow in the 1903 season. Hooks guaranteed not to tangle. Fred D. Rhodes, 116 Bush Street Kalamazoo, Michigan

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad

 

“Collector Bill Sonnet dug up this great ad from the 1903 Kalamazoo City Directory”

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure 1903 Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure 1903

Fred D. Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure Patent Papers

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 777,488, dated December 13, 1904. Application filed Nove ber 2, 1903. Serial No. 179,521. (No model.)

T0 at whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRED D. Rnonns, a citizen of the United States, residing at the city of Kalamazoo, county of Kalamazoo, State of Michigan, have […]

2017-06-17T14:05:00+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

This Shakespeare Tarpalunge antique fishing lure is a model #6640. This jointed, wooden antique Shakespeare lure is circa 1930 and has two very large single hooks. This antique Shakespeare salt water fishing lure measures in at  5 3/4 inches in length. The lure was touted to hold over a 200 lb dead pull weight, that is a lot for those not familiar with the phrase. The rear single hook swings freely from a reinforced screw eye hanger while the front of single hook over sized lure is held by what I term a break free clasp.

The antique fishing lure was available in both pressed and glass eye antique lure versions and changed with the other lures as they transitioned. The antique lure shown is red head flitter in color scheme finish ,and is obviously geared towards big game, salt water species of fish such as the Tarpon. The lure came in a handful of different colors including the popular Shakespeare photo finish.

Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure Gallery

2017-04-03T19:59:50+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Shakespeare Tarpalunge Lure

Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

The Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure was released somewhere in the late 1920’s. This unique bulbous or light bulb shaped wooden antique fishing lure was a model number 6555. Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan only made this fishing lure for less than a half a dozen years and it was gone in the early 1930’s, and is really rather scarce to come by. The lure made of wood measured 2 5/8″ in length and used two trebles. Lik emany of the late 1920’s lures you can find the Waukazoo with the treble hanging from the rear ball hanger. You will also find it with a screw eye type hanger towards the end of the run.

The lure was made to be fished top water for your standard game fish such as the large mouth bass. The lure features a marked front spinner that can also be found in a few versions from the pointed end found on most of the underwater minnow series lure, to the rounded end style that appeared on the early Revolutions or Worden Buck Tail Spinners. One of the tell tale features of this vintage lure is the bottom keel extending out from the larger portion of the lure, in front of the belly treble.

The Shakespeare Waukazoo Lure was only made in a few colors; Grey as shown below in the gallery, Frog Spot, Red Head White Body are a couple finishes you might find.

Shakespeare […]

2017-04-12T08:00:38+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Shakespeare Waukazoo Surface Lure

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure

The Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure is a series model number 6535. The antique fishing lure is Circa late 1930s to 1940 for a time frame. The Kingfish Wobbler minnow is 5″ in length made of wood and has pressed painted eyes. The lure has a distinctive keel underneath and is a single piece lure with three trailing treble hooks.

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Another distinctive feature of this antique lure is the metal flash plate on the top of the lure. This unmarked flasher plate running from just behind the eyes to the center of the lure aligned with the back section of the lower keel. The lure has a diving plane recessed into its lip which is held to it with a dual purpose line tie screw.  The diving lip plate is Marked Shakespeare as with most lures from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The lure can be found in a array of colors that were typical of Shakespeare to use on this era of lures.

Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-12-13T08:26:46+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kingfish Wobbler Lure

Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Rhodes Mechanical Frog

The Rhodes Mechanical Frog lure in the correct wooden box combines 2 different things that antique lure collectors get excited about. First off, a wood box lure, who doesn’t like just the sound of that. This antique lure box shows the printed images clearly, and shows the patent date of October 31, 1905 and a second date of July 3rd, 1906 on the end label of the box. It also give you a glimpse in the world of a 100 or century old lure marketing and cataloging with a No. 3 GWF model.

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On the front on the wood box it exclaims; Always Alive, Always Kicking, Never Tires Never Dies.

Secondly in the Combos a great antique frog lure. The Shakespeare Rhodes frog is a early 1900’s rubber frog antique lure that when the line tie is pulled the legs kick. For every good one out there there’s 10 that the legs are broke and unfortunately that’s just the nature of early rubber and fishing lures, time is not on their side. The lure itself dates to around 1909 or before. Shakespeare purchased the rights to this lure from Rhodes. The lure is 3 1/4 inches and can also be found in a cardboard gray picture box. The lure has a weighted abdomen, one forward double hook, and two rear single hooks attached via […]

2016-12-13T08:28:15+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure

Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure

The Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure is one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures. This lure is very similar to the Heddon 175 Heavy Casting Minnow lure. The lure is a 3T or 3 Hook underwater minnow made of wood with glass eyes to props both fore and aft. This lure has a single centered belly weight to get down deeper than a surface minnow lure.

The Lure dates way back to 1909 and like the 175, is just like the Shakespeare 44, only with 3 hooks. The 43 however being harder to find if comparing the two manufacturers Heddon and Shakespeare. The lure shown below in the Gallery is a beauty, it’s in the Shakespeare Rainbow color finish, B notched props, flat plate hook hardware. The antique lure adorn with 3 giant sweeping hand painted gill marks. This antique lure is certainly worthy of any antique fishing lure collection.

Shakespeare 43 Lure Gallery

2016-11-10T19:32:37+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare 43 Underwater Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930’s or early 1940’s. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn’t change from year to year and I didn’t have a late 30’s to rule it out. The model number its given in the catalog is a 6579. These little wooden pressed eye fly rod sized gems are not very easy at all to come by, or easy to put a collection together of. The lure is in the exact shape as its two larger sized brothers, has a line tie on the forehead and a single size 4 double hook.

 

The ad from the 1940 Shakespeare Antique Lure Catalog state: Fisherman wanted it so here it is….a fly rod size swimming mouse. Like it’s fish getting ancestors it brings home the fish. Weight 1/10oz Length of Body: 1 2/8″ inch No. 4 Double Hook. Six Assorted patterns on display card. BW – F – G – S – WR – YR”

BW – Black and White (As Shown in the Gallery)
F – Frog
G – Gray
S – Spotted
WR – White and Red
YR – Yellow and Red

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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2016-12-13T08:55:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow

Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow

The Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow lure was first introduced around 1934. The antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan was given a model series number 6510. This wooden lure tried to meld the body of a underwater minnow with that of a more tradition SOS or swims on side lure. This Shakespeare antique lure measure 4 1/8″ in length. The lure has both a front and rear stamped propellers on each end of a screw eye, and had three treble hooks. The bait would last for less than a decade and the Shakespeare antique lure line up.

The lure was cataloged in six different finishes:

BG: Black Back, Tan and Gold Sides, Vertical Side Stripes, White Belly *
F: Frog Green Spotted
GRW: Green Back, Bright Red Side Stripe, White Belly *
GYS: Green Back, Golden Yellow SIdes, White Belly *
SF: Silver Flitter, Narrow Green Back, White Belly *
WR: White and Red

* : Scale Finish (Photo)

The 1936 Shakespeare Bait Company Catalog States: 

This new crippled minnow surface bait is designed to ride on the surface with approximately one half of the front and rear spinners above the surface of the water. When retrieved by ordinary reeling the bait produces a very attractive wake in the water and when used with short sharp jerks, produces a splashing, sputtering commotion on the surface, which makes the bait ideal […]

2016-10-16T08:38:45+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Nu Crip Minnow

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

This Shakespeare Antique lure Ad 1906 was taken from “The Evening Star” newspaper and shows us the New addition of the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog to its Artificial bait arsenal. The ad illustrates the Shakespeare Revolution, The Shakespeare Wooden Minnow and the Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog.

Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

To Anglers in every part of the United States and Canada, I offer Free a beautiful $10 outfit of Famous Shakespeare Rods, Reels and Baits that Catch Fish.

I was every Angler to know of the exquisitely fine qualities of the Shakespeare Hand made Rod and Reels and the wonderfully successful Baits that Catch Fish. Without question the three most successful baits in the World today are the Shakespeare Revolution Bait, the Shakespeare Wooden Minnow and the New Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog. Game fish strike these baits savagely when the live bait utterly fail to tempt them.

Bass have been seen to rush a distance of more then 50 feet to attack these baits and many cases are reported of two large fish being landed at a single cast. In deep or shallow water, whether trolling or casting, fish actually take these baits more readily than live bait. They have repeatedly taken better and larger strings of fish than live frogs or minnows when used at the same time and place.

Two anglers with the New Rhodes Mechanical Swimming Frog in 4 hours […]

2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Antique Lure Ad 1906

Shakespeare Sure Lure

Shakespeare Sure Lure

The Shakespeare Sure Lure was one of the companies first and primary baits. The Sure lure was introduced in 1902. This antique fishing lure was comprised of a molded rubber composite. The antique lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo, Michigan measures 2 3/4 in length. This antique fishing lure is said to be fished top water utilizing its designed weedless properties. The Sure Lure has a unique style and shaped front prop to keep its course while being retrieved.  The lure has a single treble hook following the painted rubber fishing device to secure it’s catch. The rubber didn’t wear gently or gracefully and succumb to father time making very brittle to handle. 

At 114 years old I could only hope to look half as good myself. The antique fishing lure is shown housed in its correct Shakespeare Black Picture Box. The box proclaims next to the lure photo “This Bait is Almost a Sure Thing for Bass, Pike, Pickerel and All Game Fish”.

The Shakespeare Baits That Catch Fish

The three distinct styles of baits shown in the following pages are each totally different from the others, yet when used with
judgment they are the most successful baits ever made.
With these baits it is safe to guarantee success in fishing where the angler follows the directions given.
The Shakespeare “Sure Lure” weedless bait is used in water where weeds are near
and on the surface. It is almost invariably successful when cast or trolled through
the […]

2016-09-26T13:36:22+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Sure Lure

Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring

Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring

This Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring is a great example of one of those add on pieces we can all add to our collection. The fringe pieces that say have no reel (bad Pun) place on any shelf but can add depth and novelty to your antique lure or reel collection. Throughout the years I’ve come across things such as pins, pens, employee handbooks, special lures that were given to employees for either time in service or merit based. This ring almost reminds me of an old class ring.

“Leadership, Quality, Integrity” the ring has etched on the side with a montage of rods, and reels and what appears to be a fish.

Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring

2016-08-29T18:32:58+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Bait Company Service Ring

Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure

Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure

This Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1934. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They assigned it a model series number 6540. This wooden pressed eye lure is essentially as Shakespeare 33 underwater minnow lure. This wooden fishing lure measures 3″ in length and only has a forward propeller. This antique lure employs the use of an internal belly weight to help bring it down and counteract the wood’s natural buoyancy. The Rhodes Torpedo has three treble hooks to snag it and keep its catch.

The underwater minnow is shown in a period color finish that was used in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-27T10:32:56+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Rhodes Torpedo Lure

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

The Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure was first introduced around 1924. This model 972 made by the Shakespeare Bait Company, of Kalamazoo, Michigan measures 5″ in length. This antique spinning lure came with a front fluted spinner attached to the shaft of the rig. The lure has the traditional red paint on the back half of the spoon, and is labeled on the front. The lure was followed by a 3 prong dressed and bound stacked deer hair tail. The stacked deer hair was woven or held together over the shafts (Sometimes referred to as the bug) of the hooks leaving the tip shank open, or exposed. This antique lure setup was available in three different sizes, Bass, Pike and Muskie, and larger game fish.

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-19T23:58:16+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

The Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly lure was first introduced in the 1934 Shakespeare. A copy of the lure catalog ad by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan is shown below. I apologize for the quality but it was the best I could present. This small wooden antique fly lure measures 1 3/4″ in length. The fly lure, a model No. 6377 bears a resemblance to a South Bend Trout Oreno. The antique fly had a front line line and a tapered cigar shape, and used s No. 4 size double hook to secures its catch. As we had seen with other major antique lure manufactures such as Creek Chub, and Heddon, and South Bend from the mid 1920’s to the 1930’s the tried to use smaller almost pan fish size or type fishing lures for fly casting. The Shakespeare Bait company did not quite have the vast wooden lure selection of the other three aforementioned makers, however, it also made a substantial effort in the Dry Fly market. Designed to cast with a fly this Midget Oregon lure would sometimes have a lead weight added to the front of the line to get the cast out farther. Obviously this lure was made to be used for a mid weight set up. The lure would evolve over its short period or life span and

I would also like to add a side note, the lure article below states it […]

2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot

The Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot lure is quite a beauty. I did a post prior on the earliest version of Worden Bucktail Spinner lures, however I thought Id add this asa well to show a different version. This version of the antique lure is a later one. You’ll notice the more bullet like shape body and more of a pointed prop on both the front and rear of the antique lure. I’ve included below a few pages from the early Shakespeare Art of Bait Casting series catalogs to enjoy.

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot Photo Gallery

The Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Spinner is used in the same manner as the Revolution and is equally successful having repeatedly demonstrated that a larger and better string of fish could be caught with it than with live minnows and frogs when used at the same time and place.

For casting and trolling it is a most successful bait and has a record of 104 bass in one day’s fishing. When a fish will not take the Bucktail Spinner nothing but Sure Lure or Evolution bait can tempt him. No one need hesitate to tie to the Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Spinner for it is a sure winner and a most successful bait.

1902 Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Catalog 1902 Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Catalog

A Bait Caster who faithfully uses these baits as suggested in How to Catch […]

2016-08-09T12:48:59+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Yellow Spot

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure

The Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1925. This antique fishing lure made by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a series number 721. This wooden minnow was another in Shakespeare’s attempts to create a Salt Water bait casting minnow. The lure was very short-lived and is rather tough to come by. This antique lure measures 3″ in length, and is a bit wider than the sea witch which came out a few years later. The lure has glass eyes and a distinctive inverted 90 degree angle chin or cut away. The has a heavy-duty forward line tie and two treble hooks to catch its prey.

The lure was available in a small amount of colors such as the salt water flitter below. You notice the cup rigging is set between 2 belly weights. Finding one in decent shape can be a challenge as well.

Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-23T12:53:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Sardinia Salt Water Minnow

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure

The Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure was introduced around the mid 00’s. The lure appears in the 1907 Shakespeare Antique Fishing Lure catalog. The lure was given a series number 33 as it was for most of its standard 3 hook minnow lures.

The Kazoo, is one of my favorite lures and I’m really not sure why. It’s the economy line, such as the Pflueger Competitor series. The paint isnt quite the same quality as the other minnows and has small red chin blush instead of the normal painted gills. There are no fancy bells or whistles on this antique wooden lure. The lure was first offered with very tiny small glass eyes, then it would be offered with a washer style eye. The lure features wire through hook hardware with the wire tied off in a loop on each side. The lure featured Rhodes style propellers attached via the longer brass screw eye inset into each end. The lure has the three treble hooks one on each side and one at the aft of the lure.

This antique Shakespeare lure only came in two colors, the green shown in the gallery below and a red back white belly as listed in the catalog excerpt below.

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad 1907 Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

The Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure is part of the foundation of the antique fishing lure company. This lure was available in 1902 and was advertised in the early Shakespeare of Kalamazoo catalogs such as “The Art of Bait Casting”, “How to Catch Bass”, and “Finer Points of Fishing Tackle”. This hollow metal fishing lure was advertised to measure 6″ in length, has 3 over sized treble hooks attached via split ring to secure its catch. This Musky Revolution fishing lure features two propellers one on the front the other between the main body and the rear lure section. This antique lure features a fixed front line tie and notched props and is likely a later version around 1909/1910. The earliest came in Black boxes showing a photo of the antique lure on the cover.

Shakespeare Musky Revolution 1902 Catalog Shakespeare Musky Revolution 1902 Catalog

The Baits That Catch Fish

The Shakespeare Revolution bait is a surface bait and is used in casting or trolling in water from three to ten feet deep and just outside the weeds and lily ponds and rushes.

Last season this bait caught literally tons of fish and anglers who never before could catch fish landed big strings of bass it being no uncommon thing to catch one hundred bass in one day.

In the water it struggles as if alive and […]

2016-07-06T13:39:16+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Musky Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure

The Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure was introduced around 1930. This antique fishing lure was Shakespeare’s lower end line up which was labeled under the Jim Dandy name. The Spoonbill Wobbler fishing lure used a large wooden lip instead of a traditional metal dive plane. The lure featured glass eyes and a single line tie mounted to the elongated diving lip. The antique lure measured 3 3/” in length and had two treble hooks both attached via screw eye hook hangers. The lure was in a handful of color scheme finishes which were simple in nature or patter.

Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-24T13:03:31+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jim Dandy Spoonbill Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

The Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1940. The lure was very short lived, and from what I can see never was actually in the Shakespeare Reel and Fishing Lure Catalog. This wooden antique fishing lure measures in at 6″ in length. The lure features the same facial and body features as the Egyptian Wobbler series with a slanted forehead and elongated sloping nose and pressed eye. The Bass Wobbler has a rather small scripted diving lip in comparison to the size of the head. The lure has two over sized treble hooks one forward of the belly keel and the other attached via screw eye at the aft of the fishing lure. The lure came in a few period or era colors that I have seen, but know in any color the lure is not common.

Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-29T08:37:21+00:00 June 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Striped Bass Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure

Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure

The Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company From Kalamazoo, Michigan assigned it, Model series number 6638. This antique fishing lure is wooden, only ever came with painted pressed eyes and measures in at 3 5/8″ inches in length. This is the smaller brother to the full size version and is a lot harder to find. The lure continues with the wooden fish shaped tail and sloped fore head indicative to the tantalizer antique lure line up.The lure has a marked lip that is held on by the front line tie. The lure has a bottom painted metal keel and two treble hooks to secure its catch when caught. This antique fishing lure was available in a half dozen or less colors through it time in the lure line up.

Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-18T13:14:45+00:00 June 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure

Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure

Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure

The Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure was introduced in the antique lure catalogs in 1928. This lure made by the Shakespeare bait company of Kalamazoo Michigan was a model series number 133. This wooden fishing lure measures 3 3/4″ inches in length. If you will notice this salt water lure feature small glass eyes and a wooden fish shaped tail. The lure has a large loop front line tie, and two treble hooks, one secured via cup rig and the other by the rear screw eye hardware. On the underside of the lure just forward of the cup rig the antique lure has two belly weights inset to help it dive. The glass eyed Sea Witch shown is a lot harder to find than the pressed eye and was only made a few years. The lure can be found in less than a half dozen different color scheme paint finishes.

Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-17T22:33:06+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Sea Witch Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad 1907

Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad

Here’s is Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad from 1907. These ads were for the Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow, an economy minnow for their line up. Very similar to fellow lure make giant Pflueger’s Competitor Minnows. Shakespeare advertises the different minnow quality variations in the 1907 catalog. The first version of the Kazoo Minnow Lure having tiny glass eyes, and the later having the Brass washer and tack eye. The lures had a staple rig, and can be found in two colors. Green and White and a Orange’ish Red Red backed version. The Kazoo Minnow Lures had 3 different hook variations shown below as well. A 5 Hook Underwater Minnow, A 3 hook underwater minnow, and a 2 Hook (belly) Underwater Minnow.

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2016-10-26T11:41:12+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kazoo Minnow Lure Ad 1907

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure

The Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure was first introduced in 1940. The Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan gave this lure the model series number 6509. This wooden fishing fishing lure measures in at 3 3/4″ in length. This lure kinda stays within the same theme we see Shakespeare go with in the 1930’s.

The lure features a wooden tail an essentially is just a un-jointed Tantalizer fishing lure. The lure however was only made with the wooden pressed eyes. The lure features the same under painted keel fin. The antique lure has a notched mouth where the scripted dive plate is affixed using the forward line tie. This antique fishing lure features two treble hooks to secure it prey , one is forward of the keel the other is attached via screw eye in the center of the tail fin. The lure was available in a myriad color scheme finishes and came in the collector favorite photo finishes as well as some of the standard like yellow perch and Strawberry Spot as shown in the antique lure gallery below.

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure Photo Gallery

Shakespeare Fisher Bait Photo Finish Lure Gallery

2016-07-27T18:01:58+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Fisher Bait Lure

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure

The Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure was first advertised in 1908. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan model series number 41. This wooden glass eyed antique lure measures 3 1/4″ inches in length. The Floating Bait lure shape would wide at the top rounded edge tapering towards the belly, an upside down pyramid of sorts if you will. Shakespeare would be the lead maker on this one, although they would fail to nail down market share. Heddon would take Shakespeare’s idea and run with it and in 1910 create its own floating minnow the 800-900-850 series and create a campaign out of it, named “It Swims”. The fishing lure had a forward line tie, a single double hook which would attach to a post in the cent of the lure, and a rear treble attached via a wire loop screw. The antique Shakespeare lure was only made for a handful of years and in a similar small amount of paint scheme colors. You can see the Floating Minnow in my 1916 Catalog Ad. Besides the Fancy Spotted Color shown in the gallery below, you can find the Shakespeare Floating Minnow in the following colors:

No. 41 – Length of Body 3 3/8″ inches, one double belly hook, one treble tail hook
No. 41SRF – Solid Red in Color
No. 41SWF – Solid White in Color
No. 41 SYF – Solid Yellow in Color
No. 41 FBF – Imitation Frog Color

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2016-07-20T19:25:26+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure

Shakespeare Mermaid Lure

Shakespeare Mermaid Lure

The Shakespeare Mermaid Lure was first introduced around 1915. The lure was Shakespeare of Kalamazoo series numbers 582 and 583. This wooden, no eyed fishing lure however did not start its life with the Shakespeare Bait Company. The lure was made by Thomas McCormic who just happened to also resided in Kalamazoo. The say that growth of Companies comes through ideas and innovations, however in the fishing lure industry sometimes the old saying that imitation is the dearest form of flattery held true. To imitate the success of other competitors lures companies would make things similar or the would by the patent rights, or in this case the whole company. This buying of companies to get to certain lure and reel or paint finish patents still affects us even today in every day life.

The Mermaid was available in roughly a half dozen finishes over it’s life besides the Red and White shown in the antique lure gallery below. This distinctive shaped wooden lure had a hole in the front mouth area.  The hole, although it held the front small leader and line tie went through the lure and out the top of the antique lure through another hole, as almost to mimic a dolphin or whale. The lure was available in two different sizes the first was 3 1/4″ in length and corresponded to the Model number 582, and 3 5/8″ and corresponded to the Model Number 583. The Mermaid had […]

2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Mermaid Lure

Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure

Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure

The Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure is a series 6535. This antique wooden lure was first introduced by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo around 1925. This antique fishing lure was a multi segmented wooden fishing lure that measured 4 1/4″ in length. The lure had some resemblance of a shrimp in its curvature of the two segments but it never really gives rise to a true rendition of a typical shrimp. The Shrimp lure features a treble on each of the two segments to secure its catch, the front being held on by the use of a cup rig, and the rear using just a looped screw eye.

The Darting Shrimp utilizes a belly weight in each of the two sections to make it dive deeper faster. The Darting Shrimp had typical glass eyes and a forward line tie of its front end positioned in the center of a forked or notched mouth. The antique fishing lure would wobble upon retrieval the back section moving independently on a staple rig. The antique shrimp fishing lure came painted in roughly a half dozen colors scheme patterns some salt water patterns some fresh. Condition seem to always been a problem when you find these, or at least is when I do, so to find them in perfect unadulterated condition unaffected by age or humidity is one to enjoy. The lure can be found housed in the typical period type Shakespeare […]

2017-08-01T08:08:27+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Darting Shrimp Lure

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad 1922

Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad

This Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad comes to us from what I believe is a 1922 Shakespeare Lure Catalog. I say what I believe is, as it says Catalog #20 in it, and knowing Shakespeare printed its first catalog in 1902 Im just making the assumption. However, the lures in it date it to 1917. Either way we get to see a lure not highlighted, found or shared often, the Shakespeare Floating Bait. The Floating Bait was fashioned in the shape and design of the Heddon 900 series lure.

Shakespeare “Favorite” Floating Bait

This is absolutely a surface floating bait with a hook arrangement that is right. The belly hook is held in position by a small pin, and the tail hook gets the strikes from behind. The shape of the body makes the bait ride properly in the water.

No. 41 – Length of Body 3 3/8″ inches, one double belly hook, one treble tail hook

No. 41SRF – Solid Red in Color
No. 41SWF – Solid White in Color
No. 41 SYF – Solid Yellow in Color
No. 41 FBF – Imitation Frog Color

Preice Per Dozen $6.00 Each .50 Cents

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2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Floating Bait Lure Ad 1922

Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure

Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure

The Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure came along in the Shakespeare lure catalog in around 1910. The antique lure was given a model series number 35 and 45 by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo Michigan. The model numbers were based on size of the lure, the smaller being 2 7/8″ in length, and the other 3 1/8″ in length respectively. This antique, no eyed, wooden lure is made in the rotary head style of baits. Around this timeline or time frame many companies were sticking their proverbial toes in the water to copy, or mimic each other and make a version of a successful selling lure.  Shakespeare had already been selling the Revolutions, but Mills, Hinkley, Decker, Donaly were are about to come on line or already had with their own version. Using the see through hook hanger hardware it has 2 trebles attached at the body, and a third trailing treble attached via screw eye loop at the rear of the Floating Spinner lure. The antique lure was only ever available in four color finishes over its line span in the Shakespeare lure catalog line up. They were; White Body with Red Head, Solid Yellow with Gold Dots, Solid White with Gold Dots, Solid White with Variegated Dots.

Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure Photo Gallery

2016-05-10T00:04:28+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Floating Spinner Lure

Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916

Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916

Magazines containing things like this Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article from Recreation Vol 54-55 magazine in 1916 are great. Being able to uncover history’s shroud as it pertains to Antique Fishing lures and their makers is great. It was prior though by many reference materials and books that the Shakespeare Hydroplane lure came out in 1920. However, we are able to read about in it an Editorial written in 1916, thus being able to get closer to providing the real story behind the Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr shown in the prior article. A lot of our reference or reading material was published prior to the advent of the internet or a plethora of items being digitized for use in our Antique Lure research. So its easy to understand why things may be close but not completely correct.

Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916

One of the first bait casting lures placed on the market for use with the short rod having been a Shakespeare, it is not surprising to learn that one of the newest of these lures called the “Hydroplane” is meeting with much favor. Although of the familiar imitation minnow type and made to float when at rest on the water and dive when rccled or trolled, like so many others of the modern school, it has an individuality of its own which seems attractive to anglers as well as to bass and pickerel. It […]

2016-10-26T11:41:18+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Hydroplane Antique Lure Article 1916

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

In this Great Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 we see the Advertisement for not only the Worden Bucktail, but the Revolution.

SHAKESPEARE BAITS
The Shakespeare Revolution Spinner
The Shakespeare Bucktail Spinner

The Revolution Bait. A new departure in Fishing. Made entirely of Aluminum with First Quality Treble Hooks attached with Rings. It catches fish. It catches more and larger fish than live Bait when used at the same time and place. Adapted for trolling, casting and splashing. It does away with the troublesome task of catching live before going fishing. The peculiar construction of the revolving blades allows the bait to be drawn through rushes and weeds without snagging the hooks. It is particularly good bait for bass, pickerel, muskalonge, and every fish that takes a live bait.

Instructions to Fishermen

Trolling. – Attach the Revolution Bait to a line and troll close to the edge of the rushes and lily pads, and just between deep and shallow water. In the morning evening and after dark is the best time for trolling.

Bait Casting.- Use a short Rod from 5 to 7 feet long a fine smooth line and a free running quadruple reel. Wind the line until the bait is close to the rod then the bait from 50 to 75 feet from the boat, allowing the reel to run free. Keep your boat in deep water and […]

2016-10-26T11:41:18+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

Shakespeare Jerkin Lure

Shakespeare Jerkin Lure

The Shakespeare Jerkin Lure was first introduced in 1940. The antique lure is Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan lure model series number 6567. The lure is defiantly try to piggy back or recreate the success of the Creek Chub Darter and Heddon Zara fishing lure. This wooden pressed eye lure is 4″ in length, with a sloping face and notched mouth. The lures line facet featuring tie is just above the mouth opening, of the slope or forehead of the fishing lure.

The antique fishing lure features three treble hooks attached via cup rig. In the late 1940’s the Jerkin was available with a spinner attached to the rear of the fishing lure, almost exactly lie the spinning Darter. You’ll not that which ever manufacture you choose, they all will follow up with a model of their own of any of their competitors successful fishing lures or ideas. The lure was made in a array of colors including the popular photo finish color scheme.

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2016-07-06T15:45:16+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Jerkin Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure

The Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure is seen first around 1928. This wooden, glass eyed, antique lure is Shakespeare’s series number 6637. This Kalamazoo Michigan lure is 4″ in length and features a curved or slanted face. The lure has two belly hooks one off center and the other trailing from the aft section of the bait. The lure here is shown with the correct antique lure box and hang tag marked 6637 RW, Red and White. Also of importance is you’ll note the rear ball hanger type hardware making this one of the first versions before the switched to using just a screw eye. The front mouth holds the diving plane and the front line tie which acts as an anchor as well as a line tie. The lure was available in the standard 1930’s type finishes including the collector favorite photo finishes.

Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-29T15:48:42+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Kazoo Wobbler Lure

Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure

Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure

The Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure was a short lived lure by most standards, only haven been offered for roughly 5 years. The antique lure was a series 709, and was thought first appeared in 1920. I have recently uncovered an article talking about it from Recreation 1916, so I guess we can say the books may have missed the mark. Its so easy to do as a lot of our reference or reading material was along prior to the advent of the internet or a plethora of items being digitized for our research. The lure was offered in a few different sizes and hook configurations. The lure was found in 8 different finishes as noted below the gallery. The lure was simple in structure having no eyes, a forward line tie, and underneath it a painted diving lip that would allow it to become a subsurface lure upon retrieval. The lure did have different hook configurations however most common is the faceted screw eye affixed treble at the mid and a trailing treble at the aft of the lure. The lure is found in a gray Shakespeare “Baits that catch fish box”. The larger version of the Hydroplane lure is often mistaken often as a Coldwater Lure, the Helldiver model as they are very similar in stature at first glance.

Although Shown in Red in the Lure Gallery above there were 7 additional finishes for a total of 8:
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2016-06-19T02:23:51+00:00 April 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Hydroplane Jr Lure

Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure

Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure

The Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure is a really cool lure. This lure is a series model 6529, and was first introduced in 1931. The antique lure is made for salt water fishing, thus having a heavy duty forward line tie that runs the length of the lure. This wooden glass eyed antique fishing lure is 2 7/8″ in length and is made in a S curve type shape. The antique lure has its lead weights up un the forward part of the lure near the eye. The often are found in poor condition, as salt water fishing is much more harsh on a lures finish than fresh water even in casual use. Even its cool shape accelerates its own demise due to the weak points in its curves as the wood naturally shrinks and expands with the environment. The Barnacle Bill can be found in a assortment of colors including Rainbow, Spotted, Red Head Flitter, Gold and Black Flitter, Silver and Black Flitter.

Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure Gallery

2016-06-19T02:11:33+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Barnacle Bill Lure

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution

This item the Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution lure is part of one of the sets of metal lures that are iconic foundation Shakespeare lures. The Revolution lures in line symbolizes early Shakespeare. Circa 1903, this is the earlier model. You can tell by the rounded aft section and the “Mickey Mouse Props”. The later having the more bullet shaped rear of the lure. The antique lure is approximately 2″ in length, and has the identifying dressed treble at the rear of the lure. For a period of time in the early 1900’s this lure was sold by Shakespeare, but was made by Mr. Worden of the Specialty Manufacturing Company, which was the earliest predecessor to South Bend Bait Company.

Early articles and ads are not only keys to unlocking the history of the lure, they play a key part in understanding time or industry references.

Take for example this article about the use of deer hair on lures. The author of the antique fishing lure article finds the usage and correlation between fishing and deer almost amusing. The only thing that is not amusing is the old paper doesn’t scan well to provide a better image, but the ad states:

In the matter of new and original lures for taking of game fish there has been advancement. Every sort of device from which closely resemble some small insect or minnow to those which resemble […]

2016-10-26T11:41:22+00:00 March 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Revolution Lure

Shakespeare Pop I Lure

Shakespeare Pop I Lure

The Shakespeare Pop I lure was a series model number 6574, and created by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This painted eye, wooden lure, was Shakespeare’s answer to a segment of fisherman wanting to emulate one of natures greatest food supplies for sports fish, the frog. The antique lure was circa 1938, and was 3 5/8″ in length with 2 trailing treble hooks.

The Shakespeare Pop I fishing lure was said to have been a direct competitor to the Creek Chub Plunker lure. The 6574, is the skinniest of the 2 that were offered during that period of time. Shakespeare also offered a 6575 that was a more stocky and beefier version.

Shakespeare Pop I Lure Series 6574

Shakespeare Pop I Series 6575

2017-06-14T10:15:09+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Pop I Lure

New Winner Wood Minnow Lure

New Winner Wood Minnow

The New Winner Wood Minnow was a product offered by Sears Roebuck and Company. This beautiful example is housed in a standard wood box with a railed or channeled slide type. Through out the fishing industry we see once again wholesalers, and jobbers, taking the product of another manufacturer and either adding their own touch or just repackaging the initial product. Big trade houses, Sears, Montgomery Ward, HSBC and others were locked into the century long “department store wars” each trying to offer everything under the sun a consumer could want at the lowest possible price. This would allow a consumer a one stop shop from everything from baseball gear to clothes and household items. Try looking through a catalog from 1915 vs 2015 for a comparison. The fishing lure companies at the time would benefit by increased volume sales and recognition, but at a cost to move volume usually at a lower margin. Selling to jobber companies was not about what was best for the consumer, it was what was the cheapest, sounds like Walmart of today.

This version or New Winner was Shakespeare Bait Company. The antique fishing lure housed inside this slide top wooden box is a Rhodes or Shakespeare 33 underwater minnow lure. The antique lure has 3 treble hooks, 2 of which are attached to the lure with Shakespeare’s flat plate hardware and unmarked front and rear props. This wooden antique lure with glass eyes […]

2016-06-18T03:03:58+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Comments Off on New Winner Wood Minnow Lure

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure

This Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper antique fishing lure has always been one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures of its period. The antique lure itself was first introduced into the Shakespeare antique lure line up around 1927. The Plopper would become Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan’s model series number 6511. This wooden, glass eyed, antique lure measures in at 3 3/4″ inches in length. The 711 Plopper came with two standard size treble hooks, the forward most being used in conjunction with the cup rig hardware, and the rear utilizing a traditional screw eye type.

I’m not sure if its the carved fish tail, or the slanted glass eye adorned face that gives its appeal. This Shakespeare fishing lure came in a host of paint scheme color finishes for the period, the standards (Red and White, Black) plus the photo type finishes that were the A typical of this time for the Shakespeare Bait Company. The antique lure is shown here in the correct end labeled antique lure box with the correct period or era hang tag making it a complete package.

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Antique Lure Gallery

2017-06-14T09:58:22+00:00 March 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot