Heddon Vamp Lure
The Heddon Vamp Lure is a series 7500 and measures 4 1/2″ in length. This antique lure was first produced in 1920, and from then on was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son fishing lure lineup for over 50 years. The antique fishing lure was made in a wide array of era specific colors and shades. During its time its seen body shapes vary from tapered to thin to fat.
The Vamp Lure was made from various materials wood as well as plastic. Through its lifespan the antique lure saw hardware configuration changes from the L rig, to Toilet Seat, and on to 2 Piece flap rig, and finally after 1948 they moved to surface rig. The fishing lure itself over time saw changes in its eyes from glass eyes, zinc eyes, tack nail eyes and finally painted eyes. Dependent on era the Vamp Lure even saw changes in the diving lip and was even available for a short time via special order without the lip. The antique Heddon Lure could be found housed in both down and up leaping bass boxes, brush boxes, banner, and even later cello boxes or window boxes.
Below I’ve only touched the surface on the variations of the wooden Heddon Vamp Lure. I will continue to add to this page as I pull more files out of my database, so book mark it and stop by often.
Here is a showcase of a good friend of mines collection of Vamps
Some of the Colors Shown below in the gallery have following numbers on the end of the boxes.
M Pike Scale
YG Yellow and Gold Spot
YB Yellow and Black
D Green Scale
P Shiner Scale
00 Fancy Green Crackle Back
S Strawberry Spot
PAS Allen Stripey
J Frog Scale
RH Red Head Flitter
RET Red Eye and Tail
Z Rainbow Scale
L Perch Scale Finish
The Heddon Vamp Lure Hardware Gallery shows some of the various hook hardware configurations used, Bar and Toilet not Shown.
The Heddon Vamp Lure Color Gallery will show you you some of the various Heddon Color Codes available on the Vamp