JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon
This JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon is kind of a 19th Century fishing lure head scratcher for me. The spoon is marked JD Allen, South Otselic, NY and a size number 4. What is the confusing part is, in Arlan’s book he lists JD Allen being from South Otselic and being a antique lure maker in 1892. If you then turn to page 253, it shows M.B. Allen being from Battle Creek Michigan. Mason B Allen having a patent on the clasp used to attach the lure to the shaft and producing the same shape spinner antique lure. However, I have never been able to find the relation between the two, via ancestry or other web sites. There is no sharing or splitting of the patent, patent number 527,259. I do have other J.D Allen spoons made in different shapes and none are marked with a patent like the M B Allen example. If it were modern day it would be a long days drive, however in the 19th century it could make for a few weeks to a months travel.
If you know the answer, and would be so kind to share it with me, you would make my day. I also am seeking out other examples of this 19th Century Lure maker’s makers lures, as I’m from a small country town in Upstate NY 20 miles from South Otselic, NY which in 1850 had a larger population then in 1950.
Mason B Allen Lure Patent Info