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