Shakespeare Lures and the Shakespeare lure company got its start in the 1890’s. Its first patent in 1987 was a patent for a level wind reel and not a lure. William Shakespeare Jr. was the son of a banker, who’s schooling was more rooted in finance than fishing tackle. In 1905 they acquired the rights to the Rhodes patents, which included the uncles Famous Perfect Casting minnow and his access to the Mechanical frog lure.
The early pre-teens Shakespeare lure catalogs contained very few lures a less than a dozen at most. The company would like other use different materials to make the lures. The Shakespeare Revolution, and Floating Spinner lure line would be made of metal, the Rhodes Frog, Weedless Frog Lure, and Evolution using rubber. With the Under water Minnows, Kazoo and Surface wonder being made of wood. A lot of the earliest Shakespeare lures are found in a black picture box made specifically for that Shakespeare lure.
The Teens would be predominately covered with different shapes and sizes of underwater or floating wooden minnow Shakespeare lures. They would too, supply the jobber market with their unmarked lures and or boxes to be marketed under different names other than their own. In the 20’s and 30’s we would see a refresh and expansion of the lure line up and like Pflueger concentrate more heavily on its Shakespeare Reel line up. Some of the new lures added would be a cheaper line up of its own in the Jim Dandy series and lure s like the Mouse, Kazoo, Wobbler, Tantalizer, and 7-11 Plopper Shakespeare Lures. Those years as with the other antique lure manufactures, see the end of the glass eyed lure era. With the emergence of plastics into the industry and as companies cut cost and faced product shortages and loss of revenue due to outside factors such as the great depression.
The 40s would see more of the same drastic changes up until the 50’s. The Shakespeare lure Company was purchased by the Creek Chub Bait Company in 1952. This would then end its American made production and later all lures would come from outside the United States. Over the next 30 years the great American Fishing Tackle industry would fall prey to itself and in keeping up with the times you will see a great consolidation of all the major players.
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 Pop I Lure The Shakespeare Pop I lure was a series model number 6574. This painted eye, wooden lure, was Shakespeare's answer to a segment of fisherman wanting to emulate one of natures greatest [...]
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. [...]
Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure The Shakespeare Jacksmith lure was Series 6561. The wooden, pressed eye lure was first introduced in the 1930's. This antique fishing lure measures 4 1/8" in length. It features 3 standard size [...]
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 [...]