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Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler 1918

In this Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler article you will find an amazing read. I was truly excited when I ran across this gem. If you love antique lures and you love the history bind them, you will love the article from the May 1918 American Angler, by Sam Stinson. Everyone is always asking what was the first antique lure. I’m not sure if anyone ever will be able to answer that with being a bit more specific. But we see here some antique fishing lure recollection of some great history. The story is also printed in Arlan’s book “19th Century Fishing Lures”,  one of my favorite books, and have worn out the pages of a few copies thumbing through it over the years. I really wish he would do another. There are a few differences of note, in photos (maybe there just wasnt enough room to print them), and his source was from a 1921 issue of American Angler. One could then draw the conclusion, the article was printed many times over the publications life span.

 

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

ISNT it curious how things start? The bass had risen fairly well that day but they seemed a bit finicky. The evening had turned chilly as June evenings will and over our pipes we were holding a post prandial post mortem before the blazing log fire; the Magazine Editor, the Artist the Business Man and I. The Magazine Editor and I had been fishing from the same boat, while the Artist and the Business Man had paired in another.

And there was verbal strife and much abuse, after the manner of men who love each other sufficiently well to feel privileged to call each other names. As bass fishermen we seemed to have but one thing in common. We were all devotees of the plug. But which plug to use under which conditions? Ah that was the beautiful luscious rosy cheeked apple of discord.

Now when we were up in those rushes where we had to pole our way through, said the Magazine Editor, turning his profane attention to me, for his language is apt to be profane even when his voice is most gentle, “if we had discarded our Coaxers for a weedless gang with a frog or had even tried a strip of pork rind or pickerel belly we might have”.

Rot I interrupted with the privileged rudeness of a host. For twelve years I have fished those rushes and until Bill Jamison bobbed up with his Coaxer, I never got anything out of them but promised damnation to my soul. If there is anything in the world more calculated to inspire blasphemy than trying to fish a rush grown stretch of bass water without a-

“But the Coaxer was suggested by the old fashioned pork chunk […]

2016-11-20T12:34:35+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

The Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure in first introduced around 1930. The Flapper Crab antique lure was made by The Wright and McGill Company out of Denver Colorado. The lure was available in a few different sizes. The Flapper Crab fishing lure was made from the traditional molded composition that most all its other life like type series of lures were made. The lure has its line tie on the tail portion of the lure, letting it swim or give a life like action in the water. The lure came with antenna and rubber legs. Due to age and use its hard to find these with the rubber legs fully intact.

The two different Flapper Crab lures shown below in their boxes show 2 of the different sizes available one marked 6 to other 10. The two different galleries also highlight the differences in color or shading of the Crab lure. The Box end flaps also tout its guaranteed to get the big ones.

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure Photo Gallery

Wright McGill Flapper Crab Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

2016-11-20T10:44:37+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wright McGill Flapper Crab Lure

Keller Gets Em Lure

Keller Gets Em Lure

The Keller Gets Em Lure was first introduced in 1916. Made in Rochester, Indiana this antique fishing lure is just cresting the century old mark. This colorful wooden, antique fishing lure measures in at 3 1/4″ in length. This vintage minnow came in a painted eye and no eye version. The lure has three treble hooks to secure its catch and uses a screw in type hardware. Probably my favorite part of this antique fishing lure is its use of the external belly weight.

Often misidentified and similar to the Meyers & Spellman minnow lures from Shelby Michigan. One of the easiest ways to tell is the shape of the prop. The Keller with come with Keller stenciled on the backbone of the lure. The fishing lure uses two elongated rectangle or square with its tip bent upwards propellers on the for and aft of the antique lure. The lure can be found in a few different color variations of the swirl or sash type color scheme.

Keller Gets Em Lure Photo Gallery

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Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

The Creek Chub Faust Special Lure looks like the cross between a Plunker lure and a Creek Chub Skipper. Dating from the 1940’s to the 1950’s this special order Creek Chub Bait made its appearance. While being made in Garrett Indiana, its written that its destination was not a sporting goods store but a drugstore. Faust and sometimes written Foust’s Drug Store Chain sold the hybrid and special order antique fishing lure.

The production lure itself is most always found with painted eyes and in the standard Creek Chub finish color palette. The lure has a angled and slanted concave head and in its center, a single forward line tie. The mouth painted red like so many other models. The lure has a rear of the mid line treble hook secured with the traditional cup rigging. While at the rear trails another treble secured with its screw eye.

Creek Chub Faust Special Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:11:16+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Faust Special Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

The Chippewa Minnow Lure was part of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both shown below in the antique fishing lure patent galleries. The Immell Bait Bait Company, of Blair Wisconsin was the creation of Omer Immell born of Blair in 1872. Omer, like many of the early antique lure manufactures, was very resourceful, enterprising, and who’s lure creations came after or alongside the success of other industries or endeavors. Omer a successful Candy and Life Insurance salesman spent many a year traveling around the area prior to his fishing lure accomplishments. His history has been discussed in a previous article here: Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure Patent 974493

Chippewa Lure Patent 990984

Chippewa Lure Advertisement 

Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913 Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913

This version of the Chippewa is the Bass Size and measures 3″. The Chippewa antique fishing lure at its basics is a glass eyed fish shaped minnow minus the tail that was shown in the original patent. The center concave cavity of the lure is missing and in its place is a rotating metal spiral ribbon. The ribbon is pinned into place and if you read the patents, its intent is to make this part of the lure removable and replaceable. It states it allows the fisherman to replace it with a faster or slower spinning spiral. I don’t think this came to full production fruition where you could buy replacement spirals, but if it did, please let me know so I can share with the readers.

The Chippewa Minnow Lure has a single forward line tie at the midpoint of the lure. The Chippewa Bass Version shown below in the gallery came with both a belly hook and a rear treble. Both of the these are attached via screw eye, with the rear being the only one dressed with a feather.

The colors that were offered are to have been a blended enamel. The colors you will find the lure are primary and shades of primary colors. The lures paint is 100 years old and didn’t age quite s well as say Creek Chub or Heddon and will flake and fall off, so handle and display with care. The Chippewa lure is one of the quintessential lures many antique fishing lure collectors seek out.

Chippewa Minnow Lure Gallery

2016-10-30T11:36:00+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Chippewa Minnow Lure

Bite Em Water Mole Lure

Bite Em Water Mole Lure

The Bite Em Water Mole Lure was first introduced in 1920. The Bite Em Bait Company out of Fort Wayne, Indiana has two versions. The one shown below in the gallery is a type II with a slanted face where as the type I is rounded. This no eyed wooden antique fishing lure measures three inches in length. The lure features a single forward line tie just below where the slant reaches its apex. The lures bowling pin type shape holds the lure’s two treble hooks. The forward hook employs the use of a screw hook similar to the Heddon L Rig  minus the cup to hold its treble, and the rear is secured with a screw eye.

Covering the bottom section of the rear half of the lure is a fixed oblong shaped flasher. The Water Mole lure was housed inside a picture box which used a photo of the lure in its design. The box exclaims “The Nickle Plated Spoon on the Tail makes the Bait Active and Very Attractive. Skitters, Wiggles, and Wobbles on the Surface.”  They use the ability to change the front hook out with a double hook to be able to help with its weedless properties.

The Bite Em Water Mole lure can be found in a assorted selection of colors. They used a more plain or primary color palate for its color options. The Water Mole was offered in a smaller Trout size version as well.

Bite Em Water Mole Lure Photo Gallery

2017-02-22T19:25:09+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bite Em Water Mole Lure

Clark Goofy Gus Lure

Clark Goofy Gus Lure

The Clark Goofy Gus Lure was first introduced around 1948. The lure made by the C.A. Clark Bait Company, Springfield, Missouri was given a model series 2600. This top water fished wooden lure measures 3 1/8″ in length. The antique fishing lure has both a front and rear unmarked propellers, however it can be found with just a front. The lure has a unique shape having both a pointed or tapered front as well as rear end with its center waist being as thin as its end.

The Goofy Gus antique lure features two treble hooks one attached via screw eye towards the front center of the lure, the rear sitting behind the back prop. The lure has its name stenciled usually on the back half of the lure and features small black glass bead eyes. The Goofy Gus was made in a series of different colors from the plain to scale or shore finishes. While made around the same time frame as the Clark Water Scout the Goofy Gus lure is more difficult to find when comparing it to the production numbers of the Waters Scout.

Clark Goofy Gus Lure Photo Gallery

2016-10-25T11:14:43+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Clark Goofy Gus Lure

Martin Injured Minnow Lure

Martin Injured Minnow Lure

The Martin Injured Minnow Lure in Circa late 1930’s. Martin is a name synonymous with the Salmon Fishing tackle world. Thier standard plugs being great fish catchers for decades. This is a bit of a deviation for the company but this Injured Minnow lure was trying to capitalize on the successful lures like the Heddon SOS and the Creek Chub Injured Minnow.
The Martin injured minnow is made of wood and is 3 5/8″ in length with a forward line tie. This antique fishing lure has the standard front and rear prop and would swim on its side. The lure having glass eyes, and a set of three treble hook to secure its catch. The injured minnow was made in a series of colors a bit different that the standard Martin lures such as the frog spot shown below in the gallery. Just like most Martin antique lures it’s stenciled in red on the belly of the lure.

Martin Injured Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-01T12:58:53+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Martin Injured Minnow 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|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|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|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Tantalizer Jr Lure

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure

The Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure was first introduced around 1928. This wooden, no eyed, pointed at both ends torpedo shaped lure measure 4 5/8″ in length. The Kee Wig lure is very similar to the Flapper lure, however its more slim or skinnier lure. The antique lure rides on the patented keeling metal slide that is also used to secure the first of the three treble hooks on it. The box shown is the correct period box, however I’m not sure if its marked correctly for it. The lure is shown in a green scale type finish and was available in a half dozen or so more.

Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-17T23:50:39+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Keeling Pike Kee Wig Lure

Pflueger Catalina Lure

Pflueger Catalina Lure

This Pflueger Catalina lure was a model 5500 series. This version of the lure date to the mid 1920’s to 1940 by the Pflueger Bait Company of Akron, Ohio. This wooden, glass eyed coast minnow type is the 3rd version of the Catalina. This antique Pflueger Lure measures 4 1/8″ in length and is torpedo in shape that tapers in girth until it reaches its bulbous tail. The lure has a single forward line tie with wire through construction, and a rear bull dog marked prop. The antique fishing lure two internal belly weights and has a oversize large single hook at the aft end behind the marked prop.

This salt water type lure can be found in multiple color scheme finishes such as the model 71 Yellow, Green and White. The lure in the gallery is shown housed in a beautiful green canoe Pflueger antique lure box, that is stamped on the end correctly.

Pflueger Catalina Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-25T08:49:30+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Catalina Lure

Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure

Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure

The Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1904. The lure was made by the Edgren Manufacturing Company our of Chicago Illinois. This smallish metal fish shaped antique fishing lure was available in three different models and sizes. Sizes 1-3 were offered for sale, with Size 1 the largest, measuring 2 3/4″, Size 2 2 1/4″ and 3 at 1 1/2″ in length. While this antique lure. I almost wonder if the lures patents were not bought and it was brought back out of hiding in the teens.  was said to have been made in 1904 up to the 1920’s, its not up until the mid teens we see it heavily advertised. The lure had the makers name and patent stamped into the spinner itself and had a single feather dressed buck tail. The lure is shown in its correct box which is harder to find than the lure itself like most antique lures.

Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

Edgren Minnow Outing 1917 Edgren Minnow Outing 1917

A Sure Catch! For Bass, Pike, Pickerel and Muskellunge

The Edgren Spinning Minnow, better than any Spoon–Why? Because being minnow shaped makes it the natural fish lure. For Casting Or Trolling. Spins rapidly when drawn through the water making it look much alive. This minnow is patented on the merits of the minnow, not the hook attached to it. Any hook can be used, weedless, single or any hook you desire.

Edgren Spinning Minnow Ad 1916 Edgren Spinning Minnow Ad 1916

 

1916 Field and Stream Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure Ad 1916 Field and Stream Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure Ad

2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Edgren Spinning Minnow Lure

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad 1916

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad

This Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad comes from a 1916 Shakespeare Lure catalog, yes that wasn’t a mistype. The Fish Spear is a classic Moonlight bait we don’t get to see advertised much due to the scarcity of early Moonlight antique fishing lure catalogs. I do find it amusing the show the model 586W, as if we we able to see any other colors its published in a black and white catalog.

Fish Spear 

Floats, Dives, Swims and Wiggles.

The two points for line attachment regulate the action of the “Spear”. By attaching the line to the end of the bait a surface bait is produced. By attaching line at top of patented plane, an under water bait results, which has a darting, diving, swimming and wiggling motion, like a live minnow.

When not in motion the bait floats. The faster its retrieved, the deeper it goes in the water and the more pronounced the wobbling motion.

Finished in our high grade non-peeling waterproof enamel, handsomely trimmed and decorated, and equipped with the best grade treble hooks. Made in the following styles:

No. 586W     Fish Spear Bait – White. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586R     Fish Spear Bait – Red. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586Y     Fish Spear Bait – Yellow. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586S     Fish Spear Bait – Spotted. Price Each  $ 0.75

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad

2016-10-26T11:41:12+00:00 June 11th, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad 1916

Streich Flex O Minnow Lure

Streich Flex O Minnow Lure

The Streich Flex O Minnow Lure was first patented in 1921. This antique lure was made by the Streich’s Company out of Joliet Illinois. The lure was a painted metal head with glass eyes and a rubber tail. The antique fishing lure had only a single hook to which the end of the tail was attached. Finding these in one piece with the tail intact can be a challenge due to the rubber not being able to stand up to the elements or being fished. The Streich fishing lure package shown below in the gallery comes with quite the large instruction book which describes the features functions and benefits of the lure. The antique lure was available in a few different colors scheme choices. The Streich company made other lures as well such as the “Acro-Bait”.

Streichs Flex O Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-29T00:15:53+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Streich Flex O Minnow Lure

Shoff Socko King Lure

Shoff Socko King Lure

The Shoff Socko King Lure is by far and away one of the cooler looking lures made in the 40’s. I’ve always enjoyed this little lure when they have come in on consignment. The lure was introduced around the late 30’s early 1940’s and falls into the North West Salmon plug family. Just like there are different niches inside most collecting hobbies, salmon plugs made by Shoff, Martin, Hansen, Schroeder and others far into a vein themselves inside the antique lure collecting world. The Socko King lure has always been one of my favorite salmon plugs with it large metal diving plane on its head it exudes toughness. The diving plane with holes allowed the fisherman to adjust its fishing depth by selecting a different hole.

Made by the Shoff Tackle Company in Kent Washington this lure has the typical salmon lure body shape, with a small hole through the body of the lure that attaches a string rig treble hook. The lure is stamped by the maker, with its size and patent applied for on the belly of the lure.  The lure can be found in multiple sizes and color scheme patterns.

Shoff Socko King Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-25T17:49:56+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shoff Socko King Lure

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

The Lakeland Products Mystery Lure has gone by a few names in its lifetime. This version of the Mystery lure was made in the early 1950’s by the Lake-Land Products Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique lure is a plastic lure made in a leg bait type fashion. The lure features a long bill or nose which has the front line tie attachment. The lure features two trailing treble hooks both hanging from the antique lure via a wire. This fishing lure is shown in its correct version box that has a graphic photo on the front box label. The lure was offered in few different colors over its lifespan.

Lakeland Products Mystery Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-25T17:47:52+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Lakeland Products Mystery Lure

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure

The Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure was first introduced in 1963. The Woggle Bug series WB-900 shown with a lip, bears a striking similarity to the 20 year young Fred Arbogast Jitterbug Circa 1942, even the name is very similar to Jitterbug. The wooden, pressed and painted eye, antique fishing lure is 3″ in length and was 5/8 oz. The antique fishing lure was offered in 2 different sizes, the WB-900 being the larger and the WB-700 coming in at 2″ in length.

While at first the word Woggle Bug would seem unique in name and in nature however the word first appears in 1905 and was the title of a Children’s Book written by the same author as the famous Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum. From the book there was created Woggle-Bug postcards and buttons, a Woggle-Bug song, and a Woggle-Bug board game from Parker Brothers. The book like the lure never really took, or became as popular and was said to deliver zany absurdities. The Paw Paw Woggle Bug antique lure was found with and without the diving lip although its said to only have ever been found referenced in a catalog with the diving lip. The antique lure was labeled or stenciled on the belly, had a forward line tie on the lip creating a wake upon retrieval, and had 2 treble hooks to secure your catch.

Along with the Silver Flitter shown below in the gallery, the antique fishing lure was available in the following colors:

01  Yellow Perch

04  White, Red Head

07  Pike Scale

08  Frog

12 Silver Flitter (Shown in Gallery)

33 Black Scale Yellow Belly

Paw Paw Woggle Bug Lure Gallery

 

2016-10-26T11:41:23+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Woggle Bug 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|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Pop I 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|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot

Heddon Vamp in Goldfish

Heddon Vamp in Goldfish

This Heddon Vamp in Goldfish is a series 7500, and painted in Heddon Goldfish color, a color we as lure collectors cant seem to get enough of. The lure was first produced in 1920 and was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son lineup. The color is a tough to find and very desirable goldfish color, code K. Should you have it, the proper box for this antique lure would be a red border down leaping bass box marked 7509K. The lure has crystal clear flawless glass eyes, with the typical green eye shadow you find on goldfish colored lures of this era. This antique fishing lure has a engraved diving plane, the lure is stenciled Heddon on the belly, and has L rig hardware holding 3 treble hooks. This Heddon lure and dates roughly to around the mid 1920’s.

This golden age era of antique fishing tackle saw the introduction of many lure models that seem to last for decades. This vamp itself is really in marvelous condition and a solid EX+ and was a joy to hold and photograph, and I use that grade very conservative on most lures. The vamp lure is a great lure to collect as there are as many different colors as styles, shapes, hardware configuration, and sizes. Many of these varieties I will do entries for in time.

Heddon Goldfish Vamp Antique Lure Gallery

2017-06-14T09:53:59+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Vamp in Goldfish

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