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Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

The Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Lure is a Series or Style B. The lure was first introduced in 1933 and was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana, and marketed and sold under the Shur Strike name. This was a year after its larger brother the Style A was successfully brought to market. This wooden antique lure has glass eyes and two treble hooks. The fishing lure measures in just at 2 3/4″ in length.

The first lure in the gallery is a clean Red & White Color, Code 02. The Baby Slant Nose was only ever cataloged in 9 colors. Both the Style A & B Slant Nose lures would not last long in the Shur Strike antique lure line up, and would be gone in 1936.

The second lure is a Style B, Baby Slant Nose lure in Yellow and light black scale version. This color has been nick named Peanut Butter and is a very desirable color, code 01.

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:26:54+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

The Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure is created in the late 1950’s early 1960’s. This antique fishing lure made by Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan and was a lure model series number 5500. This wooden lure measured in at 4″ inches in length and was a top water fished lure. The fishing lure features a single line tie attached to the inverted notched or concave mouth. The lure has 3 treble hooks secured by surface hardware, to secure its prey once it is caught. The antique lure features a single rear spinner to aid in the maintaining coarse and making some noise during its retrieval. The Plenty Sparkle’s most distinguishing traits were its rhinestone eyes and the five rhinestones inset into its belly, thus lending to the legitimacy of the name of the lure. There was a few in the Plenty Sparkle family, the Jr., and the Darter, but the 5500 series was the largest of them all.  I’ve got 4 Great Color examples highlighted in the galleries including some real tough ones.

The Plenty Sparkle antique fishing lure was available in the following color schemes or patterns.

5500 Yellow Belly Silver Scale (Shown in First Gallery)
5501 Natural Perch
5504 Red Head White
5508 Frog White Belly
5509 Yellow, with Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
5510 Frog Yellow Belly
5511 Black with Gold and Red Spots (Shown Below)
5512 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
5523 Dace Scale
5533 Black Scale Yellow Belly

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure Lure Photo Gallery

Plenty Sparkle in Yellow with Red and Black Spots Gallery Model 5509

Silver Flash Color Model 5512 Antique Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-12-19T08:29:58+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

The Creek Chub River Rustler Lure was a short lived lure, first introduced in 1930 and only lasting until 1935. This lure a model series number 3700 was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This smallish chunk type antique fishing lure is made of wood and measures 2 5/8″ in length and tips the scales at 5/8 oz. I’ve always liked this little lure as when you hold it its not a flimsy lure and has some girth to it and feel like it could hold its own against most of the mid size game-fish, both small and large mouth bass.

It obviously was never to popular with the fisherman with its short run. The lure made of wood was adorn with glass eyes and a single line tie at the point of its nose. The lure has two treble hooks using the typical cup hanger in the center and a screw eye for the aft. The point of consternation (I cant believe I just used that word in a sentence) for both fisherman and collectors alike is its diving lip. The lip is what gives this lure its life in my opinion and keeps it from just turning out to be another Wee Dee or Weed Bug knock off. However the lip will not keep paint with any type of use and more than not on the ones I’ve run across the lip has a chip in it.

Standard Colors:

3700 – Pike Scale
3701 – Perch Scale
3702 – Red & White
3704 – Golden Shiner
3708 – Rainbow
3718 – Silver Flash

Below is a cool ad from the National Sportsman, 1930 where the New River Rustler Fishing Lure introduces itself to fishermen.

Here I am, Fishermen – the latest addition to the famous line of Creek Chub True to Nature Lures! And, without bragging, I’m frank to confess I have a number of advantages not found in other lures!

For River fishing, I’m a “WOW” yet I work equally well in lakes! I’m rather small and light yet my compact shape makes me an easy caster! I run just deep enough under the surface to miss the weeds and I’m mighty effective along the shire! When you get an eyeful of my erratic side dart and continuous wiggle. To say nothing of my snooty, saucy impudence that dares ’em all to strike. Man, how even this wise old game fish do wallop me, I’ll bet a copper that “Old Spring Fishing Fret” grips you good and plenty. Look for me now at your Dealers!

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure Ad Creek Chub River Rustler Lure Ad

The 1931 Creek Chub Antique Lure Catalog Below gives us an idea of its standard colors and thoughts for use

The New Creek Chub River Rustler

No. 3700

Price $1.00

2017-12-19T08:34:25+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure

Oliver Gruber Glo Worm Antique Fishing Lure

The Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure is quite an interesting story. Over the last few years I’ve touched on a few of the lure makers that thought outside the box. Alfred Oliver and James Gruber thought inside the box, so to speak.

We have a very Nice Oliver & Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure in on consignment this week, click below to view.
Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure
If you have lures you would like to consignor sell, please contact me.

As the Story is Told;

“On May 16, 1918, Alfred Oliver and James Gruber filed a patent for the first triple jointed lure. This patent was granted November 23, 1920. Oliver and Gruber immediately went into production of the lure they decided to call The Glowurm Lure. It was advertised nationally in Outdoor Life magazine, with ads appearing from 1921 through 1923.

Construction & painting had to be simple because these lures were being manufactured by patients at a Medical Lake, Washington Psychiatric Center (near Spokane). Yes, the mental patients of the hospital were turning out the wooden bodies and painting the Glowurm as therapy!

Oliver and Gruber worked at the hospital and also were avid bass fishermen. They saw the chance to help the patients with therapy, AND to help finance their fishing hobby with some cash from the sales of their lure invention. The only problem came when the directors of the hospital discovered the lures were being sold nationally and the hospital wasn’t sharing in on the profits!

The Medical Lake Hospital Board of Directors delivered an ultimatum to the doctor/entrepreneurs; cease and desist with the production of the Glowurm, and everything would be forgotten. Otherwise, they would face charges for using illegal labor and face termination. Oliver and Gruber decided that doctoring was more important than lure making, so they went out of the lure business.”

(Heddon later bought the patent rights and came out with their own version of the lure called a “Gamefisher”.)

Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-27T13:23:21+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Oliver Gruber GloWurm Antique Fishing Lure

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

In the Black Bass Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley article from 1904 printing of Angling Stories we get this great article from James Heddon, I think. The book is a compilation of Angling stories from other Magazines, such as Sports Afield. We see in the article penned by James Heddon describe his meeting a fish slayer, angler of poise Mrs. Janette Hawley on a trip to Mohawk Florida. The reason I say may have been written is, we see the author use  “Billy Bass” which was a pen name for Will Heddon, and we also see him introduce a person to whom hes never met, Mrs. Janette Hawley. Notice the name spelling difference, as Mrs. Jeantte Hawley is the pen name for Will’s wife Laura, who used the Janette Hawley name as a Pen name as well a year later in 1905. It may just be an accident or different spelling. Just strikes me as odd. We also see them use it on “The Mohawk Casting and trolling Bait” in 1905 as well on the box labels.

Could this be the introduction to the Pen name by James Heddon for Laura to use in later fishing articles as she became more prevalent in the Heddon Company? Could this bee Will writing under his dads name? Or, I ask, could this really have been the person who inspired the fictitious character? I don’t pretend to know early Heddon history I just put forth what I came across in the Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Jaenette Hawley article and Ill let you or the Heddon experts decide.

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

    DEAR SPORTS AFIELD; Since last November your correspondent has been whipping the waters of southern inland Florida to a foam with the short casting rod Black Wonder silk lines. Dowagiac baits and minor other good and useful parts of the angler’s kit. This is my third sojourn in this state of the big mouth bass and it seems that there are no end to the valuable points to learn. I am often astonished that I haven t before met with some of the confrontations that come up from day to day. The standard No. 5 Expert Kingfisher silk casting line (which I have always used and think I always will use in the North) won’t do at all for the big bass of these waters. It will land many of them but is almost sure to fail when tested by the big ones the very ones we are most desirous of securing. If the line were always fresh at the lure end and the water always deep and clear the experienced Florida angler could land a 20 pounder with the Expert No 5; but we must be better prepared and I have never seen a casting line that combined strength and smooth, running qualities in the same degree as does […]

2017-04-12T12:07:15+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Ball Minnow Trap

Ball Minnow Trap

The Ball Minnow Trap is really a great piece of angling history. Let me first add by saying yes, this is the same maker as the famous Ball jar line.

For those that may not know here is a piece borrowed from the Society of Historical Archaeology Inc. Although its roots go back to the 1880 making wooden covered milk cans and then to glass inserts for metal cans that wasn’t the era of the minnow trap production.

 

“Ball Brothers Co., Inc. (1922-1987)
Between 1913 and 1929, Ball acquired four more of its competitors and reorganized
again on December 19, 1922, as the Ball Brothers Co., Inc. The firm replaced the now-outdated
Owens machines with Ball-Bingham, Miller JPM, and English Moorshead machines in the
1930s. The firm purchased the Three Rivers Glass Co. in 1936 and closed it down after filling
existing orders, a fate visited on many of the earlier acquisitions (Roller 1983:456-457;
2011:659; Smith 1989; 1996).
The Owens license expired in 1933, so Ball began negotiations with Hartford-Empire and
acquired a license for those machines on March 25. On January 8, 1935, Ball executive Fred
Petty announced that Ball would begin production of packers’ ware in response to a major
decline in fruit jar sales over the past three years (Birmingham 1980:115). Ball (1937:96)
illustrated a birds-eye view drawing of the Muncie plant in 1936 (Figure 4).
By 1937, the Ball Brothers made “fruit jars, packers and preservers ware, bottles” by
machine at 14 continuous tanks – reflecting the list of five factories at Muncie, Indiana; Wichita
Falls, Texas; Huntington, West Virginia; Hillsboro, Illinois; and Okmulgee, Oklahoma
(American Glass Review 1937:81). On December 11, 1939, the U.S. Government sued the Ball
Brothers, the Hazel-Atlas Glass Co., and the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. under monopoly charges
based on the Hartford-Empire and Owens licensing agreements. The plaintiff claimed that small
producers were being frozen out of business or prohibited from entering manufacture by the
nature of the licenses.
Almost a decade later, in 1947, the justices rendered a final verdict. The court prohibited
the Ball Brothers from purchasing or otherwise controlling any other businesses engaged in the
same manufacturing processes – in other words, the small jar producers. In addition, Ball had to
divest itself of the Three Rivers Glass Co. (already closed for almost a decade) that Ball had
acquired in 1936. Ball sold the property (Birmingham 1980:115-116).
Beginning in 1942, Ball shifted production to other glass containers, zinc shells for
batteries, and various rubber products – in addition to fruit jars – to support the World War II
effort (Birmingham 1980:116). Muncie Plant No. 1 burned in 1945. By 1952, fruit jar
production made up less than 10% of sales (Birmingham 1980:153, 159).
The rest of the decade was mostly quiet, with no notable changes. The firm opened the
Mundelein, Illinois, plant in 1961 and ended glass making at the Muncie plant the following
year (Roller 1999; […]

2017-04-11T12:20:18+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Ball Minnow Trap

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