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Swiv A Lure

Swiv A Lure

The Swiv A Lure was first introduced in 1949. Box. The Swiv A Lure was made by Lamothe – Stokes Manufacturing Company out of Detroit Michigan. The lure was a model YR-20. The lure was made in both plastic and wood over its life cycle as well as being made in Red and White and Red and Yellow. Looking Like a Legless grasshopper lure can be found in two sizes as well 3 1/4″ and 3 1/8″ in length.

In speaking with a fellow lure collector at a recent show he shared a neat story of uncovering the original patent papers and the dealer boxes and much of the stock. From what he conveyed the partnership between Lamoth & Stokes was a rocky one and never fully took off. The gentleman I spoke with said he ran into 50 gallon drums of assembled bodies, and 12 packs of dealer cases.

We have a Black & White in Box in this weeks consignments, click below to view.

Black & White Swiv a Lure in Box

If you have lures to sell or consign please contact me. 

2018-01-14T10:31:34+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

The Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure is another lure in the trio produced by the company. Based in Detroit Michigan, on Morgan Drive, this famous antique lure maker was probably more noted for it’s “Action Rod”. The company founded in the late 1940s by co-owners Lewis Adam and A. Johnson. The Slippery Slim is the most obscure of the the Kick N Kackle and the Bottom Scratcher brethren. The antique lure was made in the early 1950’s and measure 2 3/8″ in length. The Slippery Slim was jointed in construction, its head being larger then the rear section. The lure has 2 trebles to secure its catch and a smaller diving lip attached at the nose to bring the lure down to the depths of its catch.

We have a Black & White Slippery Slim in on Consignment this week and can be viewed by clicking below.
Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure
If you have lures you would like to sell or consign please contact me.

Orchard Industries Letterhead Orchard Industries Letterhead

Above is a Photo of Company Letterhead borrowed from Dr Todd’s Fishing For History Blog
The Slippery Slim lure was housed in a clear plastic hinged clam shell box. The box will have the name printed on the bottom left.The lure was only made in a few primary colors unlike its brothers, such as the “Bottom Scratcher” which can be seen on the color Chart I did a post on.

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-13T18:17:24+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

The Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure is a neat fishing lure. The lure had two distinct body evolution, the first of which was wood having 4 hooks set up very similar to the flat fish, than then moving to a plastic based body with only 2T. This curved body antique lure was first patented in 1937 and was commercially produced by the Martz Tackle Company out of the Great Motor City, Detroit Michigan. The first version of the lure made of wood, not shown, is substantially bigger the the later plastic 3 5/8″ examples below.

The lure is said to have been sold in a half dozen colors or less, three of which can be seen in the antique lure gallery below. The fist version box that houses the larger version is more of a plain non-descriptive type, with later versions employing color. The Vee Bee Box I dont believe to be correct for the lure, however that’s how it was sent to me.

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure Photo Gallery

2017-12-19T08:38:06+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

This Rare Pfeiffer Minnow Tube lure is a different class of lure compared to the many seen on this page. This great lure is made from glass instead of usual wood, plastic or metal materials we’ve come to know. This glass test tube shaped lure was made by the Pfeiffer’s Live Bait Company out of Detroit Michigan. This antique fishing lure dates from between 1914-1916, making it Over 100 years old. This lure features 4 treble hooks 2 on each side and measures 3 1/2″ in length.

Striking resemblance is seen between this and the Detroit Minnow tube. It should come as no surprise when you find out both companies operated during the same time from the same city. The minnow tubes were not a very practical or ECO friendly lure especially when dropped on the shore or rolling around in a tackle box.While the two ads below are similar youll notice an address change.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

Pfeiffer’s Bait Gets The Big Ones

Pfeiffer’s is the origional bait of its kind on the market today. It Protects the minnow and lures the big fellows as no other bait can. None genuine unless Pfeiffer’s name is on the stopper. Three sizes: Trout and Small Bass, $.75; Bass and Pike, $1.00; Muscallonge, $1.50.

1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad 1914 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Company Ad

1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad 1915 Pfeiffer Live Bait Holder Ad

 

Pfeiffer Minnow Tube Photo Gallery

2017-03-30T08:54:56+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Pfeiffer Minnow Tube

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

The Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure was first introduced in 1950. Orchard Industries of Detroit, Michigan made a small handful of Antique lures in the 1950. With a name that invokes a smile and is catchy it’s hard not to like this small lure. While it’s intent is to make you think the lure with its diving lip gets down to where the fish are its hard not think the obvious. The antique lure measures 2 3/8″ in length. The lure in shape is very similar to the Heddon Hedd Hunter lure. The lure has a smallish diving lip that has its single forward line tie built in. The lure features two treble hooks the rear of which can be found dressed with multicolored hair.

The lure comes in a clear plastic clam shell type box. The lures name and Orchard Industries as well as a photo of a jumping bass  imprinted on the top half of the box as shown in the photos. The Bottom Scratcher came in a wide variety of colors, making it a fun and bank account friendly lure to collect. Not all antique fishing lures need to be worth 100’s to enjoy and collect and Orchard Industries provides us with a few.

Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:08:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Orchard Industries Bottom Scratcher Lure

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

The Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure is a classic staple to most advanced lure collections. Circa 1914 this antique fishing lure used the premises to save from having to replace minnows all day long. I’ve never quite understood the thinking with a glass fishing lure. As even the earliest of tackle boxes this is not something you would want rolling around in. One rock, one snag and smash, not only have you lost your lure you’ve created a hazard and pollution in the water.

There are two versions of the Detroit Minnow Tube you can find. The one shown below in the photo gallery and one that has a screw in cap. The glass body of this antique fishing lure measures 3 1/4″ in length. This version has the bail end cap or clip top. The top having two holes so that fresh water could keep the minnow alive. The antique fishing lure having 4 treble hooks two on each side.

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure Photo Gallery

FISHERMEN! A Wonderful New Fish catching Bait Use One Live Minnow All Day.

 This is the new live minnow bait that is making such a great record for itself that is the talk of the country. Excels all other artificial bait Strong clear magnifying glass tube housing a live minnow. Wonderful power of attracting fish lies in fact that when in water the glass apparently disappears leaving minnow clearly visible and greatly magnified. Minnow has fresh water stays alive never mutilated can be used all day Experienced fishermen tell us that it is the most wonderful bait they have ever used.

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure Forrest and Stream 1915 Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure Forrest and Stream 1915

From the magazine of Business 1915 we see all three Detroit Products.

Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure and Live Minnow Products 1915 Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure and Live Minnow Products 1915

2016-08-05T13:01:54+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Detroit Minnow Tube Antique Lure

Spiral Lure and Box

Spiral Lure

The Spiral Lure was originally introduced in 1935. This antique lure was made in Detroit Michigan. This lure has a single forward line tie and rotates on a wire frame when retrieved through the water. The lure was Made by the Spiral Tackle Company, and I do believe this is the only lure they made. The accompanying box states “Retrieve this lure slow of fast, action galore on every cast”.

Spiral Lure Photo Gallery

2016-06-19T02:59:30+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Spiral Lure and Box

Chase a Bug Lure

Chase A Bug Lure

The Chase a Bug Lure is just a really really neat neat lure out of Detroit Michigan, and made in a great looked molted green color. The fishing lure was made by Leo Krozaleski, the founder of Leon Tackle Company. The Chase a Bug when pulled through the water spins the propeller moving the mouth up and down, or open and closed, intimating a fish eating. This antique lure is made of plastic is 3″ in length and has two treble hooks. I’m uncertain if the box with it is the correct, that how it was found. The antique fishing lure dates to 1956 and was made in a variety of colors, I don’t believe it lasted very long or was a successful fish catcher. While it may not get credit for being an all around fish getting machine, it gets extra points in the cool or neat column.

Chase A Bug Lure Gallery

2016-12-08T18:41:34+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Chase a Bug Lure

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