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South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-20T11:18:27+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure The South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1912 by the South Bend Bait Company. Assigning it a model 920-through 922, all are relatively the same with small or unique differences. The Surface Minnow lure is made of wood, has traditional glass eyes, measures 3 1/2" [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

By | 2017-09-19T09:46:15+00:00 September 19th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest by John Etchieson - In the early 1920s (1921 - 1924) several expeditions were undertaken by different parties of men to ascend to the top of Mount Everest, the worlds tallest mountain at 29,035 feet above sea level which is located midway between Tibet and [...]

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

By | 2017-09-19T09:55:16+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure, Model 6800 came on the scene a lot later compared to the rest of the Pikie lure family, making its introduction in 1950. The antique lure made it almost 3 decades in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog, and disappeared with many [...]

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:00:43+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, antique fishing lure is 6" in length, jointed in the middle. This antique lure crafted by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan [...]

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:03:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as "The Wiggler". Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of [...]

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:04:46+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2" in length. The lures main focus was the larger [...]

Shur Strike Plunker Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:07:04+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Plunker Lure The Shur Strike Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1938. This antique fishing lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana was labeled under the Shur Strike lure line up. The wooden fishing lure was a copy of the famous Creek Chub lure, and was actually fashioned like the early humpback [...]

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

By | 2017-09-19T10:10:02+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great seller for Heddon over the next few decades. The offered the wooden version in three different models and corresponding sizes. [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

By | 2017-09-12T08:51:29+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools by John Etchieson - Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools; All fishing lines, with very few exceptions, had been packaged on solid black color enamel painted wooden spools since 1880. However, 85 years ago at the depths of America’s great depression in 1932, many fishing line spools took on some bright colors [...]

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:12:48+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure was first made in the 1930's. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana is exceedingly hard to find. I try not to just throw the word rare around, however in the tens of thousands of lures Ive [...]

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:11:27+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's lure line up. While not the largest in the Flap Tail series this wooden lure measures 5" in length. The lure can be [...]

Creek Chub Plunker Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:16:19+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana was assigned a model number 3200. The wooden antique lure was made for over a half a century in the Creek Chub lure line up. The fishing lure measure 3" in length and was 5/8 [...]

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:20:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure The Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail lure was made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. Wagtail Chub was being produced by hand since all the way back in 1918. Lets put that into world perspective; 1918 wasn't a time of peace, relaxation and fishing. 1918 most importantly [...]

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:32:59+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure The Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure was the Paw Paw Bait Company's answer to the industry craving for injured minnows. Imitation being the nearest and dearest sense of flattery, or just pure marketing trying to get a piece of what was a booming business for both Heddon and [...]

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

By | 2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card Here is a great Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card assortment. These rare cards are seldom seen especially in this new old stock condition. The item dates to the turn of the century or a few years after. The lures and flies are carefully tied on the reverse of [...]

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:35:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Kurz Buck Skin Lure The Kurz Buck Skin Lure is over 100 years old. Given that it is a piece of folded rawhide it looks pretty darn good for being over the century mark. The Kurz Bros. Co. were based in Chicago, Illinois @1369-89 North Branch Street.and during a time in the mid teens where [...]

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

By | 2017-09-02T13:39:18+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout The Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout was first introduced in 1941. This strange looking plastic, raised painted eye lure, was the Paw Paw Bait Company model series #3500. The lure originally called a Wham Doodle, which was made of wood with whats referred to as an alligator eye. [...]

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Harpers Weekly April 1872

By | 2017-08-21T17:03:39+00:00 August 21st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Harpers Weekly April 1872 In this edition of Harpers Weekly April 1872 we get a glimpse in to some of the lifes work for a man who's name and work are embedded in fish-lore, fly fishing and sporting. Mr Seth Green in no an uncommon name to read when doing any type of research into [...]

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Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:41:38+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure The Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure is the largest in the Surfster family line. This giant piece of lumber was given a model 7400 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. The lure was first produced in 1953 and lasted less than a half dozen years, being discontinued [...]

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South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:43:55+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure The South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure is a model series 962. This lure is touted as being one of the South Bend Bait Company out of South Bend Indiana's longest lasting lures. The lure first appearing in 1916 and lasted all the way through 1952. Its no wonder [...]

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South Bend Fin Dingo Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:48:24+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Fin Dingo Lure The South Bend Fin Dingo Lure was first introduced in 1952. The antique fishing lure was given model 1965 by the South Bend Bait Company.  Surprisingly, the antique lure was only made for only a single year under South Bends Roof. The Fin Dingo fishing lure was a round molded [...]

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Shakespeare Jacksmith Antique Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:56:04+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Jacksmith Lure The Shakespeare Jacksmith lure was Series 6561. The wooden, pressed eye lure was first introduced in the 1930's by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This antique fishing lure  measures 4 1/8" in length.  It features 3 standard size treble hooks, the rear of which is held on by Shakespeare's Ball [...]

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Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:57:42+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure The Creek Chub Pop N Dunk lure was a model series number 6300. This antique fishing lure was first produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana in 1941 and ended in 1954. This antique fishing lure is wooden in composition, has glass eyes and measures 2 [...]

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Snook Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:58:50+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Snook Minnow Lure The Snook Minnow Lure is a creation of Bob Ousley. Bob, a technician for Sears whose job eventually would transplant him from Tennessee to Florida had many hobbies. A man whose who careers and hobbies intersected and involved the use of his hands. To be handy in trades and his endeavors from [...]

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Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog

By | 2017-09-02T14:04:18+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection We have a historic Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection in on Consignment, and available for sale over the next couple weeks. Over 40 Messinger Frog's, no 2 exactly the same a life collection of a fellow NFLCC club member. We've been given an opportunity to not only help [...]

Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

By | 2017-08-08T12:25:21+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier This News article, Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier comes from the Brooklyn Star Circa 1908. We get a chance to see Louis Rhead's art as well as his Penmanship. I think we as lure collectors forget that sometimes he just wasn't the fly rod lure maker extraordinaire, but that [...]

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Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure

By | 2017-09-02T14:05:34+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure The Pfeffer Spin Cripple Lure is the smallest of the three sizes of Cripples produced by Jim Pfeffer. Jim Pfeffer, Florida Lure maker who history begins in Rome Ny would not make his way to Orlando until 1925, at the age of 1939. As far as Florida lure makers its hard [...]

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Miss Golddigger Lure

By | 2017-09-02T14:07:02+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Miss Golddigger Lure The Miss Golddigger Lure was the invention of Jodell White. Jodell was a simple man, who grew up during the depression. As we have seen before the countries economic woes would supplant many families, including the White's. Jodell's family was forced to move around during his early years as many families would [...]

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Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass

By | 2017-08-04T14:42:01+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass The illustration by Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass was part of a feature from the Brooklyn daily Feature on June 21, 1908. The Title of Gamy Black Bass How it is Caught with Bait and Fly, How and Where uses Rhead's masterful use of illustrations to give the reader a [...]

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Four Tees Dolphin Lure

By | 2017-09-02T14:08:46+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Four Tees Dolphin Lure This lure is a Four Tees Dolphin lure. This antique fishing lure was made by William of Bill Bales from Tampa Florida in the early 1930's. Like many lure makers lore begins with a pocket knife and necessity, we hear the same of William's. As with many Americans in the throws of [...]

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Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure

By | 2017-08-07T08:07:51+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure The Paw Paw Crazy Mike Lure sounds like a name given to everyone favorite uncle. While it may not be a part of our own lineage the Crazy Mike lure is part of the Flap Jack Family series of lures released in the early 1940's. This antique fishing lure is [...]

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Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

By | 2017-08-07T08:06:37+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures The Bagley Bass N Shad Lures were first introduced in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Made by the Bagley Bait Company which draws its roots from Winter Haven Florida in a sense. I say that because Jim Bagley Had purchased his first Company in 1954 from "The Dean Brothers" in Georgia. [...]

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Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

By | 2017-08-07T08:04:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure The Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure was introduced in the 1950's, made by the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan. This version of the Paw paw Bait Company lure arsenal was given a model 3600. This plastic fishing lure measures 3 1/2" in length and weighs in at [...]

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ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association

By | 2017-07-28T11:37:31+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Fly Fishing, NFLCC|

ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association The ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association is a wonderful group of guys and gals focused on and promoting the History of Sport Fishing Reels. If your not a member, you should be. For the membership fees you are given access to more information, history and research capabilities then one could [...]

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Creek Chub Surfster Lure

By | 2017-08-07T08:00:58+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Surfster Lure The Creek Chub Surfster Lure was first introduced in 1953. The lure was given a model series 7200 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This wooden, glass eyed lure looks at first glance very similar to the Pikie with the exception of its hump back styling. This version [...]

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South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

By | 2017-07-26T13:51:52+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug The South Bend Callmac Fly Bug was a series model number 860. The South Bend Bait Company of South Bend Indiana made this Antique Fly Rod Lure was made for over two decades. The lure was first produced beginning in 1921 and ending in or around 1942, you'll note that [...]

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South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

By | 2017-08-07T07:59:56+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure The South Bend Pike Oreno Lure was given a model number 957, by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend, Indiana. The wooden antique lure went through a host of changes in its 21 years. The lure was first introduced in 1931 and lasted all the way until 1952. [...]

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Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:17:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure The Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure had been around for some time before this version was introduced after 1960. The lure made in Paw Paw Michigan, by the Paw Paw Bait Company, was the final metamorphosis of a lure that had seen both body, hook and size and [...]

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Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:18:01+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure The Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure was first introduced in 1927 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. Expanding upon the success of its straight uni-body predecessor the Heddon Vamp, the Jointed Vamp was given a model series 7300. This wooden, glass eyed vintage fishing lure would enjoy success and be in [...]

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Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:19:54+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure was born in Garrett, Indiana. The Creek Chub Bait Company was looking to capitalize on its widely successful Plunker Lure line up. The midget plunker, made of wooden measuring 2 1/4" would be the second to smallest in the line and the smallest wooden [...]

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Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:22:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure The Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure is probably the most synonymous with the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. Although it should be the Floating Bait line, the Pikaroon with its sleek sexy looks and curves, woos most collectors its way. The Pikaroon wasn't originally a Moonlight Bait like the Floater, it [...]

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Shur Strike Pike Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:23:24+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Pike Lure This version Shur Strike Pike Lure was first introduced around 1933 - 1936. This antique lure creation a extension of the Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike name. The Pike was essentially a similar design of the Creek Chub Pikie minnow that had gained worldwide popularity by this point. [...]

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Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:26:49+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure The Trenton Surface Doodler Lure was introduced around 1946. From the same company that brought us the Mad Mouse we have highlighted before, The Trenton Manufacturing Company, Located in Trenton Ohio. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 5/8" in length. The lure seems to take it shape from crossing a [...]

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Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

By | 2017-07-25T07:27:45+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures The Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures are a very distinctive and identifiable series within the Paw Paw Antique Lure line up. The Bonehead refers to Paw Paws molted brown spotted or striped finish. The antique lures were first produced in 1956 and lasted for roughly 8 years. The lures were always [...]

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Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:35:34+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Brook Trout Baptism

By | 2017-07-13T12:49:02+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Brook Trout Baptism Here in the Brook Trout Baptism, out of the book Speckled Brook Trout with Illustrations by famed artist and fisherman Louis Rhead. The book was printed in 1902 and is filled with some great illustrations and even writings by lure maker, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast W.C Harris. Baptism of the Brook Trout [...]

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Sparus Decussatus

By | 2017-07-12T15:07:34+00:00 July 12th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Sparus Decussatus The Sparus Decussatus looks like it belongs off the movie Tron in it geometrical color-scape. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, [...]

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Acanthurus Vittatus

By | 2017-07-10T12:09:22+00:00 July 10th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Acanthurus Vittatus The Acanthurus Vittatus a name nearly as eloquent as its striped & colored beauty. This plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, [...]

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