Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

Rhodes Mechanical Frog

The Rhodes Mechanical Frog lure in the correct wooden box combines 2 different things that antique lure collectors get excited about. First off, a wood box lure, who doesn’t like just the sound of that. This antique lure box shows the printed images clearly, and shows the patent date of October 31, 1905 and a second date of July 3rd, 1906 on the end label of the box. It also give you a glimpse in the world of a 100 or century old lure marketing and cataloging with a No. 3 GWF model.

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On the front on the wood box it exclaims; Always Alive, Always Kicking, Never Tires Never Dies.

Secondly in the Combos a great antique frog lure. The Shakespeare Rhodes frog is a early 1900’s rubber frog antique lure that when the line tie is pulled the legs kick. For every good one out there there’s 10 that the legs are broke and unfortunately that’s just the nature of early rubber and fishing lures, time is not on their side. The lure itself dates to around 1909 or before. Shakespeare purchased the rights to this lure from Rhodes. The lure is 3 1/4 inches and can also be found in a cardboard gray picture box. The lure has a weighted abdomen, one forward double hook, and two rear single hooks attached via a wire through construction on each side of the legs.

Rhodes Mechanical Frog Gallery

Here’s an neat read, and incredibly old article from 1906 describing what they deem interesting new lures .  I apologize, as its hard to read due to the quality of the paper and scan and trying to blow it up to make it readable. But it says:

The Rhodes Mechanical Frog in wonderful imitation of the real frog with legs that draw up to the body when the frog is at rest, and which spring out to full length as the frog is drawn through the water, is another of this season’s novelties. Nothing better in the way of imitation of natural motion of any lure used in fishing has so far come on the market and it is safe to say that this lure will do great execution during the coming season.

Rhodes Mechanical Frog Lure Article from 1906 Rhodes Mechanical Frog Lure Article from 1906


2016-12-13T08:28:15+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Rhodes Mechanical Frog in Wood Box

New Winner Wood Minnow Lure

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. Through out the fishing industry we see once again wholesalers, and jobbers, taking the product of another manufacturer and either adding their own touch or just repackaging the initial product. Big trade houses, Sears, Montgomery Ward, HSBC and others were locked into the century long “department store wars” each trying to offer everything under the sun a consumer could want at the lowest possible price. This would allow a consumer a one stop shop from everything from baseball gear to clothes and household items. Try looking through a catalog from 1915 vs 2015 for a comparison. The fishing lure companies at the time would benefit by increased volume sales and recognition, but at a cost to move volume usually at a lower margin. Selling to jobber companies was not about what was best for the consumer, it was what was the cheapest, sounds like Walmart of today.

This version or New Winner was Shakespeare Bait Company. The antique fishing lure housed inside this slide top wooden box is a Rhodes or Shakespeare 33 underwater minnow lure. The antique lure has 3 treble hooks, 2 of which are attached to the lure with Shakespeare’s flat plate hardware and unmarked front and rear props. This wooden antique lure with glass eyes is green fancy back in color, and the condition speaks for itself. The box is unmarked on the end caps so we cant see a designation for the lure accompanying it. There are various versions of this box some which have a paper label and a model number on the top and later a cardboard box.

New Winner Wooden Minnow

2016-06-18T03:03:58+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on New Winner Wood Minnow Lure

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