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Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Heart Shaped Spoon

This is an early Charles Hibbard Antique Lure. Charles A Hibbard of Grand Rapids Michigan was one of the pre 1900’s antique lure makers. This heart shaped spinner or spoon bears the stamp Hibbard, Pat March 25, 84. Hibbard became part of the L.S. Hill Company in 1879 and may have gone on his own not long after.

Both Hill and Hibbard lures featured patents that used or were center around a way to keep the spinner or spoon blade away from the shaft of the lure upon retrieval. The heart shaped spinner employs the use of his patented device. The Patent was number 295,758 and was granted on March 25th 1884.  You can find a few variations of Hibbard’s spoons, some that look like the typical L.S. Hill willow leaf, another in the shape of a fish and this one. Any that you find are not a common by any means.

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-29T08:45:06+00:00 June 29th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

The Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure was first introduced around 1924. This model 972 made by the Shakespeare Bait Company, of Kalamazoo, Michigan measures 5″ in length. This antique spinning lure came with a front fluted spinner attached to the shaft of the rig. The lure has the traditional red paint on the back half of the spoon, and is labeled on the front. The lure was followed by a 3 prong dressed and bound stacked deer hair tail. The stacked deer hair was woven or held together over the shafts (Sometimes referred to as the bug) of the hooks leaving the tip shank open, or exposed. This antique lure setup was available in three different sizes, Bass, Pike and Muskie, and larger game fish.

Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

2016-08-19T23:58:16+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Antique Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Shakespeare Musky Trolling Minnow Lure

JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon

JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon

This JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon is kind of a 19th Century fishing lure head scratcher for me. The spoon is marked JD Allen, South Otselic, NY and a size number 4. What is the confusing part is, in Arlan’s book he lists JD Allen being from South Otselic and being a antique lure maker in 1892. If you then turn to page 253, it shows M.B. Allen being from Battle Creek Michigan. Mason B Allen having a patent on the clasp used to attach the lure to the shaft and producing the same shape spinner antique lure. However, I have never been able to find the relation between the two, via ancestry or other web sites. There is no sharing or splitting of the patent, patent number 527,259. I do have other J.D Allen spoons made in different shapes and none are marked with a patent like the M B Allen example. If it were modern day it would be a long days drive, however in the 19th century it could make for a few weeks to a months travel.

If you know the answer, and would be so kind to share it with me, you would make my day. I also am seeking out other examples of this 19th Century Lure maker’s makers lures, as I’m from a small country town in Upstate NY 20 miles from South Otselic, NY which in 1850 had a larger population then in 1950.

Mason B Allen Lure Patent Info

JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon Photo Gallery

2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 18th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Comments Off on JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon

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