Pepper Roamer Antique Lure
The Pepper Roamer Antique Lure was patented in 1908. Joseph E Pepper of Rome, New York the inventor of this bug type lure. Whether from 235 1/2 South James Street, or 217 Lynch Street in Rome New York Pepper would rival in production the variety of lures to that of any of the top tier lure maker. Pepper would fasten from wood to feather, from metal to rubber composition a multiplicity of fishing lures to attract a great number of types of fish. From a family who’s roots grew deep Joseph would create many items such as the Roamer lure for us collectors to covet.
The Roamer, patent number 855861 was issued in 1908 in the US and 1909 in Canada and can be seen below. With a rounded head and a cigar shaped tapered thorax, the Roamer antique fishing lure was made of wood. The fishing lure featured a series of legs down each side of the abdomen made from rubber at first then string. When reeled in the legs would move back and forth to imitate the motion of that of a live bug. The lure can be found with variations of both eyes and a front and rear spinners or the lack there of.
The Roamer was said to have been made in 5 different sizes and came housed in a Purple labeled picture box. The antique fishing lure had 3 trebles, two located just to the rear of where the head meets the body and the third on the rear screw eye behind the optional rear spinner. The antique Roamer lure was offered in quite a few different color variations.
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Shown above the in 1908 Edition of Hardware exclaims; “The Roamer bait is a very practical little device in as much as it presents a really life like appearance in the water, as mentioned by the concern, and in that respect alone should appeal strongly to customers. It is so constructed that its legs are in constant motion, which affect tends to attract fish. The bait is manufactured in different coloring’s and its body is 3 1/4″ long. Dealers should write to the manufacturer for samples.”
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It is always working the legs are white and are in constant motion, thereby attracting the fish.Different Coloring’s. Looks life like in the water. It floats. Sure to please your fisherman’s friends. Ask for prices and full description.
Joseph E Pepper