Pflueger Pine Cone Scale Spinner Lure
The Pflueger Pine Cone Scale Spinner lure can date all the way back to the late 1800’s. One of the keys to Pflueger’s success (no pun intended) in the fishing lure arena has always been tied to its sale of metal spoons. A concept which was due to being a product of its day its age in the industry and its broad spectrum of uses. Most all, with the exception of a dozen or 2 lures made before 1900 were predominately metal. Yes there were other mediums, rubber, crystal, silk but the majority of major lure makers were using metal. People like Chapman, Buel, Mann, Loftie, Skinner, TH Bate to name a few, they all had deep ties to the early fishing industry and paved the way with different types of metal spinners and spoons from the plane flat and fluted blades to intricate works of revolving 3 dimensional art. So it would be only right for a company who got its first fishing related patent in 1883 to have some fine metal lures.
If one was to use an analogy akin to fine spirits, wood lures would be the beer, and metal lures can be drinking a fine scotch. Can you tell I’m a fan of metal lures? They get better with age. Now its time for a general service announcement. Please for the love of antiquities, do not polish metal lures. You can do with your antique lures as you like but if you ever would like to pass those on to a metal collector the patina is welcomed. I got off track there a bit, but this is a antique lure blog not a book. The lure shown below dates to around the turn of the century,and is a great example of what a Pine Cone or Scale Spinner is.
Pflueger Pine Cone Scale Gallery