Antique fishing lures
Fishing lures areusually very colorful and meticulously-made so they look like fish prey. There are rubber, bone, plastic, and even bronze lures but the ones most popular with collectors are the wooden lures. Overview and history
The history of commercial fishing lures can be traced to the 1800s. Most early lures were crafted out of wood and were shaped like frogs to draw fish. Instead of rods, they were also hooked to broomsticks. The first fish lures were designed to replace conventional live baits such as small animals and worms. One advantage to using them was they were reusable unlike their “live” counterparts.
Later on, makers used metal to create lures. They also painted them with very attractive and striking colours to lure fish in. Most collectors prefer wooden lures than lures made of other materials, such as metal and plastic. Vintage plastic lures are known for their durability and long life, while metal ones possess good commercial value.
Collectors value antique baits based on condition, material, colour, and age. Understandably, an antique lure that is in good condition can fetch a better price than one that is just of average condition. Vintage fishing lures are available in auctions and antique dealer houses. There are some Internet sites too that offer these types of lures. One thing good though about vintage fishing lure collecting is that it is not an expensive hobby.
Collecting vintage fishing lures
Up until the start of the 20th century, most fishing lures were handmade by craftsmen and were crafted on a per order basis. These lures are the ones that many collectors want to acquire and own. For a lure to be considered antique, it generally has to be made during the early part of the 20th century or earlier. Back then, there were only a handful of lure manufacturers. It is thus not considered uncommon today to find antique lures from the same company being sold in antique and pawn shops.
One other way to determine if a particular fishing lure is indeed antique is if it appears to be handmade. The hooks of early lures also look far different than ones found in lures today as they are generally cruder in design. Popular vintage fishing lure manufacturers include Pfleuger, Creek Club, Shakespeare, and Heddon.
Collectible antique lure brands
William Shakespeare was a Michigan based lure manufacturer. At the beginning, they used aluminium to make simple looking lures. They were however one of the first makers to produce rubber lures, which they designed to appear like real frogs. Some of their products worked while underwater, while some floated. However, one distinct feature among Shakespeare lures is that all had multiple hooks. During the 1920s and 1930s, the company made fishing lures that looked like mice.
Pflueger, was another highly respected 19th century lure manufacturer. It was known to have on occasions sold lures under the brand name Enterprise Manufacturing Company. In 1899, it produced a lure that featured glass eyes, while in the 1880s it came out with lures that were painted with luminous colours.
In the year 1906, three friends established Creek Chub in Indiana. Their first lure was called the Wiggler. Later on they made lures that flopped at their joints or moved their tails. Creek Chub was also known to have manufactured lures that floated upside down, suggesting that they were injured.