Collectible Shakepeare Fishing Tackle


2015-06-26 11:24:03

Collectible Shakepeare Fishing Tackle

Collectible Shakepeare Fishing Tackle is vintage fishing tackle produced by the American company Shakespeare.


Brief history

Shakespeare's fishing tackles have become some of the most popular and recognizable products in the fishing industry thanks to Williams Shakespeare, Jr. establishing the company in 1896 with the sole desire to improve the quality of existing fishing reels.

Since the company was established, it has released numerous different high-quality fishing products such as the push-button Wondercast® spinning reel in 1953, and the EZCast® spincasting reel in 1997, to name a few.

Shakespeare was elected to the National Sporting Goods Hall of Fame in 1959.

Types of Collectible Shakepeare Fishing Tackle

Shakespeare fishing tackles

Jackson's Auction in Cedar Falls, Iowa sold a lot of 75 different vintage fishing tackles including one Shakespeare fishing tackle along with others by Heddon, South Bend and Rapala for $250 in March of 2006.

Pook & Pook, Inc. in Downingtown, Pennsylvania sold a group of various fishing tackles and reels, one of which was a Shakespeare Mouse for $100 in May of 2009.

Shakespeare tackle seats

Bonham's in Honiton sold a large Shakespeare tackle seat including an ABU Cardinal 553 GLX fixed spool spinning reel with a spare drum, a Shakespeare Alfa X 030 with a skirted spool, a Shakespeare Canal four piece carbon rod in a cloth bag, and various other fishing equipment pieces for £190 in October of 2005.

Shakespeare reels

Gordon's Estate Services, Auction Services Division in Kingston, Ontario, Canada sold a Shakespeare fishing tackle reel (still in its original box) for $60 CAD in September of 2007.

DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan sold a 1920 Shakespeare Wondercast reel (still in its original box) along with a metal tackle box, a 5" bait casting road and various other wooden lures and fishing equipment pieces for $125 in September of 2009.

Lang's Auction in Waterville, New York sold:

  • Three Shakespeare feather weight trout reels (one of which includes a round perforated spool version) for $175 in November of 2008.
  • Two Shakespeare Speedex MK II trout reels for $75 in November of 2008.
  • Four Shakespeare winner trout reels (one aluminium, one with a brass finish reel, and two with a black finish), all of which feature spools "resembling" early Rochester Reel Co. products for $75 in November of 2008.

Tackle boxes

Affiliated Auctions in Tallahassee, Florida sold a vintage mahogany tackle box (18" x 9" x 7") which contained a Shakespeare "Triumph" reel, a Shakespeare boxed lure as well as various other fishing equipment pieces for $550 in July of 2010.

Shakespeare lure boards

Lang's Auction in Waterville, New York sold a saleman's sample Shakespeare and South Bend lure board with 14 original baits, four Shakespeare Hydroplane baits and various other South Bend lures for $525 in April of 2009.

Shakespeare fishing tackle catalogs

Lang's Auction in Waterville, New York sold a rare 1909 Shakespeare catalog titled "Fine Fishing Tackle from the William Shakespeare Jr. Company of Kalamazoo, MI) for $1,500 in April of 2006.

Guide for collectors

Vintage Shakespeare reels are considered to be more rare and valuable among collectors, as well as Shakespeare fishing tackle catalogs from the early 1900s.

Restoration of a Shakespeare fishing reel, lure or lure board is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an item may decrease it's value).

For more information regarding where to find Shakespeare fishing tackles, visit Shakespeare's official website or Pure Fishing.

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