Morphy Auctions to launch new department with antique fishing sale
Morphy Auctions is set to launch a new department this week, with a dedicated sale specializing in antique fishing lures and tackle.
The auction features more than 500 lots of fishing lures, reels and tackle, along with other related accessories and vintage advertising.
The sale's leading lot is a highly rare Heddon salesman’s sample case dating from 1915. The hinged case contains 70 colorful mounted, unused and unrigged Heddon lures in remarkably original condition, and is expected to sell for $100,000-$200,000.
"[It's] arguably it’s the best piece in the history of tackle collecting," said Joe Stagnitti, the renowned fishing lure and tackle expert who will head Morphy's new department.
"Last year the case was consigned to me to sell privately on behalf of its owner. I arranged the sale to a collector last February, and now it has come to Morphy’s as the headliner of our first-ever fishing lure and tackle auction.
"It’s especially significant that the case is being sold now because 2015 marks its one-hundredth birthday. I can’t think of a finer item to represent the launch of our new department."
Many of the most notable lots originate from a single-owner estate collection, with lures representing almost every American manufacturer.
"Our featured collection, which is from Pennsylvania, was built over forty years, but even over a period of time that long, it’s incredible that one person could have amassed such an eclectic, high-quality collection," said Stagnitti.
Further standout lots include a circa-1880 Philbrook & Paine marbleized salmon reel, described as “a true investment-quality piece of fishing tackle history,” estimated at $20,000-$25,000; an H.L. Leonard bronze and silver raised-pillar salmon reel patented 1877, estimated at $15,000-$20,000; a coveted Detroit Wiggle Tail Minnow lure estimated at $7,000-$10,000; and a Riley Haskell Minnow lure estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
The Morphy Auctions Antique Fishing Tackle auction takes place in Denver, Pennsylvania on October 24.
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