How to identify
pre-1940 wood fishing lures and lure boxes
1. Lures or boxes: Remember this
is about pre-1940 lures and boxes.
Lures: Is the body of the lure
made of wood? If you answered yes, then
continue and go to 2
Boxes: If you have a box in legible condition
(you can figure out what it says on the box), please proceed to number 4 and read about
2. Eyes: glass, decal, or
Click here to see the
difference in types of eyes.
Many times the approximate
age of the lures can be determined by the type of eyes. Glass eyes are the oldest
(pre-1950) and painted or decal eyes the newest...(post 1940). In between were
what are called tack eyes and they are also too new to fall in the pre-1940 time frame.
Does the lure have
painted or tack eyes? If you answered yes, then stop
If the lure has glass or no
eyes, then continue to step 3. ( Note...some older lures have no eyes.)
3. Condition of lures:
Condition is important
because there is little interest in collecting lures in bad or used condition.
If the paint and varnish is in great condition....continue.
First determine if the
paint is complete, that there are no chips of paint off down to the wood, and no deep
surface scratches? If you can answer yes to these condition questions, then
continue to step 4.
If the condition is
only about very good, then stop.
I don't collect lures which have scratches, paint missing, chips, or are in generally used
or heavily fished condition.
4. Grading lures and
Next you need to determine
the approximate grade and condition of the lure or box. The objective is to
eliminate lures in less than very good condition all together. Boxes are a little
different matter as there is no paint to evaluate.
lures Grading is very hard to do, but you need to determine if the lures are in
very good condition or better and especially if they are somewhere near excellent. The exact grade is not important. What we want to do is eliminate discussion of lures
that are beat up or have paint chipped off. I only buy and collect lures in excellent minus or
better condition, but in some circumstances, older (pre-1920) lures are of interest if in
very good condition. But, if there is paint missing from the lure, there is no
boxes I buy and collect a lot of different kinds of boxes. (Click here to see a
list of the various miscellaneous companies I collect.)
After you grade the boxes, you need to figure out if it has a number on the end of the
box. Here are some examples of Heddon boxes with the numbers on the end of the box:
Heddon box numbers. Other companies put numbers or
descriptions on the top of the boxes or on paper labels on the end of the box. If
you know the numbers and description on the box, you pretty much know what you have.
I buy boxes in all kinds of condition, but I need to know the company and numbers on the
5. Measuring a wood lure:
when you measure a lure, measure it from wood end to wood end. Not
hardware to hardware or tip to tip. Wood to wood end. Lengths of
certain wood lures will differentiate them. Three hook lures usually
are smaller than five hook lures, etc.
Who made the lure or box?
Now we want to figure out which
company made the lure. The best way to do that is to look at examples and see if you
can come close to the various examples on this site. Here's a list of the major
Wanted: Lures, boxes, catalogs, advertising, or brochures by smaller
and miscellaneous companies like these...
ABBEY & IMBRIE
Charmer Minnow Co
Ans. B. Decker
Detroit Bait Co.
North Channel Minnow
Detroit Glass Minnow tube
Enterprise Mfg. Co.
Haas Tackle Co.
Riley Haskel metal lure
Kalamazoo Fishing Tackle
Fred C. Keeling Co.
Moonlight Bait Co.
Outing Mfg. Co.
Fred A. Pardee
Joe E. Pepper
Pontiac Mfg. Co.
Shakespeare Tackle Co.
Welch & Graves glass tube
Wilson Bait Co.
Clinton Wilt Mfg. Co.
F.G.Worden Bait Co.,
Call or e-mail for prices on miscellaneous company lures and boxes like these...
CALL FOR QUOTES
Lure prices and more types wanted
A Full list of the type
of lures wanted by photos
Now that you have some idea
what you have, look at the prices for the types of lures we collect:
Now send me an e-mail giving me
an approximate list of the kinds of lures or boxes you have. The contact information
is at the bottom of the page or call me at home in the evenings. If you want to get
the highest price for your lures, communication is the answer. I've done all the
work for you up to this point. Now you have to make that call or type the e-mail.
Contact information for selling your lures