"contract" fishing lure wood boxes
Pflueger made lures
for what were termed contract
suppliers such as hardware stores
or fishing tackle supply houses who put the Pflueger baits in their own paper labeled
boxes. Finding what appears to be a Pflueger in a strange box is not all that unusual,
Senate wooden minnow, Frost company, Gold Seal, Ketch'em, Worden,
Marvelus wooden minnow,
Here are eight
contract boxes, wood and cardboard in which one would expect to find Pflueger minnows.
In the wood boxes, you should expect to find a minnow with small cups and see-thru
hardware hook hangers. The cardboard box would have a minnow with NeverFail
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Below are four
different types of wood boxes with lures from that era.
Top right, an early gem clip type
hardware three hook underwater with small cups in a rare "metallic" silver-blue.
I'm told by Dan Magers that the bubbling in the paint is typical of this color and is down
under the lacquer coat. Note: the more blunt nose of the lure compared to the one above.
The wood box was a generic contract box, again consistent with the gem clip era use of
wood boxes for Monarchs. The Monarchs have a more triangular body and are much thicker
than these baits.
Top left, another contract box
minnow: the "Marvelus Wooden Minnow" wood box contains a three hook c. 1910
Pflueger in Perch with gem clip hardware.
Bottom left, an early gem clip type
hardware, three hook underwater, with the small cups, in rainbow color. This hardware was
similar to the Shakespeare gem clip design and was discontinued after a suit brought by
Shakespeare for patent infringement. Apparently the Neverfail hardware was better anyway.
The wood box is consistent with the gem clip era Monarch's. This particular wood box with
paper label was from the Simmons Hardware Co. who called their Pflueger-made contract bait
a "Ketch-em" wooden minnow.
Note: small gem clips and very
small cups differentiate this bait from a Shakespeare on first look. The props and
extensions look similar to the later Shakespeare smooth props too. It's very easy to
confuse early Pflueger and Shakespeare due to similar gem clip hardware.
Bottom right, is a five hook
"Gold Seal" brand wood box with a Pflueger five hook Monach which has the later
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Below, are a couple of contract
boxes used to house a five hook Champion minnow. The Champion was a lower cost
minnow with brass tack eyes and produced by Pflueger with gem clip
hardware in the 1910 era.
Shown are the two maroon boxes
each had one of these minnows in each of them. The boxes are marked for the
Wood Minnow, Diamond MFG. Co, St. Louis, U.S.A., and One Triumph Wood Minnow,
Triumph Manufacturing Company, Louisville, U.S.A.
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