Antique Lures


1908 Shakespeare Identification

Identifying Shakespeare Lures

Early Shakespeare lures come with distinctive props.  In the top row are the earliest  'A' and 'B' props c.1904-1910.  In the next row are the later 'plain' and 'marked' props which date from c.1910 to 1925.

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Shakespeare hardware is also distinctive because you can look from one side of the lure to the other through the 'see-through' hardware hole.  It's one of the very few lures with this feature.  

(Figure 1) Early c. 1904 hardware with 'gem-clip' has an attachment  through the eye of the hook  which is vertical to the long axis of the lure.  Note the small glass eye with the tiny pupil and 'egg-yolk' color to the eye, the gills are thin and 'sweep' up between the cup and the eye.  The forehead is more peaked and referred to as "high-forehead".

(Figure 2) Later c. 1912 hardware with the 'flat-plate' attachment  through the eye of the hook is horizontal to the long axis of the lure.  Note the glass eye has changed with a larger pupil, and the gill marks are thicker and shorter.  The forehead is more rounded.

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Figure 1: Early gem-clip

Figure 2: Later flat-plate



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