pre-1920 Heddon lure and box
Heddon New "Dowagiac" wood box
Knowledge for Advanced Collectors of Heddon
INDEX & ARTICLES
Heddon's NEW "DOWAGIAC MINNOW" wood box
Shown above is a three belly weight 100 in
Fancyback 'green crackleback' with the two way NEW DOWAGIAC MINNOW wood box.
Many of these early wood boxes were not marked, this one is marked correctly for
Two way NEW "DOWAGIAC MINNOW" wood box
Markings on the end of the two way wood box
This is the correct type of marking on
the end of a two way slide New Dowagiac wood box. One way sliders
usually were not marked, but when they were they had simply 100 or 150 on the
end - that's it, no mention of Dowagiac Minnow...
The two way slide tops are the first
to mention color, but Heddon had not yet devised the color code number system
that we find in the 'Hung!' box and later boxes. Heddon would simply put
Dowagiac MINNOW with emphasis on MINNOW and either 100, 150, 175 or 300 with
the color being spelled out in between the MINNOW and the 'No.' lines.
The two way slide boxes held the very
first 300 and 175 lures and are much rarer than the one way sliders. Again,
like the one way slide boxes - two way slide New Dowagiac boxes are rarely
found marked on the ends."