Pre-1920 lure and boxes
Box Paper Sequences
Knowledge for Advanced Collectors of Heddon and
INDEX & ARTICLES
Heddon Box Paper Brochure Sequences
Copyright 2000, by Joe
'The Expert' Stagnitti who knows more about antique fishing lures,
boxes, and paper than anyone, and I for one, am a better person for
having known Joe Stag.
Collectors as well as fishermen
often switch the box paperwork and lure in a given box. Knowing the
correct Heddon paperwork and the time frame of its use can help date a Heddon
box and lure. The pieces of the puzzle are: dating the lure by the
hardware, getting the correct box with the correct marking for the given lure,
and then placing the correct paperwork in the right box. Not an easy
task and few collectors can do it correctly.
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"The Why Of It!". The first Heddon of the wood box papers. The company
name is James Heddon and Son. Left: Found in the one way
slide top box that says "The New Dowagiac Minnow" on the lid, containing
the c.1904, 3 belly weight baits. Has the word "Because" listed seven
times, no printing on the back. Right: came with the two way wood
slide top box that says "The New Dowagiac Minnow" on the lid, and the c.
1905-1907 boxes that have an exclamation point after the word "hung". It
shows the 150, slopenose, and 300 on the back and has the word "Because" 6
times on the left margin.
The Last two 100 papers. Left: Company name is James Heddon and
Son. Shows the 150, slopenose, and two of the following...300,
surface bucktail, or artistic minnow. Right: James Heddon and
Sons (1911). The white pasteboard box paper. Shows the 150, slope,
bucktail, and the artistic. All of the prices have been reduced to make
way for the new stock
|Company name is
James Heddon and Son (1902-1908). Left: Paperwork for the 175. c.
1906-1909. Found in wood boxes only. Right: Paperwork for the 400. c1909
(possibly 1908) found in white box for the surface bucktail minnow.
Company name is James Heddon and Sons (1909 - 1911). Left:
Paperwork found in the last of the wood boxes (1909/10), the white
pasteboard boxes (1909-11), the "Bass Logo" box (1909-11?), and the
"swimming minnow" intro boxes. Right: Paperwork found in the last
of the white pasteboard boxes and the very first red, white, or blue
border boxes (c1911-12). Note the phrase "Heddon's Dowagiac" stamped on
the spinners. This phrase was introduced in the late 1911 season for the
new marked spinners - 1912.
Dummy Double papers. Football rig, long version. Top Right:
c.1914-15? Dummy Double papers. Football rig, short version. Bottom
Right: c.1915-18 Dummy Double papers. L-rig, short version (only
|Found in the
folded type boxes. Note the "Vampire". This dates to 1919/1920, and may go