The pre-1920 lure and box



Knowledge for Advanced Collectors of Heddon



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Below are various types of Heddon lure boxes in order of age

Heddon wood box, Heddon white box, Heddon Slope nose picture box, down leaping bass box, Heddon Pine Tree box, Heddon blue border box, Heddon white border box, Heddon Artistic box, Heddon multiple minnow, Heddon 'It Swims' box, Killer box,

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c. 1903, "Heddon Slopenose picture box"

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c. 1907-8, Heddon Artistic Minnow box

c. 1909, Heddon Multiple Metal Minnow "white box" with double border

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c. 1909-11 "Heddon 'standard' White box with blue line border"

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c. 1910 Heddon Intro box for the Swimming Minnow #900 in white box

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c. 1904 Heddon wood box, with one way slide top box, The "New" Dowagiac Minnow, with thumbnail notch

c. 1908 "Heddon Dowagiac wood box" with two way sliding top and no thumbnail notch

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c. 1913 "Heddon Pine Tree box", pine trees in the background with up leaping (to left)  Bass

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c. 1912-1913, Heddon "blue border" and blue box down leaping Bass box

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c. 1912-1913, Heddon "white border" and white box down leaping Bass box

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c. 1914-1920, Heddon "Game Fish", down leaping bass box with red edge

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c. 1920's-1927, Heddon "Genuine", down leaping Bass box with red edge.  Last shown in the 1927 catalog.

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Down Leaping Bass Box sequence and nomenclature

These Heddon boxes are arranged from oldest at the top to newer at  the bottom. All are for yellow 150's.  The two top boxes have the early logo with the words  "Heddon's" whereas the bottom box has the word  "Genuine".  Note the two top boxes spell out "Yellow 150" but the later bottom box uses the more common "150Y".  The top box is a "tall" box of the type used for fat body 150's.  The middle and bottom boxes are more typical for the slim body 150's.

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More information to identify your box

Heddon sequences

1. Down bass box..."Stamped on the Spinners" on long side with red, white, or blue border is first.  This is for a cup rigged bait and probably extends into the first l-rig period.  (Heddon's Dowagiac Game Fish Minnow on top)  There are two stages of this box: If the end only has " Pat., Dec. 1, 1902 " this is the first stage box for "Stamped on the spinner".  If it has both " Pat. Dec. 1, 1902 " on the left side of the end and "Other pat. appl. for" on the right,  then it is the second stage for " Stamped on the spinner".

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2. Down bass box..."Stamped on the Metal" on long side with red border is second. Cup rig or L-rig until around 1924(approximately)(Heddon's Dowagiac Game Fish Minnow on top)

3. Down bass box..."Look for Heddon Trademark" on long side...L-rig and toilet seat hardware. (Genuine Heddon Dowagiac Minnow on top)

4. Upward Bass Box...found with L-rig, toilet seat, and two-piece rig.