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Knowledge for Advanced Collectors of Heddon


Heddon Lure Shapes and Details

Heddon lures varied over the years and many of the details that differentiate one lure from the other are very important.  Here are some "notes" on various Heddon minnows.  Definitions and descriptions are presented to help you decide exactly what age lure you have and exactly when it was made.

Body style: the top lure is a later "thin" Heddon body which has blush (sprayed on gill marks as opposed the lower earlier lure which has a "fat" body and hand painted gill marks.  Both lures have marked props with the word "Dowagiac" stamped on the prop which is indicative of the post 1912 time frame.  Another detail to note is the length of the wood body of lures.  If you are measuring a lure, measure from wood tip to wood tip.  Not hardware to hardware tip. 

Gill marks on marked prop, Heddon L-rig 150's: From the left, sprayed on blush (later); red nose or head; no gill marks on a frog scale; hand painted gill marks on a fat body.  The fat body would be the older lure because of the size and hand painted gill marks.

Belly weight: This Heddon lure has a single large belly weight and no stencil on the belly.  Only the later lures are stenciled on the belly with Heddon and the lure name.

Belly weights: An early Heddon 150 with small belly weight  and two regular belly weights,  with sweeping gill marks that extend all the way back to the cup.

A later Heddon 150 with the stencil on the belly.  Many of these lures were made of Gum wood instead of the earlier Cedar.  Paint loss is more common with the gum wood bodies.

A 1904 Heddon three belly weight Heddon 150.  Note the thin tapered nose, sweeping gill marks, and the 'egg yolk' eye.
Heddon gill Marks and head shape: These three lures are from left to right, Heddon 100 c. 1908 blunt nose, Heddon 150, c. 1908 blunt nose, and a high forehead 150, c. 1905.  Note the sweeping gill marks into the cup on the early 150 to the right.  The middle 150 has shorter gill marks and a noticeably more rounded nose.  The smaller 100 on the left has only two gill marks as opposed to the three gill marks on the 150's.  The high forehead has brass hardware and the others have nickel plated hardware.

A close-up view of the sweeping gill marks into the Heddon cup area in the lower photo to illustrate the difference in the two types.  The top lure is a 1908 version of the 150 with a "blunt nose".  The middle photo is of the earlier 1905 150 with a much more pointed nose as well as the more dramatic gill marks.  The bottom photo is of a 1905 high forehead 300, again with sweeping gill marks.  Note too, the gold wash cups on the 1905 lures.

Transitional 1904-5 Heddon high forehead 300 with red blush on chin.  There are no hand painted gill marks on this version during 1904,  instead there is the sprayed red  blush on the chin.
About 1912, Heddon started stamping their logo "Dowagiac" on the props.   The upper photo shows the earlier unmarked prop and the lower photo the marked prop.

The styles of the nose section.  Note at the top of the photo, the 1905 vintage high forehead minnow with the sharp pointed head, next down is the 1908 version of the "blunt nose" 150 which would be found in the later wood boxes,  the 1912 type which would be found in the Pinetree box or in the white box with the double blue lines on the border, progressing into the early 1920's fat body style and finally, the last two are about the same type with the more usual slim body.

From top to bottom: 1905,1908, 1912 150's.

From top to bottom: 1920's fat body, later 1920's and early 1930's L-rig type bodies.



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