The pre-1920 lure and box

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Notes on Identification of pre-1915 Heddon lures

Extensive charts to help you identify and determine the exact age of Heddon fishing lures, based on information from Clyde Harbin and other who produced this original work over many years.

As one tries to match up early lures with the correct box, the size and length of the lure is a good indication of what lure is correct for a given year or box....within reason!

 

All the information in these personal notes is drawn from the original works of Clyde Harbin in his Heddon Catalogs & Heddon Historical Footprints; The Heddon Legacy, by Roberts and Pavey; and a recent article on Heddon Underwater Minnow Characteristics in the NFLCC Gazette, by Jack Looney; and two articles in the Gazette: Chronology of Heddon Lure Boxes by Bruce Dyer and 8 Years of Heddon Hardware by William Sonnett.   (Specific references on request.)  What I have tried to do is cross reference and coordinate the information in these various articles to put together a chart with corrections made using updated information and hopefully correcting conflicting information.

 

Just when you think you have it all figured out, along comes someone with  better information.  In this case, measuring the length of the minnow in your box may make or ruin your day.   It all depends on if the lure is right or not. 

 

First, let's set up the parameters for how the length of the lure was measured.  It is the length of the wood only, not including the hardware.  The direct distance is measured  from a vertical line drawn perpendicular to the nose and the tail of the wood body.  It is not along the back of the wood as that would measure the curve of the body and increase the length.  (Verification of this technique is from  personal correspondence with Clyde Harbin, Sr. 2/2004)

 

For pure research, I would default to Sonnett's data as it is much more precise and accurate.  This is not to detract from the other works, but just that Sonnett is more research oriented in his history and observations.   When Bill Sonnett speaks, everyone stops and listens!  He IS a scholar.

 

Since my main interest is in early Heddon lures, I'll restrict this information to that era for the Heddon 100 and 150 underwater minnows

 

Year 100 length 150 length Belly Wts. Box / type Notes
03 not made 2  not made 2      
04   2 5/8 4 3 5/8 4 3 small

(100) picture 3

(150) wood I, II

brass hardware
05   2 3/4? 3 1/2 2, 3, or 1 lrg wood III, IV High forehead, brass hardware
06 2 3/4 3 1/2 1 lrg or 2sm wood IV Tapered nose, plated hardware
07   2 3/5 5 3 3/8 1 lrg or 2sm wood V shorter tapered nose
08 2 3/5 3 3/8 1 large

wood V

white

flat bluntnose
09 2 3/5 3 3/8 1 large

wood V 1

 white

pointed bluntnose 
10 2 3/5 3 3/8 1 large white pointed bluntnose
11 2 3/4 3 3/4 1 large white  
12 2 3/4 3 3/4 1 large

Pine Tree

White, blue

 Dlb later, 'spinner' on all
13 2 3/4 3 3/4 1 large dlb blue, white, red border 'spinner' on all
14 2 3/4 3 3/4 1 large dlb red border 'spinner'
15 2 3/4 3 3/4 1 large dlb red border 'spinner'

Notes: Subscript

1. Sonnett states in his article on wood boxes, the wood box ran into the 1909 year.

2. Sonnett states in his article on 8 years of Heddon Hardware,  the first year for the 100 is in 1904.

3. Roberts and Sonnet both note the existence of the 100 picture box in 1904.

4. Measurements of the 1904 Heddon 100 and 150 were taken from new-in-the-wood box examples

5. The 5th's measurements were from the Heddon Catalogs (Harbin, Sr.)

 

The accuracy of the following information is a work in progress at best.  Some of it is drawn from Bill Sonnet's article on 8 years of Heddon Hardware, which I would totally trust and some is from Jack Looney's article on Heddon Configurations, which has multiple omissions and errors.  There is much missing or omitted information.  Consider parts of this chart incomplete and subject to correction.  I'm just trying to cull out the mistakes and blend the information into a useable form.  Nothing is final.

 

Year Hardware Line Tie Eyes Body Shape Cross-section
04 Cone shaped, shallow cup / Flat or low rimmed, flat-bottom brass cup brass yellow slim and thin pointed nose triangular
05 Flat or low rimmed  flat-bottom, brass cup brass / nickel plated white wedge, high forehead triangular/more oval
06 Flat or low rimmed  flat-bottom, Nickel-plated cup nickel plated white tapered slim body
07 Flat or low rimmed  flat-bottom, Nickel-plated cup nickel plated white tapered slim body
08 Flat or low rimmed  flat-bottom, Nickel-plated cup / Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated white

bluntnose

round taper

wider and full
09 Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated white

bluntnose

moderate taper

wider and full
10 Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated white

bluntnose

round taper

wider and full
11 Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated white round taper first fat body
12 Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated Large large and thick  
13 Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated Large large and thick  
14 Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated Large medium taper  
15 Forward raised edge, nickel plated cup nickel plated Large medium taper  

 

 

 

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