Circa 1902-1960








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Copyrighted 1997


1902 - 1960

The Pre-1920 Heddon & Shakespeare Lure and Box Site

Advanced Knowledge About Collecting Antique Fishing Lures

Featuring extensive educational, pricing, 7141 images, and identification information for pre-1960 antique fishing lures and lure boxes from the collections of Dr. Michael Echols

 Brought to you by: Phillip "Gabby" Talkington

Life Member:  National Fishing Lure Collectors Club

"Lures Wanted: single pieces or whole collections bought"

  I BUY ANTIQUE FISHING LURES and will pay up to $8,000 for quality items.  Sell me your antique fishing tackle or we both may lose.   Pre-1960 Fishing Lure Appraisals provided at no charge.  Please text/email photos at Contact information.

Gabby's Antique Fishing Lure Prices

Last update: 03/15/2022 05:17 PM

AntiqueLures Website is about:

Early (pre-1960) antique fishing lures and lure boxes made by: Heddon, Shakespeare, Pflueger, South Bend, as well as early miscellaneous lure companies.   This is where you can sell your lures or find information about:

  • Educational material on early fishing lure collecting and identification
  • How to grade antique lures and lure boxes
  • Pricing of wood lures and lure boxes and where to find books on old fishing lures
  • A toll free phone number to call if you want to sell your collection or individual lures
  • Early fishing lure history, manufacturer's catalogs, and lure box brochures
  • Referral services for people who want to sell their lures to a collector
  • How to collect and what you need to know to survive this hobby

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This extensive educational site presents the quality antique lure collection of Dr. Michael Echols and has both art and history from the early part of 1900's.   If you would like to collect or sell your antique lures, this is the place to learn how, however there is nothing on the site made after 1960.  AntiqueLures Website was the first antique lure and tackle site on the web.  It was created by Dr. Echols and copyrighted Feb. 1, 1997.  The entire site has been totally renovated as of Jan. 15, 2020.

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Pflueger, Shakespeare, Early Miscellaneous, South Bend


Pre-1920 Heddon Lure Site Index

Antique Lure Photos, and Advanced Collector Articles on Heddon Lures


James Heddon & Son   -   James Heddon's Sons

Dowagiac, Michigan


1903 - 1920


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Heddon Lures and Boxes


Heddon Early Collection photos:


 Collection Set One of Two

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 Collection Set Two of Two

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Articles on Early Heddon Lures and Boxes


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Heddon Dowagiac


 1913 Heddon Catalog

Lure collecting addiction: a serious problem, an article about buying too many lures

Pre-1920 Heddon lure identification, a point by point method to identify a lure

Heddon lure identification by type of hardware.  Photos and text explanations

Heddon 100 and 150 statistics to help match correct lure and box

Heddon 250 notes and the color Welbourne Special

1905 to 1908 comparative nose anatomy to identify Heddon lures

Lure construction details for identification

Heddon wood boxes: identification and dating.  Photos of wood boxes

Heddon 150 color chart from the early catalogs

Heddon 1908 color chart  contract lures from Norvell-Shapleigh Hardware Co.

Colors by rarity for selected early Heddon lures, two pages

Old yellow and old rainbow Heddon colors

Early and later sienna colors of Heddon lures

Color chart for identification of Heddon box numbers

1904-1912 model 100 body shapes and boxes.  Photos of minor variations

1904-5 body style with cut off nose and tail

1905 model 100 body styles, colors, and shapes.  More photos

1906 vs 1908 100 and 150 body and cups

1906 vs 1908 175 lure, box, and paper

Manufacture date sequences for early Heddon lures

Four hook Heddon Slopenose Expert Dowagiac with gold wash cups

Heddon 'Florida Special' lure and Artistic box



Heddon Lure Boxes:

Lure box identification: 1904-1930.  Photos of early and rare Heddon boxes

Lure box identification: examples of early pre-1920 boxes, box side data

Lure Hardware & Lure Box Identification 1904 to 1930.  Photos of lure details

Wood lure boxes by Heddon, identification and discussion

NEW-DOWAGIAC lure wood box, identification and markings 

Heddon white lure box vs Pine Tree lure box 100 body shape comparison 

Lure box early brochure paper and which Heddon box is correct



1910 Heddon Catalog


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Heddon, dates, manufacture, lure name, slopenose, Dowagiac, underwater, minnow, Slopenose Dowagiac,  Expert, Dowagiac Minnow, Coast Minnow, Light Casting Minnow, Florida Special, Florida Special, Baby Dowagiac, Walton Feather Tail, Artistic Minnow, Dowagiac Minnow, River Runt, Torpedo, Flipper, SOS, Surface Minny, Surface Minnow, Musky Surfusser, Ice Decoy, Killer, Multiple Metal Minnow, Salt Water Special , Musky Minnow, Swimming Minnow, Black Sucker, Dummy Double, Deep diving Wiggler, Near Surface Wiggler, Crab Wiggler, Baby Crab Wiggler, Midget Crab Wiggler, Spin Diver, Heddon lures and boxes.  Research on Heddon Dowagiac fishing lures and boxes.  Heddon wood boxes with underwater minnows.  Articles on collecting cup-rig lures, High forehead lures and Heddon white boxes, Photos and information on the Slope nose picture box, down leaping bass box, Heddon Pine Tree box, blue border box, white border box, Artistic box, multiple minnow box, Heddon 'It Swims' box, Killer box, grading lures, lure collecting

All photos and articles on this website are the intellectual and digital property of Dr. Michael Echols.  None of the photos, digital content, or intellectual property may be used on another website or in print without the expressed written consent of Dr. Michael Echols or his heirs.  Copyright 1997.  All offers to buy or purchase antique tackle via this site is the prerogative of Phillip 'Gabby' Talkington and is not associated with or the responsibility of Dr. Michael Echols in any way.