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VietVet68
05-17-2005, 09:16 AM
OK, gang....I realize this might be off topic a bit but I wanted to get this mystery lure in front of as many eyes as I could.

A friend of my wife gave me a ton of old fishing tackle to give an approx. value to. I have been doing this for years and between my catalog library and Ebay I am rarely stumped unless it was a one of a kind hand carved, or a few of a kind prototype. But this one has me scratching my head. Here is the description, with pictures below.

The lure is approx. 3" long and 1-1/2" across the face. It is a solid body made of a some type of resin, and does not appear or act like plastic. It's more like the material a pool ball is made from. It does not appear to be molded or does it appear to be carved. The single hook you see in the picture folds up into the body, and the little "comb" on top (which is plastic) also folds down into the body. I couldn't resist pulling it through the water to see what it's action was like. A constant retrieve produces an action somewhat like a Jitterbug with a lisp. A popping action is much like a Hula Popper except it throws a much smaller amount of water, 2-3 ft. in front of itself. It is a floater, but sets very low in the water, with only perhaps an 1/8" showing when at rest.

Being that 99.9 % of this tackle is Shakespeare as his Grandfather had some sort of connection with Shakespeare, my first thought was/is proto-type.......what do you think?

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure1.JPG

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure2.JPG

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure3.JPG

gooch
05-17-2005, 09:47 AM
I dont know what it is but thats one ugly lure!!!!!!!!!

Looks like a mushroom with a key and a hook sticking out.

Roberta
05-17-2005, 09:58 AM
Bassmaster runs a column on antique gear. You can email them at editorial@bassmaster.com
Put "What's it worth?" in the subject line and send along the photos. Or, you can snail mail the photos to

BASS
Bassmaster Magazine
"What's It Worth?
PO Box 10000
Lake Buena vista, FL 32830

Roberta

VietVet68
05-17-2005, 10:08 AM
Thanks, Roberta.....I just sent the pics.


Bassmaster runs a column on antique gear. You can email them at editorial@bassmaster.com
Put "What's it worth?" in the subject line and send along the photos. Or, you can snail mail the photos to

BASS
Bassmaster Magazine
"What's It Worth?
PO Box 10000
Lake Buena vista, FL 32830

Roberta

VietVet68
05-17-2005, 10:35 AM
Thanks, Roberta.....I just sent the pics.
Hmmmm.....may not be any help, here is the response I just received.....

Thank you for your inquiry. I will forward it to Karl White. Mr. White addresses these types of inquiries here at Bassmaster Magazine. Karl is an expert at antique fishing paraphernalia and has authored several books on the subject. His monthly column, "What's It Worth?" features questions regarding old fishing tackle, lures, etc.

However, due to the popularity and overwhelming response to this column, only those questions selected for publication in his article will be answered. Thank you for your interest.

Best regards,

Althea Goodyear
Assistant EditorBASS
P.O. Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

tarfu
05-17-2005, 05:30 PM
howdy VV; you must be 'the glass is half empty' person. at least it's there, and if ms. goodyear let's 10 or 20 psi out of her butt (better traction)she might do her job with a bit more flair and a better message to those that do submit items for consideration.
by the way the 'comb' looks like a key in the photos. lol. tarfu

Roberta
05-17-2005, 06:14 PM
That's probably just a standard reply. I'll bet your item is odd enough to get a response.
It seems like I've seen something in one of the columns about a fin that stuck up like that, but it may just be a hallucination on my part. - Roberta

DmDuck
05-17-2005, 06:20 PM
Here is the link to Shakespeare , maybe you can contact them and see if it's one of theirs, as long as they've been in bussiness I bet they have a collector or two looking around out there !!

http://shakespeare-fishing.com/

Good Luck

VietVet68
05-17-2005, 06:49 PM
Thanks Jim, I just fired the pics off to "antiques@Shakespeare"


Here is the link to Shakespeare , maybe you can contact them and see if it's one of theirs, as long as they've been in bussiness I bet they have a collector or two looking around out there !!

http://shakespeare-fishing.com/

Good Luck

scrap
05-17-2005, 07:49 PM
I believe what you have there is the "KEY" to crappie fishing.
Seriously good luck in your search.

panfishfan
05-17-2005, 08:18 PM
OK, gang....I realize this might be off topic a bit but I wanted to get this mystery lure in front of as many eyes as I could.

A friend of my wife gave me a ton of old fishing tackle to give an approx. value to. I have been doing this for years and between my catalog library and Ebay I am rarely stumped unless it was a one of a kind hand carved, or a few of a kind prototype. But this one has me scratching my head. Here is the description, with pictures below.

The lure is approx. 3" long and 1-1/2" across the face. It is a solid body made of a some type of resin, and does not appear or act like plastic. It's more like the material a pool ball is made from. It does not appear to be molded or does it appear to be carved. The single hook you see in the picture folds up into the body, and the little "comb" on top (which is plastic) also folds down into the body. I couldn't resist pulling it through the water to see what it's action was like. A constant retrieve produces an action somewhat like a Jitterbug with a lisp. A popping action is much like a Hula Popper except it throws a much smaller amount of water, 2-3 ft. in front of itself. It is a floater, but sets very low in the water, with only perhaps an 1/8" showing when at rest.

Being that 99.9 % of this tackle is Shakespeare as his Grandfather had some sort of connection with Shakespeare, my first thought was/is proto-type.......what do you think?

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure1.JPG

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure2.JPG

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure3.JPG


Forgive me if this offends but IMHO, that thing looks like a masochistic butt plug. LOL. :D

fiddlefarter
05-17-2005, 09:45 PM
LOL, butt stay out of the gutter. Funny thing is thats the first thought that ran through my mind. Well no, but anyway.

panfishfan
05-17-2005, 10:26 PM
LOL, butt stay out of the gutter. Funny thing is thats the first thought that ran through my mind. Well no, but anyway.

like i said, i'm sorry if i offended. but, that is the first thing that hit me when i seen it.

David Von Drasek
05-17-2005, 10:47 PM
I have seen one of these. Think it was Herters. May have not been, but I think it is the front half of a jointed Yellow Headed Blackbird bass or pike plug I can rember as a kid in Minnesota. Does it have a hole in the front were an eye may have unscrewed, sorta hard to tell from the pic's. Checked a 1951 Herters catalog and didn't see it. OR I'm having one of those flashbacks that Nancy Regan promised 30 years ago.

fiddlefarter
05-17-2005, 10:50 PM
You didn't say anything bad about my momma, my dog, or the South Therefore you did not offend me.

VietVet68
05-17-2005, 11:06 PM
I have seen one of these. Think it was Herters. May have not been, but I think it is the front half of a jointed Yellow Headed Blackbird bass or pike plug I can rember as a kid in Minnesota. Does it have a hole in the front were an eye may have unscrewed, sorta hard to tell from the pic's. Checked a 1951 Herters catalog and didn't see it. OR I'm having one of those flashbacks that Nancy Regan promised 30 years ago.
Nope, no holes, the only eye is the one in front and it is not a screw in, it's a "U" loop that's formed/poured into the body. But now that you mention Herter's it seems like I do remember a baby blackbird plug that was modeled after the Baltimore Oriole.....hmmmm, if I could just remember where I put my old Herter's catalogs.
The other thing I just discovered is, the hinge pin for both the hook and the "comb" are made of brass.

tarfu
07-09-2005, 12:41 PM
OK, gang....I realize this might be off topic a bit but I wanted to get this mystery lure in front of as many eyes as I could.

A friend of my wife gave me a ton of old fishing tackle to give an approx. value to. I have been doing this for years and between my catalog library and Ebay I am rarely stumped unless it was a one of a kind hand carved, or a few of a kind prototype. But this one has me scratching my head. Here is the description, with pictures below.

The lure is approx. 3" long and 1-1/2" across the face. It is a solid body made of a some type of resin, and does not appear or act like plastic. It's more like the material a pool ball is made from. It does not appear to be molded or does it appear to be carved. The single hook you see in the picture folds up into the body, and the little "comb" on top (which is plastic) also folds down into the body. I couldn't resist pulling it through the water to see what it's action was like. A constant retrieve produces an action somewhat like a Jitterbug with a lisp. A popping action is much like a Hula Popper except it throws a much smaller amount of water, 2-3 ft. in front of itself. It is a floater, but sets very low in the water, with only perhaps an 1/8" showing when at rest.

Being that 99.9 % of this tackle is Shakespeare as his Grandfather had some sort of connection with Shakespeare, my first thought was/is proto-type.......what do you think?

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure1.JPG

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure2.JPG

http://home.ma.rr.com/thereadingers/lure3.JPG


howdy vv-68 did you ever find out what or where that lure came from? you got alot of input, and we never heard from you any further. please let us know what if anything you found out, please. thanks...tarfu