The ten dollars spent at that estate auction was surely the best investment I ever made!
What follows are descriptions of the contents of the tackle box.
Well, if you’ve acquired any of these five lures, I’ve got some good news for you: You’re flush.
These lures are worth thousands and thousands of dollars.
Other American manufacturers also have a loyal following. As can be expected, each one has their own story to tell.
The best-known are the Creek Chub Bait Co., Pflueger/Enterprise Mfg. The oldest of the four companies began as the American Fish Hook Company in 1864, and was incorporated in 1865 as the Enterprise Mfg. Family-run by the Pflueger brothers, Enterprise began with two lures, the Flying Helgramite and the Luminous Crystal Minnow. Enterprise continued to expand their selection of lures, experiencing the greatest growth from 1906-1930.
Gun maker Riley Haskell patented the design in 1859.
He also made 4 1/2 versions of the Haskell Minnow, which have an auction value of ,000-,000.
Today, Heddon lures are widely collected, with very early lures in good condition commanding prices from 0-500; an original box can almost double the value.
Most of these vintage lures are featured on Bassmaster’s list The 35 Most Valuable Antique Lures. The coveted 1853 copper Giant Haskell Minnow is arguably the rarest antique lure of all time; There’s only one of them known to be in existence. The auction company said, “It’s Holy Grail of fishing lures.” The six-inch copper lure has a rotating fin with two upward hooks on its tail.
In 2003, the lure was sold at Lang’s Discovery Auction in Waterville, N. It’s so valuable because it is the only lure of its size and type in existence.
In fact, the antique fishing lure pictured above, the Giant Haskell Minnow, sold at auction for 1,200.
You could buy all the tackle you’d ever desired with that amount of scratch, or better yet, buy a spiffin’ new boat. In general, the value of an antique fishing lure is determined by its scarcity, beauty, craftsmanship and condition.