BOX IS REALLY RARE AND PROBABLY THE FIRST WOOD BOX PFLUEGER USED FOR THERE MINNOWS AND IS PICTURED IN. Lure & Box are solid. Not brittle or coming apart. His some info about the lawsuit against Enterprise/Pflueger Co.It was during this period that Wm. Bought the Kalamazoo Fishing Tackle Company and its machinery from its owner, Jay B. Rhodes, another local inventor who patented a mechanical frog lure. Jay Rhodes also owned the patent rights for "The Rhodes' Perfect Casting Minnow" which had been patented on December 13th, 1904 by his nephew Fred D. Rhodes, and which had been improved upon by Jay with the addition of a clip hook-hanging hardware.
Fred Rhodes had operated his own lure and rod making and repairing (and bicycle repairing) business from within his home on Bush Street, and advertised his wooden minnow as the best bait on earth. Shakespeare became dissatisfied with the poor quality workmanship that Fred was providing. Company was now into the wooden lure, rod, and line manufacturing business, and Shakespeare's marketing expertise soon made his wooden minnow lures one of the most popular baits among sportsmen, and the most copied by his competitors. Veley was the employee who made the first Shakespeare wooden minnow.
Another local inventor, Bert O. Rhodes older brother assigned his July 3rd, 1906 patent for yet another mechanical rubber frog lure to Wm. And this lure also became a sensation with bass anglers across the nation.
In the early months of 1913 Mr. Shakespeare was in court defending his Rhoades Wooden Minnow patent against the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, a company in Akron, Ohio commonly known as Pflueger. Shakespeare won the suit, and Pfleuger had to stop producing its "Wizzard Minnow" and "Monarch Minnow" which had copied the hook hanger assembly patented earlier by Rhodes. Don't forget these are close up pictures that show everything that you normally cant see just looking at it in your hand.I would say this lure is Excellent Minus Condition. Just has some paint flaking but the lure is solid and not brittle. Box had some old masking tape on it in few areas that I just took my fingernail and it just disintegrated into powder. Pictures show the box with masking tape still on it accept the last two pictures show the after tape removed. No cracks or anything and box is solid and not falling apart. Look at those early hand soldered hooks! Early Pflueger or Rhodes Minnow with see thru hook hardware. The box is in Carl Whites volume 1.
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The item "READ Vintage Early PFLUEGER Minnow Fishing Lure & Box Shakespeare or Rhodes RARE" is in sale since Saturday, January 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Fishing\Vintage\Lures". The seller is "danslaptopparts" and is located in Ventura, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.